The Indispensable Record of the Continental Congress, This Set Includes the Very Rare 1777 Aitken Printing of Volume II [United States]. [Continental Congress]. [Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1783]. Philadelphia: Robert Aitken [and others] 1777-1784. Nine volumes. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Later signed bindings by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, three-quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and lettering pieces to spines, top-edges gilt, endpapers renewed. Occasional light rubbing and minor nicks and scuffs to boards and spines, moderate rubbing to extremities. Some toning to interiors, slightly heavier in places, occasional light foxing and dampspotting, faint offsetting to corners of preliminaries and final leaves of each volume. A handsome set. $25,000. * Covering the years 1774 to 1783, the entire period of the American Revolution, this set comprises the first nine volumes of the official journals issued by the Continental Congress. (Thirteen volumes in all were printed through 1789, when the U.S. Constitution was enacted.) Our set includes the rarest imprint of the series: the Robert Aitken printing of Volume II, which records the opening events of the American Revolution. (The complete text of the Declaration of Independence is printed on pp. 241-246.) According to Aitken's account, 532 copies were completed. In the fall of 1777 the British forced Congress to evacuate Philadelphia. Unable to transport many copies of the Journal, many were left behind and later destroyed by the British, which accounts for the scarcity of this volume today. Indeed, the last copy to appear at auction, in 2017, sold for $11,000.00. Taken together, these volumes provide a vivid real-time account of the American Revolution as it was experienced by the Founding Fathers. See the final image for details about each volume in this set.
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