New York: Printed by Samuel Loudon, 1787-1788. A consecutive run of this important monthly, from December 1787 through November 1788. Each issue disbound and lightly spotted. Four plates are referred to in the text, not present here. Else Very Good in a modern cloth case.
Webster's first review of THE FEDERALIST, in the March 1788 issue, praises its design: to demonstrate the insufficiency of the Articles of Confederation and the necessity of a new form of government. The April issue continues this REVIEW OF NEW PUBLICATIONS, agreeing with the authors of The Federalist that individual States, without a sufficiently strong Federal Government, face unacceptable dangers from foreign governments. The May issue prints an article by "an educated negro" on slavery; and additional information on the proposed Constitution, favoring the arguments printed by Hamilton, Jay, and Madison. Other issues print material on the politics of the new Nation, ratifications by States of the Constitution, slavery and the position of American Negroes, descriptions of American cities [Philadelphia and Boston particularly], poetry and other material.
Sabin 1135. Brinley Sale 7300. ESTC P2796. Evans 20191. Item #36717