Philadelphia: Printed by Mathew Carey, 1787. , 212-311,  pp. Widely scattered light foxing; final few leaves with some blank inner margin wear. Pages 276-286 print, in Very Good condition, the proposed U.S. Constitution, claimed as its first magazine printing. Overall Good+, in modern pale grey paper over boards.
This September issue is credited [along with another Philadelphia publication, 'The Columbian Magazine'] as the first periodical printing of the Constitution of the United States. The prefacing paragraph and Preamble are also printed: "The Constitution framed for the united states of America, by a convention of deputies from the states ... at a session begun May 14, and ended September 17, 1787. We, the people of the united states, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice..." After the Constitution, signatures in type of George Washington and other delegates, listed by state, are printed; followed by Washington's two transmittal letters to the States, and Congress's resolution [signed in type by Charles Thomson as Secretary] "recommending the appointment of state conventions, to consider the preceding constitution".
The Constitution is not the only item of importance contained in this September number. It also has an early American printing of Benjamin Franklin's "Information for those who wish to remove to America," first printed privately in Passy in 1784; and several other essays on American commerce, politics, and culture.
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