Washington: Printed by and for the editor, 1827-1830. Four volumes. viii,358,8; viii,33-487; [vii],-404; [viii],xvi,-416,pp. Contemporary sheep, spine with raised bands, red and black gilt morocco labels. A few joints starting. Scattered foxing. One leaf in first volume torn straight across from fore-edge to gutter, affecting only one line of text on each page. Very good. Item #WRCAM39790
Records the state ratification debates on the Constitution, of great importance in American constitutional history. The first three volumes include the debates in Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and North and South Carolina. The supplementary fourth volume contains the journal and debates regarding the Federal convention "with the constitution of the United States, illustrated by the opinions of twenty successive congresses, and a digest of decisions in the courts of the Union, involving constitutional principles." These additional records were intended to show "the rise, progress, present condition, and practice of the constitution, in the national legislature and legal tribunals of the republic." A fine collection of the debates with related documents. A second edition of the work was published in 1836, and a fifth volume was printed in 1845. HOWES E98.