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American Declaration of Independence
WE THE PEOPLE. THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE 1776. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES 1787. THE BILL OF RIGHTS 1791. PARIS: FRANCOIS DA ROS FOR ANN REEVES AND EDOUARD WEISS, 1987
loose large folio sheets (each c. 720 x 525mm.; 29 x 21 inches), limited edition of 250 copies signed by artist and publishers (of which only a handful were actually produced), this an unbound copy reserved by the publishers, containing a facsimile of the constitution in triptych and a copy of the text of the constitution in quadriptych (printed in Garamont type), both on parchment, facsimile on parchment of the Declaration of Independence, Declaration of Independence printed in Garamond type, facsimile of the Bill of Rights on parchment, the text of the Bill of Rights on parchment, a multi-coloured triptych lithograph on stone by the artist Paul Jenkins, and other leaves from the edition as finally issued as follows:  facsimile of etching God Save America, facsimile of Robert Scot engraving Plan of the Investment of York and Gloucester, guard sheet for the Constitution, facsimile of George Washington's annotated copy of the Constitution, copies of engravings of the State House in Philadelphia, the 1787 Conference, a further engraving by Amos Doolittle, a banner of the Society of Pewterers, table of contents, title page on parchment, copy of an early draft of the Independence with four smaller facsimile leaves mounted on larger sheet, facsimile of woodcut and poem A Bold Triumphal arch you see, facsimiles of the Jas Trenchard engraving Sacred to Liberty Justice and Peace, and the etchings The Arms of the United States and The Reverse of the Great Seal (on two sheets), triptych in the form of a pyramid for The Battle for Ratification of the Constitution (with facsimiles of 11 woodcuts which had appeared in The Massachusetts Centinel; two copies), facsimile of David Grim's watercolour The Banquet of the Federal Procession of New York, July 23rd 1788, title page for the Bill of Rights in Garamond type on Parchment, facsimile of Edward Savage's engraving Liberty, facsimile of Benjamin Tanner's engraving after Barralett American Guided by Wisdom, further triptych Sacred to Patriotism with offset reproduction plate by Cornelius Tiebout's plate (with second copy of reproduction present), title page on parchment for the Jenkins lithograph, and colophon leaf with reproduction of Benjamin Franklin drawing on verso, loose in red cloth portfolio
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This fine edition was created to honour the bicentenary of the Constitution on 17 September 1987.

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