98
98
Jefferson, Thomas, as Secretary of State
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 122,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
98
Jefferson, Thomas, as Secretary of State
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 122,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Jefferson, Thomas, as Secretary of State

Return of the Whole Number of Persons within the Several Districts of the United States. Philadelphia: Childs  and Swaine, 1791

8vo (8 x 4 3/4 in.; 204 x 125 mm). Signed on the final text leaf ("Th:Jefferson"); minor worming in lower left margin affecting the title-page and first text leaf, some marginal spotting. Contemporary Dutch-combed marbled paper wrappers; right edge of upper wrapper frayed, lower half of backstrip perished, wormhole in lower left corner of upper wrapper, some remnants of paper adhering to joints. Green cloth folding-case, tan morocco spine lettered gilt.


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Provenance

J. P. Cilley (inscription, Rockland, 1873)

Literature

Evans 23916; Howes R220

Catalogue Note

First edition of the first United States census, signed by Thomas Jefferson on the final text leaf. The enumeration was evidently printed in a very small edition for distribution by the Secretary of State at whose urging the census was undertaken. Rare, only two other copies have appeared at auction since 1975: the Park and the Sedgwick-Norton copies.

The JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: MAGNIFICENT AMERICAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS: FIRST SELECTION

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