New Haven: Baldwin & Ellis, 1833. Broadsheet, letterpress and woodcut, 30.7” x 21.5”. Several small discrete damp stains, one small marginal loss, soft creases from old folds, overall very good. Item #100217
Rare letterpress broadside printing of the U.S. Constitution. Tile in six lines continued with the Preamble followed by Articles 1-7 signed in type by Geo. Washington, Pres’t [sic] and William Jackson, Secretary followed by amendments 1-13 arranged in 4 columns within an arched woodcut colonnade border. The colonnade is flanked by statistics of the United States, individual states and territories including Missouri Territory and Oregon (noting only sq. miles-420,000), Heights of Mountains and Length of Rivers. Keystone portrait of George Washington surmounted by the Great Seal of U.S. Contains five additional statistical tables each with single or double row border, citing Governors of the several United States, Government of the United States, Presidents of the United States with Table of Electoral Votes, A Table of Distances…, and National Debt with Description of the Capitol. The whole surrounded by double-row borders at left and right with triple-row borders at top and bottom.
The 13th amendment regarding “Title of Nobility” was passed by resolution in 1810 but never adopted and thus an erroneous inclusion here. The official record was ironically corrected by the publication of Chief Justice Joseph Story’s Commentaries on the Constitution at Boston in 1833.
A visually striking typographic arrangement. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1833, by J.L. Church, in the Clerk’s Office, in the District of Connecticut. Printed by Baldwin & Ellis, New Haven. An unusual imprint for these publishers as their output for 1833-4 appears confined to religious tracts, orations and a Yale College catalog.
Quite rare, OCLC locates 1 copy at Yale (cited as 1v. pamphlet).