Philadelphia: Mathew Carey [Printed by], 1790 & 1789. Mixed Edition, Third and Second. 2 Octavos; G+; Ex Library; Bound in brown leather, which has worn away, with gilt lettering to the spine; Boards are bent at the corners, some fraying beginning; Soiling to front and rear as well as along the spine; Bindings somewhat shaken with cracking along the gutters; Both books are ex library with library stickers on the paste downs; 2 Bookplates of the previous owners on front paste downs of both volumes; Notations to the last page of volume 2; Scratching and toning to the edges of the text block; Foxing thoughout; HSDC consignment, shelved in Case 9 3/4.
Shelved Dupont Bookstore
This 2 volume set is in a mixed state: Volume I, covering issues i [January 1787] through vi [June 1787] is a third edition and Volume II, covering issues vi [July 1787] through xii [December 1787] is a second edition; [br] Carey's American Museum is one of the most important American periodicals of the 18th Century, printing poetry, political tracts, as well as foreign correspondence; in particular, volume II is of interest, being one of the earliest known periodical printings of the Constitution [in the September issue] as well as some of the earliest Federalist letters [in the November and December issues]; Volume I includes Carey's dedication to Lafayette; Of the American Museum, George Washington said: "a more useful literary plan had never been undertaken in America." [Sabin]