Sale 503 Lot 224

ALMON, John (1737-1805), editor
the Remembrancer, or Impartial Repository of Public Events. Part I[-II] for the Year 1776. London: for J. Almon, 1776.

2 volumes, 8vo (225 x 145 mm). (Titles recornered, a few leaves with marginal repairs not affecting text, a few leaves wormed Part I.) Modern half leather, preserving uncut edges.

FIRST EDITION, CONTAINING THE FIRST ENGLISH PRINTING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. The Remembrancer, published in 17 volumes between 1775 and 1784, is "one of the chief and... most reliable sources of information regarding the revolution. It is a veritable mine of information, containing every authentic paper relative to the American Revolution, whether published in England or America, by the British Ministry or the American Congress, and is even today the original authority from which much of our information is obtained" (Church). The Declaration of Independence is printed in Part II, pp.258-260. RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, only two copies have appeared on the market in the last 40 years. Howes A-182; Sabin 955.

Estimate $ 1,500-2,500

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