[CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. Journals of the Congress...Vol. I (Sept. 5, 1774-Jan. 1 1776) through Vol. XIII (November 1787-November 1787). Philadelphia amd New York: R. Aitken, John Dunlap, David Claypoole, John Patterson, 1777-1788. (see detailed list on Christie's website)
13 vols in 8 bindings, 8o. Name clipped from margin of title in Vol. XII, very slight browning. Contemporary American half mottled calf over marbled paper boards, gilt-lettered red morocco spine labels, slight rubbing. Most titlepages signed ("P Wingate").
FROM REVOLUTION TO CONSTITUTION: A COMPLETE SET IN ORIGINAL BINDINGS, OWNED BY PAINE WINGATE (1739-1837), THE LAST SURVIVING DELEGATE TO THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS. The Journals were issued by the government's printers Robert Aitken, John Patterson, John Dunlap and David Claypoole. This fine set incorporates the full text of the Declaration of Independence established by Congress on 18 January 1777, plus the names of the Signers, minutes of the debates at the 1787 Constitutional Convention and the proposed Constitution. Together 8 items.
Complete sets, uniformly bound, of these historic Journals are very seldom encountered. (8)
CONTENTS: Journals...Vol. I, Sept. 5, 1774 to Jan. 1 1776. Philadelphia: R. Aitken, 1777 (Evans 15683). - Vol. II, for the Year 1776. Philadelphia: R. Aitken 1777 (Evans 15684). - Vol. III, January 1, 1777 to January 1, 1778. New York: John Patterson  (Evans 21527). - Vol. IV, January 1, 1778 to January 1, 1779. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, 1782 (Evans 16584). - Vol V, January 1, 1779 to January 1, 1780. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, 1782 (Evans 177766). - Vol. VI, for the Year 1780. [Philadelphia]: John Dunlap,  (Evans 20779). - Vol. VII, for the Year 1781. New York: John Patterson, 1787 (Evans 20773). - Vol. VIII, November 1782 to November 1783. Philadelphia: David C. Claypoole, 1783 (Evans 18266). - Vol IX, November 1783 to June 1784. Philadelphia: John Dunlap,  (Evans 18840). - Vol. X, November 1784 to November 1785. Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1785 (Evans 19316). - Vol. XI, November 1785 to November 1786. [Philadelphia:] John Dunlap,  (Evans 20068). - Vol XII, November 1786 to November 1787. [Philadelphia:] Published by Order of the Congress, 1787 (Evans 20772). - Vol. XIII, November 1787 to November 1788. [Philadelphia:] John Dunlap,  (Evans 21526).
Provenance: Paine Wingate, Delegate to Congress in 1788, Senator (1789-1793), Representative (1795) and state legislator from New Hampshire, best rememberd for being the last surviving delegate to have served in the Continental Congress. (See Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress).