American Archives: Fourth Series. Containing a Documentary History of the English Colonies in North America, from the King's Message to Parliament, of March 7, 1774 to the Declaration of Independence by the United States. (Volume 1).

Washington DC: M. St. Clair Clarke and Peter Force, 1837. First edition. Hardcover. Highly desirable volume, as these are the most important documents of the American Revolutionary period, collected and published by Peter Force, (1790 - 1868), who was an American politician, publisher and collector of historical documents. Force's American Archives were started under contract with the Department of State, under the authority of an act of Congress. The six volumes which comprise Series Four were published from 1837 to 1846.

Force possessed the largest private collection of printed and manuscript sources on American history in the country; his collection was purchased in 1867 and formed the basis of the Library of Congress' collection of 18th century material.

Force planned to publish 20 volumes of the Archives, although only 9 came to fruition. In this book (Fourth Series, Volume I), contents cover the period from March 7, 1774 to May 2, 1775, and include official documents, legislative records, and private correspondence of consequence. The highly detailed Table of Contents, which lists documents by type and then by month and day, provides a very useful synopsis of each item.

Small folio, (8), cxv, (contents unpaginated) 6-1886pp, folding facsimile of the signature page (only) of the Plan of Association adopted by Congress in October, 1774. Each page is printed in two columns, with the columns numbered rather than the pages. Half calf and blue marbled boards, title in gilt at spine. Boards and spine rubbed; front inner hinge a bit tender. Light scattered fox spotting internally; a short tear at the folding facsimile. OCLC: 57262968 records 3 copies. Sabin 25053. Good +. Item #22244

Price: $325.00

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