Journal of the Proceedings of Congress Held at Philadelphia from September 5, 1775, to April 30, 1775.
J. Almon, ( 1778), Philadelphia: Printed, LONDON
21 cm. 202 pp. Printed in two columns.
This is the first British printing of the Journal, recounting the alarming and critical situation of affairs upon the continent of America, early in the struggle for Independence. The Delegates from Georgia, Virginia and elsewhere produce their credentials and are seated. The proceedings include urgent communications with General Washington; the raising of troops, the manufacture of munitions, the rules and regulations of the continental army, the ongoing military campaigns, taxation and apportionment of expenses among the thirteen United Colonies and, most importantly from our point of view, the Rules for the regulations of the navy of the United Colonies.” This is the copy of James Strohn Copley, with his bookplate. Copley published the San Diego Union and the San Diego Evening Tribune until his death in 1973, and was an unabashed Goldwater/Nixon conservative. This would have been required reading in support of an originalist view of the Constitution. Bound in modern quarter leather over marbled boards, very good condition.