1863 CIVIL WAR & GEORGE WASHINGTON. Constitution of the United States & Declaration of Independence - Last Issue before 13th Amendment?
1863 CIVIL WAR & GEORGE WASHINGTON. Constitution of the United States & Declaration of Independence - Last Issue before 13th Amendment?
1863 CIVIL WAR & GEORGE WASHINGTON. Constitution of the United States & Declaration of Independence - Last Issue before 13th Amendment?

1863 CIVIL WAR & GEORGE WASHINGTON. Constitution of the United States & Declaration of Independence - Last Issue before 13th Amendment?

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A very scarce little imprint with no other examples on the market at any price we are able to locate. In fact, we can't locate hide nor hair of this imprint period. Benjamin B. Russell was active as a printer from c.1790-1820, from which this certainly does not date. Then, again at outbreak of the Civil War, the presses were apparenty turned on again [perhaps by a son]. During this period, the press issued almost exclusively pro-Lincoln material, including the letters of Lincoln, the Conscription Act of 1863, etc., 

We suspect this edition is from the same, c.1863. It includes the often misprinted XIIIth Amendment, which was never ratified by the states and, in 1865, would be replaced by what we now know as the XIIIth Amendment, abolishing slavery, Perhaps one of the last imprints of the Constitution before its inclusion. 

So the present, pocket edition of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and George Washington's Farewell Speech were almost certainly issued in this diminutive size to be given to soldiers as a "pocket book." This rare survivor is in extraordinary condition and is an almost unique example of a Civil War era imprint.

Constitution of the United States of America. Boston. Benj. B. Russell. 36pp.

[bound with]

The Declaration of Independence and Washington's Farewell Address. Boston. Benj. B. Russell. 48pp.

Good +, very tight and solid pocket volume. Light ading and hazing to cloth, some sporadic foxing throughout.