Philadelphia: Printed by William Ross, 1797. Leather. Octavo size, 641 pp. Good. Item #15083234
The Fifth United States Congress met while John Adams was President, and Thomas Jefferson was Vice-President (and consequently President of the Senate), and this volume includes the acts and laws passed by this Congress in its first, second, and third sessions; one significant accomplishment was the ratification of the Treaty of Tripoli, which includes the oft-disputed Article XI, stating that "the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion", included in the treaty to signal to Islamic nations that the United States was acting as a sovereign state and not as a religious power.
This volume also includes the U.S. Constitution as it was ratified at the Philadelphia Convention on 1787, and is a fascinating look at the burgeoning government and legislative works of the newly formed United States.
___DESCRIPTION: Full brown leather, blind-embossed decorative borders on the front and rear boards, the spine with five blind-embossed rules, red leather spine label with decorative borders and lettering in gilt; octavo size (8.25" by 5"), pagination: [1-3] 4-561 (pagination starts over at the Constitution) [1-3] 4-26 (and again at the Table of Contents and the Index) [i] ii-iv [1-50].
___CONDITION: Volume is good, with a strong, square text block; boards have light overall soiling, some rubbing to the head and tail of the spine, to the edges of the board, and to the corners, corners are bumped, slight cracking at the rear hinge, but text block is still strong, text block and interior pages with light foxing, light toning throughout the interior pages, and there are prior owner names written in pen on the front and rear free endpapers, at the top of the title page, and at the top of the last page of text.
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