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Constitutional Convention. 5/14/1787-9/17/1787 Constitution. Printed Dunlap & Claypoole edition inscribed to Jonathan Williams

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03585 Author/Creator: Constitutional Convention. 5/14/1787-9/17/1787 Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Document signed Date: 17 September 1787 Pagination: 4 p. [ of 6] 41 x 25.5 cm Order a Copy PDF Download(s): PDF copy (image only)

Fragment lacking last two pages. Variant early ("official") printing of the Constitution by Dunlap & Claypoole, inscribed by Benjamin Franklin (as President of Pennsylvania) to his nephew Jonathan Williams, Esquire. (Not his grand-nephew, Jonathan Williams, Jr., who accompanied Franklin to Europe.) This is a variant edition of the official editions; compare to Evans 20818 (official, GLC 259) and 20819 (newspaper). Sothebys 1988 sale lot #31 describes this variant edition, which is based on the type-setting of Evans 20819, but with the newspaper masthead removed.

Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

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