Richmond, VA: Printed by Dixon & Holt, 1784. First Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Very good condition. Item #018939
6 pages, 90 page of text (complete). The original patterned paper boards are worn, stained and soiled but intact, with old ink ownership notation on board: B.W. Leigh [Virginia politician Benjamin Watkins Leigh (1781-1849)]. Folio: measures 12 3/8 x 8 inches. The spine was rebacked in new leather with a leather spine label. The front endpaper was repaired. Previous owner's name on the front endpaper: Wm. Pierce. William Pierce (1753-1789) was an officer during the Revolutionary War, was elected to the Continental Congress, and was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Pierce did not sign the Constitution, having left at the end of June to attend a duel with merchant John Auldjo, which ironically was prevented by Alexander Hamilton. A bookplate and pencil owner's name from 1910 are on the front pastedown and endpaper. Generally a clean copy with minor foxing to a few pages, and a large diameter circular stain on pages 38-38 (bleeding through to adjacent pages) where it appears as though an oil lamp was placed. This folio revision was prepared by Thomas Jefferson and George Wythe, with the aid of Edmund Pendleton. In volume 20, page 10 of "The Writings of Thomas Jefferson", it is noted that 500 copies were ordered to be printed. Seven bills were revised by Jefferson. The Library of Congress holds Jefferson's annotated copy. According to Swem (no. 7440) & Hall, on June 18, 1779 Jefferson, Wythe and Pendleton reported 126 bills to the House. Some of the bills thus reported were enacted into laws, at the sessions of 1779, 1785 and 1786, but the Bills never seem to have been taken up by the Legislature as a complete code." Sabin 100040; ESTC W19095; Evans 18863.