(ANNUAL REGISTER). The Annual Register, or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature for the Year 1776. The Fourth Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1788. 4th ed. iv,112,113*-192*,113-270,,259,[9, contents] pp. double-columned. Modern leather, gilt-ruled spine, red morocco spine label. Very good. Sabin 1614. Lowndes 48. "This most valuable record and chronicle of historical and political events. contains accurate accounts of the Revolutionary War . and many other American subjects"--Sabin. Edmund Burke suggested the idea of The Annual Register and served for years as its editor and major contributor. Many leading historians of the American Revolution, including David Ramsay, James Murray, and William Gordon, borrowed extensively from the series. The Declaration of Independence appears herein on pages 261-64 under "Reasons assigned by the Continental Congress, for the North-American Colonies and Provinces withdrawing their Allegiance to the King of Great-Britain." The Articles of Confederation follow. This volume also records major political and historical events of the time, such as coverage of the Battle of Quebec, parliamentary legislation such as the Prohibitory Act, and fierce debate over the American colonies. The sections are "History of Europe," "Chronicle," "State Papers," "Characters," "Natural History," "Projects," "Antiquities," "Miscellaneous Essays," "Poetry," and "Account of Books for 1777."