Item #81202 Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North. CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.

Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North

Item #81202

[CONTINENTAL CONGRESS]. A Declaration by the Representatives of the United Colonies of North America, Now Met in General Congress at Philadelphia, Seting [sic] Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms. Philadelphia: Printed by William and Thomas Bradford, 1775. [2],13pp. Half title. Gathered signatures, stitched as issued. Moderate tanning, foxing, and a bit of light soiling. Small closed tear in top edge of half title, light corner wear. A very good copy, in as issued condition. Untrimmed. Howes D198, "b." Evans 14544. ESTC W30722. Hildeburn 3189. Sabin 15522, 19159. American Controversy 75-149a. Reese, Revolutionary Hundred 34. The very rare first edition of this crucial Revolutionary document, in original condition. The declaration of Congress issued July 6, 1775, formally presented the reasons for the American colonies taking up arms against Great Britain. Issued in the wake of the battles of Lexington and Concord and at Bunker Hill, and a year before the formal Declaration of Independence, the work is one of the most significant statements of the Continental Congress - a clear indication of the seriousness and intractability of the Americans. The work proclaims: "Our cause is just. Our union is perfect. Our internal resources are great, and if necessary, foreign assistance is undoubtedly attainable." With this document the Continental Congress and the American colonies crossed the Rubicon - the road to independence became the only realistic path forward. There were an additional seven printings in America in 1775, following this official Philadelphia printing by the Bradford brothers, reflecting its immediate importance to the American cause. Only COMMON SENSE appeared in more editions in the American colonies during this crisis period. A landmark work, of the greatest possible importance.

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