London: Printed for G.G.J. And J. Robinson, 1788. Octavo. Item #026105
, ii , xxiv, 184, 159, , 299,  pages. The rare early printing of the U.S. Constitution in Great Britain in its original paper wraps. It is now known that William Godlin wrote not only the History of Henry VIII but also the other parts of the volume which are history. The earlier historian in the annual volumes prior to 1783 were written by Dr. Gilbert Stuart who asked Godwin to finish and continue the series. This was to continue until 1791 which is found in Godwin's journals (Jack W. Marken, "William Godwin's Annual Register" Modern Language Notes, Vol. 68:7, Nov, 1953)). As early as page 95 Arthur St. Clair who was elected President of the Continental Congress on April 17, 1787, addresses the states as "the 13 Independent Sovereign States" (yet on May 25th the Constitutional Convention convened with every state represented except the recalcitrant Rhode Island and instead of noting the independent states are the key opening words We The People). Then, immediately following this report is George Washington's often neglected introduction to the Constitution (p. 99-100) in the Public Papers section. What follows is the very early printing of the U.S. Constitution in Great Britain. Next is Jonathan Penrose's appeal for the abolition of slavery. Throughout the volume which covers the history of the world with the focus on England, France and the United States, we find Thomas Jefferson's "History of the Virginia Mountains" from his Notes on the State of Virginia and references to science from Benjamin Franklin to Herschel’s "Account of Three Volcanoes on the Moon" (a work which was among the most important in astronomy in the late 18th Century. This is the rare unbound, unopened and uncut original volume in newer paper wraps with paper label(usually found only in rebound editions with edges trimmed. The last that appeared at auction in this pristine state occurred in were in the opening decades of the 20th Century. Even the set of the Annual Register at the Sotheby's sale in 1980 lacked this volume.