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"United States Constitution" from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill in Boston - Pre-ratification, with letter from George Washington

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The print is from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill in Boston. You can purchase the Constitution, described below, or the Constitution and the Declaration, which is also printed at Edes & Gill, at a savings of $5 for the pair.


This video was shot at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill the day they began printing the Boston edition of the United States Constitution. In the video, Gary Gregory, founder and print master, describes the five year effort to print this for the first time since 1787.

This the broadside with the Constitution, as printed in Boston before ratification, and it includes a letter from Washington urging ratification. (The letter is on the second side, at the bottom.) 

The print is from the Printing Office of Edes & Gill located in the Clough House (c 1715) on the grounds of the Old North Church Historic Site in Boston.

The original broadside was printed on both sides of a sheet.

These are printed on two sheets, which makes them convenient for framing, on a sheet that is 11 1/2" x 17 1/2"

As was the case with the original broadsides, there is variability in ink coverage. To get a better idea of why some of these differences occur, watch the video above.

We also have the Boston broadside of the "Declaration of Independence," printed by Edes & Gill.

, as well as the Philadelphia broadside, printed by John Dunlap, and the Baltimore broadside printed by Mary Katherine Goddard.

— Lee Wright  |  Founder  |  The History List  |  History Camp

 About Benjamin Edes & John Gill

On April 7, 1755, Edes and Gill became the proprietors of The Boston Gazette and Country Journal. According to the author of Infamous Scribblers (2006), the Boston Gazette, arguably the most influential newspaper the country has ever known, got us into the Revolutionary War, sped up the course of the war and may have even determined the outcome of the war.


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            Customer Reviews

            Based on 12 reviews
            Jeremy P.
            Beautiful piece

            I bough this piece twice. The original one I had hanging framed in my office my brother admired and I gave it to him as well as the bill of rights for the holidays as he is a second year law student. He was speechless and loved it. I have this copy hanging in my home next to a copy of the Declaration of Independence. I love the way they used the spelling and printing of the time and the paper as well. This is a beautiful piece and any history buff big or small should have this in their collection

            Eric G.
            Early Constitution

            This is a great high-quality replica of the U S Constitution as it was sent to the states for ratification, printed in Boston. I purchased this along with the Declaration of Independence and was not disappointed. Fast shipping!!

            Thomas G.
            U.S. Constitution from Eded & Gill, Boston

            Excellent quality paper and printing, rapid shipping, and most importantly well packaged.
            Will hang prominently next the the Declaration in our living room.
            Thanks Lee, for outstanding work.

            Matthew M.

            I ordered both the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and I love them both. Great quality and fast shipping. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

            Mark R.
            Thank You.

            I received the Declaration and the Constitution a few days ago. Superb quality, and I love the manner in which these documents of our Republic were printed. A real link to the past in a meaningful way. Thank you.

            Crispin C.

            Received my order the other day and unfortunately it came damaged in shipping. Sent Lee an e mail suggesting a tube might be a solution and told him I would try to remove the wrinkles and not to send a replacement. It took no time for Lee to respond and inform me that he would send another copy even though I asked him not to and asked if I could donate the item to a local school.

            Outstanding service Thank you Lee

            Francis P.

            I am very satisfied with my purchase. It’s both informative and displayable. I would highly recommend this item to anyone with an interest in American history.

            Allen L.

            This is a great product. It is well made and I am very happy with it. it is exactly as advertised.

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