Arion Press Limited Edition Preamble Letterpress Print

Article number: Limited Edition Preamble
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In 1987, in association with the Library of Congress, Arion Press published a bicentennial edition of the United States Constitution. The book has since become one of the most collected Arion titles and serves as the inspiration for this unique, limited edition print. 

In 2021, Arion Press' Preamble stand-alone print positions this often cited text for a new audience.

Letterpress printed and typeset by hand, this unique broadside is housed in a triptych “wrap,” containing an original short essay by Peter Sagal, host of the PBS’s Constitution USA and NPR’S Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.

A first edition of 350 copies have been printed on dampened all-cotton rag paper handmade by Moulin Richard de Bas, from metal types set by hand in Weiss Antiqua and Titling. A portion of the edition has been distributed hors commerce as an appreciation to Arion Press Subscribers.



  • first edition unnumbered copy
  • 7 ½ by 11 inches, with one deckled edge
  • Imprinted in two colors with foil stamping on handmade paper
  • Enclosed in tri-fold blue card stock jacket
  • Imprinted with Sagal’s essay
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