Paris: Chez Buisson, Libraire, rue Hautefeuille, 1792.
First French edition, variant issue. ,xxii-lii,-366; ,511 pp. Half titles present. 2 vols. 8vo. First French edition: The ‘Federalist’ in the French Revolution. Contemporary mottled calf, finely rebacked with gilt spines. Fine. Howes H114; "aa;" Sabin 23993; Ford 18. For first edition: Grolier American 100, 19; PMM 234. Item #316902
The first French edition of Hamilton, Madison, and Jay's celebrated collection of articles supporting the ratification of the United States Constitution. The other issue of this printing contains an introduction by the translator, M. Trudaine de la Sablière, in the first volume (not present here, hence the irregular pagination); the preliminary pages here contain the U.S. Constitution.
It is the second edition overall, and the first edition to name the previously anonymous authors (giving their names as Hamilton, Madisson, and Gay).
An important edition evocative of the significance of the American precedent to the French revolutionaries.
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