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Adams Defends U.S. Constitution, First French Edition
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First French edition, issued at a crucial moment in that country’s history, as the Revolution was becoming more radical. In 1792 the French Assembly stripped Louis XVI of his power and declared him a prisoner of the nation. They called together the Convention, in order to draft a new constitution to replace that of the prior year. Adams’s treatise explaining and defending the principles of the constitution of the government of the United States would have been a timely and informative work for the emerging French government.

[CONSTITUION]. JOHN ADAMS. Défense des Constitutions américaines, ou, de la nécessité d’une balance dans les pouvoirs d’un gouvernement libre. Paris: Chez Buisson, 1792. 2 volumes, 8vo (197 x 124 mm). Half-titles; a fresh, bright copy. Contemporary French paste paper boards, vellum-tipped corners, smooth mottled calf spines gilt, red and green lettering and numbering pieces; some worm damage to joints.

Inventory #26600.99       Price: $2,000

With the engraved calling card of Jean-Jacques-Basilien Gassendi (1746–1828), count and peer of France, who was a lieutenant (later major) general and parliamentarian during the Revolution, and under the First Empire and Restoration.

Provenance: Jean-Jacques-Basilien Gassendi (engraved calling card loosely laid in volume 1)

Reference: Howes A60; Sabin 237

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