The Last Edition Published in Hamilton's Lifetime, And the First American Edition to Publicly Identify the Authors [Hamilton, Alexander (1755 or 1757-1804)]. [Madison, James (1751-1836)]. [Jay, John Jay (1745-1829)]. The Federalist, On the New Constitution. By Publius. Written in 1788. To Which is Added, Pacificus, On the Proclamation of Neutrality. Written in 1793. Likewise, The Federal Constitution, With All the Amendments. Revised and Corrected. New York: George F. Hopkins, 1802. Two volumes. viii, 317, ; v, , 351 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary tree sheep, gilt rules to boards, expertly rebacked retaining original spine with gilt fillets, ornaments and lettering pieces, hinges, corners and a few scuffs carefully mended. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards. Moderate toning to text, light foxing and faint dampstaining to margins in a few places, light foxing to text of a few leaves, small chip to fore-edge of pp. 267-268 in Volume I. Early owner signatures to front free endpapers and title pages, interiors otherwise clean. A handsome copy of a scarce edition of a fundamental work. $12,500. * Landmark second edition, "Revised and Corrected" with Hamilton's approval by George Hopkins, and the last edition in Hamilton's lifetime. For more than two centuries, this work has influenced our understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the government and nature of the United States. Written to encourage ratification of the proposed constitution by New York State, it was seen almost immediately as the most compelling commentary on the most radical form of government the world had seen. Most of the essays that comprise this work appeared originally under the collective pseudonym "Publius" in New York newspapers and journals from October 27, 1787 to early June 1788. (Most scholars agree that 51 of the essays were written by Hamilton, 29 Madison and 5 by Jay.) The first edition was published by the M'Lean brothers as a two-volume work in March and May 1788. The second edition is significant because its preface establishes Hamilton, Madison and Jay as the authors and discusses the extent of their contributions. Published fourteen years after the U.S. Constitution's ratification and two years before Hamilton's death, it also includes the text of the U.S. Constitution with the first eleven a.
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