Examen du Gouvernement d'Angleterre Compare aux Constitutions...
An Important Influence of the Political Philosophy of the French Revolution [Stevens, John (1749-1838)]. [Faure, Louis Joseph, Translator]. Examen du Gouvernement d'Angleterre Compare aux Constitutions des Etats-Unis: Ou l'On Refute Quelques Assertions Contenues dans l'Ouvrage de M. Adams, Intitule: Apologie des Constitutions des Etats-Unis d'Amerique, & Dans Celui de M. Delolme, Intitule: De la Constitution d'Angleterre. [Paris]: Londres, Et se Trouve a Paris: Chez Froulle, 1789. viii, 291 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, edges rouged, gilt rules to board edges, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. Negligible rubbing to boards, light fading near top-edges, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, joints just starting at ends. Some toning to text, light foxing to title page and a few other leaves, internally clean. An attractive copy. $1,500. * Only edition. This work was originally published in 1787 as a 56-page pamphlet entitled Observations on Government; Including Some Comments on Mr. Adams's Defense of the Constitution and Government of the United States of America. Ignored in America, it became an important influence on French debates about government during the first phase of the French Revolution in this version translated by Faure, who transformed it into a 291-page book with the addition of notes by Pierre S. DuPont de Nemours, Nicolas de Condorcet and J.A. Gauvain Gallors, a translation of the new U.S. Constitution and notes from Virginia's ratifying convention. Originally attributed to William Livingston, this work was written by Stevens, an engineer and inventor best known for his work on the development of the steamboat. Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 41646. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2777.
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