Facsimile of the Rare First Edition Bound in Period-Style Calf With An Original Leaf from the First Edition, 1788 [Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison and John Jay]. The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, As Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. New-York: Printed and Sold by J. and A. M'Lean, no. 41, Hanover-Square., 1788. 2 volumes in one. vi, 227; vi, 384 pp. Reprinted 2001 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. Bound to style in full calf in antique style, with leather lettering piece and fillets to spine. $950. * Special limited numbered facsimile reprint edition, 193 copies, of the very rare 1788 first edition containing an original bound-in leaf. The views of Hamilton, Madison and Jay expressed in this landmark work have had a lasting effect on U.S. Constitutional law. Most scholars agree that 51 of the essays were written by Hamilton, 29 Madison and 5 by Jay. Most of the individual essays appeared under the collective pseudonym "Publius" in New York newspapers and journals from October 27, 1787 to early June 1788. The first edition was published anonymously and printed by the M'Lean brothers, who collected and published the first 36 essays as Volume I in March, 1788, with the final 49 essays in Volume II in May of the same year, along with the text of the Constitution. The essays were intended to encourage ratification of the proposed constitution by New York State, but were immediately recognized as the most compelling commentary on the most radical form of government the world had seen. Hamilton's essays especially express a strong concern for the rights of property over the natural rights of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," as outlined by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence.
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