Appealing Early Edition of The Federalist Hamilton, Alexander [1755-1804]. James Madison [1751-1836]. John Jay [1745-1829]. The Federalist, On the New Constitution; Written in 1788. A New Edition, With the Names and Portraits of the Several Writers. Philadelphia: Published by Benjamin Warner, 1818. vi, -504 pp. Lithographed portrait frontispiece of Hamilton, two other plates with portraits of Madison and Jay, all portraits have tissue overlays. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Recent period-style calf, lettering piece, gilt fillets and gilt ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Light toning, occasional light foxing. A handsome copy. $4,500. * Second single-volume edition, a reissue of the first with plates. With the text of the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution. Of the eighty-five essays, John Jay wrote numbers 1-5 and 54, Madison wrote numbers 10, 14, and 37-48. Numbers 18-20 were written by all three. The remaining 50 were written by Hamilton. (The author's name is listed at the end of each essay in this edition.) The essays aimed 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 yet seen. Most of these essays appeared under the collective pseudonym "Publius" in New York newspapers and journals from October 27, 1787 to early June 1788. The M'Lean brothers published the first edition of The Federalist (along with the text of the Constitution) in 1788 as a two-volume set. The present edition follows the text of the 1802 Hopkins edition, which was the first to include corrections by Jay and Hamilton. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2818. Ford, Bibliography and Reference List of the History and Literature Relating to the Adoption of the Constitution of the United States 1787-1788 14 (50).
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