The Last Edition of The Federalist Published in Hamilton's Lifetime [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. Volume I has two pages numbered 167 and two pages numbered 168, as noted on the errata sheet and with page numbering 263-270 repeated. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, light foxing to a few places in each volume, brief contemporary annotations to a few leaves, owner signature (of William Baylies, dated 1806) to title page s and front endleaf of Volume I. A handsome set. $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 amendments and Hamilton's "Pacificus" essays, which defended Washington's 1793 proclamation of neutrality during the Anglo-French War. Baylies [1776-1865] was a lawyer.
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