Lot 7 of 218:
Federalist Papers, rare 2nd edition, 1802  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$8,400
Estimate:
$10,000 - $15,000

Title:
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

Author:
Hamilton, Alexander; John Jay; & James Madison

Place:
New York

Publisher:
Printed and Sold by George F. Hopkins

Date:
1802

Description:

2 volumes. viii, 317, [1]; v, [1], [1] ad, 351 pp. (8vo) 21.5x13 cm (8½x5¼"), period quarter roan & marbled boards, spines tooled in gilt. Second Edition.

The scarce and important second edition of this seminal work on political theory, comprising 85 political essays, all but the last 8 of which were first published in newspapers in New York, in an effort to convince New York to approve the Federalist Constitution. Alexander Hamilton wrote 51 of the essays, James Madison 14, and John Jay 5; the authorship of 15 of the essays is in dispute between Hamilton and Madison. They were all published under the pseudonym "Publius." This edition, which was probably edited by William Coleman and was the last edition published during Hamilton's lifetime, was much revised from the 1788 first edition, and contains the additions of the "Pacificus" papers as well as the Constitution and its amendments. Howes describes the work as the "most famous and influential American political work."  Howes H114; Sabin 23981. Ink name of R. Woode to front endpapers, with remains of his bookplates.


Lot Amendments

Condition:
Covers well rubbed but the bindings sound; some darkening to contents, foxing to title pages, front free endpapers coming loose; very good or better, rare in contemporary bindings.


 
Item number:
274484
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