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    [Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay]. 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: Printed and sold by George F. Hopkins, 1802. Second U. S. edition (and second in English), third overall. Two volumes. Octavo in fours (8.25 x 5 inches; 210 x 128 mm.). viii, 270, 263-317, [1, erratum] (two pages each numbered "167" and "168"); v, [1, blank], 351, [1, blank], [2] publisher's ads. Small ornament at end of text in second volume. Contemporary tree calf; spines decorated in gilt; gilt fillet decorations. All edges trimmed. First volume joints split, though hinges still sound; backstrip chipped and cracked with loss to gilt and surface of calf; spine ends worn. Majority of second volume backstrip now gone; only small fragile flap at top remains; front board detached. Both sets of boards rubbed; edge wear with loss to majority of gilt fillet decoration; corners bumped. Edges of text block darkened with some spots of soiling. Normal age toning to interior; fairly consistent spotting throughout; scattered foxing, thumbsoiling, and staining. Second volume lacking front free endpaper; faint tidemarks at rear endpapers. Damp stains to front endpapers. Occasional inked annotations scattered throughout, attributing some essays to their authors. A few small areas of what appears to be yellow paint at head of first few leaves of first volume. Previous owner signature at front pastedown of first volume; both volumes with engraved bookplates of Adams Davenport Claflin tipped to front pastedowns. Fair bindings housing very good text blocks. "[The] eighty-five essays signed 'Publius,' collectively termed The Federalist [are] generally regarded as the greatest commentary on the Constitution and federalism ever written. John Jay wrote five of the essays; James Madison is credited with twenty-four and Hamilton with fifty-six"--ANB. The first edition to identify Hamilton, Madison, and Jay as the original authors (attribution for individual essays would follow in 1818), and the last to be issued during Hamilton's life. Sabin 23981; Howes 114 ("Most famous in influential American political work").

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