First Volume of the First Edition of "The Most Famous and Influential American Political Work"Alexander Hamilton, 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, 1788.
First edition. Volume I only (of the two-volume set). Twelvemo. iv, 227 pages.
Full leather binding. Leather title label to spine with gilt lettering. Inked name of previous owner, dated 1788. Marginalia by the same hand on a few pages. Front joint repaired and strengthened, slight bowing to front board. Some of the marginalia has been trimmed during a later rebinding. Front endpaper and blank preliminary pages missing. Binding bumped and scuffed. Leaves toned with light foxing and minor dampstaining. Good condition.
"These eighty-five essays on the Constitution, almost entirely written by Hamilton and Madison (probably only five were by Jay) and published in the New York newspapers under the name of 'Publius,' were a step in Hamilton's campaign to win over a hostile majority in New York for a ratification of the Constitution. To the people of the time the collected essays were little more than a huge Federalist pamphlet. A generation passed before it was recognized that these essays by the principal author of the Constitution and its brilliant advocate were the most authoritative interpretation of the Constitution as drafted by the Convention of 1787. As a commentary and exposition on the Constitution the influence of the Federalist has been profound" (Grolier, 100 American).
First volume of the first edition of "the most famous and influential American political work" (Howes). This volume contains Federalist Papers 1 to 36.
Grolier. Howes H114. Sabin 23979. Streeter 1049.
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