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    Sixth Edition of the Federalist

    Alexander Hamilton. The Works of Alexander Hamilton: Comprising His Most Important Official Reports; an Improved Edition of the Federalist, on the New Constitution, Written in 1788; and Pacifus, on the Proclamation of Neutrality, Written in 1793. In Three Volumes. New York: Published by Williams and Whiting, 1810.

    First edition of Hamilton's works, and sixth edition of the Federalist. Three octavo volumes (7.5 x 4.5 inches; 191 x 114 mm.). vii, [1, blank], [1, contents], [1, blank], 325, [1, blank]; [2, general title], [i-ii, Federalist title], [iii]-iv [contents], 368; [2, general title], [i-ii, Federalist Volume II title], [iii]-iv [contents], 368 pages. Complete with three engraved frontispiece portraits of Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, respectively.

    Contemporary tree calf, smooth spines numbered in gilt and ruled in gilt in compartments, gilt brown morocco lettering pieces, edges sprinkled blue. Middle nineteenth-century engraved bookplate of August S. Campbell affixed to front pastedowns, with his inscription in ink on the recto of the front free flyleaf of Volume I; near-contemporary ownership inscription of William Jackson on general and sectional titles. A few instances of marginalia in pencil, and a few instances of authorship emendations made in ink by a contemporary hand. A few instances of light foxing to frontispieces and margins. Light offsetting of frontispiece on general title of Volume III. Shelfwear to board extremities. A few minor abrasions to boards. Overall, a very good copy, in better condition than is usually found.

    "In these documents are constellated more than the learning and the wisdom of other days. The native, the original conceptions of this creative genius, give life and light to every subject. Every page bears its own peculiar testimony to the vastness of his mind - the soundness of his judgment - the clearness of his views - and the integrity of his heart. The humblest peasant, who loves his country and participates in her weal and wo, as well as the statesman and politician whose feelings and interests are more particularly identified with the subject, will read these Reports with mingled wonder and delight" (from the Preface).

    "The sixth edition [of the Federalist] was published in 1810 by Williams and Whiting of New York, and formed the second and third volumes of the "Writings of Hamilton" [sic.]. It was edited by John Wells, a distinguished member of the New York bar, and one of Hamilton's personal friends....[T]he text was said to have the benefits of the marginal notes made by Hamilton in his own copy. The principal...feature of this edition was that the names of the respective authors were appended to each essay" (Henry Cabot Lodge, The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States (New York: Knickerbocker Press, 1889); p. xxxviii).

    Ford, Bibliotheca Hamiltonia, 116.


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