Jacques Mallet du Pan. The History of the Destruction of the Helvetic Union and Liberty. Boston: Printed by Manning & Loring, March, 1799. First American edition and first in English.

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    First American edition and first in English (first published in French as Essai historique sur la destruction de la ligue et de la liberté helvétiques). Twelvemo (7.75 x 4.25 inches; 197 x 108 mm.). 264 pages. Complete with engraved frontispiece.

    Uncut, in the original blue boards, printed spine title with quatrefoil borders. Joints split, but boards still holding tight. A few bits of loss to spine, and especially to foot, with quires and lower cord exposed. Light soiling and wear to board extremities, with corners slightly bumped. Scattered light foxing, especially to preliminaries, and offsetting from frontispiece to title. Short horizontal tear to outer margin of title, not affecting any text. Overall, a very good copy, extremely scarce in original boards.

    A distinguished copy of this critical account of the invasion of Switzerland by the revolutionary armies of France, and the subsequent establishment of the so-called Helvetic Republic, by pioneer of political journalism Mallet du Pan (1749-1800).

    Evans 35765.

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