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Lot 1065: Jacques Pierre Brissot de Warville NEW TRAVELS IN THE UNITED STATES 1792 Antique American History Adventure Slavery Tobacco Leather Binding
22 October 2016
Freeville, NY, USALive Auction
Title: New Travels in the United States of America. Performed in 1788.
Author: J. P. Brissot de Warville - Jacques Pierre Brissot, who assumed the name of de Warville, was a leading member of the Girondist movement during the French Revolution. Some sources give his name as Jean Pierre Brissot. He believed that American ideals could help improve French government. At one point he was interested in uprooting his family to America. Thomas Jefferson, ambassador in Paris at the time was familiar enough with him to note,"Warville is returned charmed with our country. He is going to carry his wife and children to settle there." Although for Brissot, such an emigration never happened. The rising ferment of revolution sucked him back into schemes for progress through political journalism that would consequently make him a household name.
From the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789, Brissot became one of its most vocal supporters. He edited the Patriote français from 1789 to 1793, and took a prominent part in politics. Famous for his speeches at the Jacobin Club, he was elected a member of the municipality of Paris, then of the Legislative Assembly, and later of the National Convention. Shortly thereafter, Brissot began to align himself with the more right-leaning Girondins who were often viewed as the 'war party.' (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
Publisher: Printed by W. Corbet, for P. Byrne, A. Grueber, and five more
Binding Style: Hardcover
Pagination: 483 pages
Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Book Details: From the preface: "No traveller, I believe, of this age, has made a more useful present to Europe, than M. de Warville in the publications of the following Tour in the United States. The people of France will derive great advantages from it; as they have done from a variety of other labours of the same industrious and patriotic author. Their minds are now open to enquiry into the effects of moral and political systems, as their commerce and manufactures are to any improvements that their unembarrassed situation enables them to adopt."
Condition / Notes: This antique volume is bound in half red leather, with marbled paper-covered boards and gilt lettering and ruling to the spine. The volume displays external wear, with rubbing to the covers, vertical cracking at the spine edges, and scattered light soiling. The binding is cracked at the hinges. The text block remains firm, showing toning at the outer edge. The endpapers are mildly toned, with a previous owner's signature in pencil on the front flyleaf. Moderate foxing occurs throughout the text, as well as a few spots of moisture. A few penciled lines appear in the margins. A fold-out table can be found in the center of the volume, comparing "probabilities of life" in New England and Europe.
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