Feb 04, 2016 - Sale 2404

Sale 2404 - Lot 127

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(CONSTITUTION.) Constitutions des Treize États-Unis de l'Amérique. [4], 540 pages. 8vo, contemporary calf, worn; minor foxing; bookplate of the American Catholic Historical Society on front pastedown, other library markings. Paris, 1783

Additional Details

First French compilation of the thirteen state constitutions, the Articles of Confederation, and the Declaration of Independence as translated by the Duc de la Rochefoucault. Benjamin Franklin arranged for the printing in his role as ambassador to France, and likely wrote the 50-odd footnotes. The title page is illustrated with a very early printing of the Great Seal of the United States, adopted in June 1782. Howes C716 ("aa"); Sabin 16119.