Recollections of Mirabeau and of the Two First Legislative Assemblies of France. Honoré. Gabriel Riqueti.
Recollections of Mirabeau and of the Two First Legislative Assemblies of France
Recollections of Mirabeau and of the Two First Legislative Assemblies of France
Recollections of Mirabeau and of the Two First Legislative Assemblies of France

Recollections of Mirabeau and of the Two First Legislative Assemblies of France

Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1833. Hardcover. EXTRA ILLUSTRATED RECOLLECTIONS OF MIRABEAU, AND OF THE TWO FIRST LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLIES OF FRANCE. [Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau.] Published by Philadelphia [PA]: Carey & Lea [Henry Carey and Isaac Lea], 1833. Dumont Etienne 1st American Edition the first English was 1832. (Pierre Etienne Louis Dumont - Stephen Dumont, 1759-1829). [Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau, 1749-1791.] 399 pages 27 extra illustrated plates Bound in Full Red Morocco Bound by Taffin signed by the binder in the lower inside front board, Bookbinder Taffin-Lefort amongst others Trautz-Bauzonnet, Lortic, Chambolle-Duru, and Gruel were some of the best bookbinders in the 18th and 19th centuries to imitate earlier styles of bindings. In the 19th century, the demand of antiquarian book collectors for retrospective bindings was so great that there was a concerted effort on the part of bookbinders to copy earlier styles. Many of these binders produced outstanding designs of earlier years, ofttimes surpassing their models in the precision and brilliance of their tooling. The vogue for such lavish bindings continued well into the 20th century. Making this a first American edition bound in France as an extra illustrated copy with a total 27 added plates. In the summer of 1789 Dumont went to Paris. The object of the journey was to obtain through Jacques Necker, who had just returned to office, an unrestricted restoration of Genevese liberty, by cancelling the treaty of guarantee between France and Switzerland, which prevented the republic from enacting new laws without the consent of the parties to this treaty. The proceedings and negotiations to which this mission gave rise necessarily brought Dumont into connection with most of the leading men in the Constituent Assembly, and made him an interested spectator, sometimes even a participator, indirectly, in the events of the French Revolution. The same cause also led him to renew his acquaintance with Mirabeau, whom he found occupied with his duties as a deputy, and with the composition of his journal, the Courrier de Provence. For a time Dumont took an active and very efficient part in the conduct of this journal, supplying it with reports as well as original articles, and also furnishing Mirabeau with speeches to be delivered or rather read in the assembly, as related in his highly instructive and interesting posthumous work entitled Souvenirs sur Mirabeau (1832). In fact his friend George Wilson used to relate that one day, when they were dining together at a table d'hôte at Versailles, he saw Dumont engaged in writing the most celebrated paragraph of Mirabeau's address to the king for the removal of the troops. He also reported such of Mirabeau's speeches as he did not write, embellishing them from his own stores, which were inexhaustible. But this co-operation soon came to an end; for, being attacked in pamphlets as one of Mirabeau's writers, he felt hurt at the notoriety thus given to his name in connection with a man occupying Mirabeau's peculiar position, and returned to England in 1791. In 1791, Dumont along with the Marquis de Condorcet, Thomas Paine, and Jacques-Pierre Brissot published a brief newspaper promoting republicanism. Very Good. Item #225

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