[Americana] [Franklin, Benjamin]
Constitutions des treize etats-unis de l'Amerique
Paris: (no publisher), 1792. Second French edition. Two volumes in one, with separate title-page for second volume. 8vo. (iv), (1)-323, (1); (1)-317, [1 -blank] pp. Translated by Louis-Alexander, duc de La Rochefoucauld d'Enville, with contributions by Benjamin Franklin. Contemporary mottled brown calf, stamped in gilt, red morocco spine label, occasionally scuffed; presumed washed, likely new endpapers. Howes C-716; Sabin 16120.
Including translation, with additions, of The Constitutions of the several Independent states of America; the Declaration of Independence; the Articles of Confederation between the said states; the treaties between His Most Christian Majesty and the United States of America; treaties of amity and commerce, and alliance between the United States and France, between the United States and Sweden, and between the United States and the Netherlands; George Washington's letter of September 17, 1787 to Congress submitting the Constitution; the Constitution of the United States; the first twelve amendments to the Constitution.
Translated and first printed (Paris, 1783, but without the Constitution, and first printed in French in this second edition) at the instigation of Benjamin Franklin. The notes are believed to be at least in part by him.
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