(FRENCH REVOLUTION). ~ Discours, addressé a un certain peuple sur sa situation présente… ‘a Londres: se vend chez W. Richardson’ [but probably continental], 1789.
8vo (225 x 140 mm)., pp. viii, 99, ; uncut and unopened in the original decorated paper wrappers. A very good copy.
Second edition, a rare Revolutionary pamphlet, first published the year before, and amended here in light of the ‘happy events’ of the Revolution which ‘obligent le zèle et la bonne foi de l’auteur... de donner ici, comme dans un postscrit, ou supplément, les corrections et additions que la justice et le changement des circonstances rendent nécessaires’ (p. iii). The pagination in both versions, however, is identical.
The author analyses the effects of a revolution in France by looking at the changes it would make under three headings – ‘La Justice, l’utilité, la facilité’; gives a spirited criticism of what is now known as the Ancien régime and joyously lauds the actions of his revolutionary comrades.
Both editions are rare. ESTC locates 4 copies of the first (Christ Church Oxford, John Rylands, Huntington, Colorado), but only one of the second (British Library).