POISSON DE LA CHABEAUSSIÈRE, Ange-Étienne-Xavier. ~ Catéchisme français, ou Principes de philosophie, de morale et de politique républicaine, a l’usage des écoles primaires. Paris: Du Pont, An VI, [ 1797].
16mo (122 × 100 mm), pp. 16. Original limp vellum (waste from an older administrative document). Contemporary ownership inscription ‘Alphonse’ in a juvenile hand to title and upper cover. Later stamp to upper cover ‘H. Olivier’. Slightly soiled and thumbed, but a good copy.
A rare Revolutionary-era educational catechism for elementary school pupils, designed to inculcate a semi-religious sense of revolutionary values. It was first published in 1794 and several times reprinted. This rare edition is significant as an imprint (the second of two) issued by Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, styled ‘imprimeur-libraire’ here. Soon after publication Du Pont’s house was sacked by a mob during the 18 Fructidor V coup. He emigrated to the United States in 1799 hoping to establish a model community of exiles, and fostered his connections with statesmen such as Jefferson. Progenitor of one of America’s most successful and wealthiest business dynasties, he died in America in 1817,
The pupil is asked:
...Homme libre, français, républicain par choix...’
Followed by 54 more articles.
This issue not in Cioranescu, who cites 5 editions between 1792 and 1800.