A rare Revolutionary-era educational catechism for elementary school pupils, designed to inculcate a semi-religious sense of revolutionary values.more...
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,
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