Publisher: New York: Printed by Mott & Lyon for Fellows & Adam, Thomas Greenleaf, and Naphtali Judah, 1796.
Edition: First collected edition.
Bibliographical References: BAL 894; Evans 30025.
Condition: Binding well rubbed, but the contents fine and complete. Scarce.
Book ID: 27998
Description12mo, contemporary tree-sheep, black leather label, gilt rules and lettering. Frontis portrait by Elkanah Tisdale.
CommentsThe four treatises on the French Revolution by poet, businessman, and diplomat Joel Barlow (1754-1812), published together for the first time. Barlow lived in France during the Revolution and was part of the circle that included Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft and others of similar leanings. Barlow was given the rare honor of being made a French citizen during the early days of the French National Assembly, but once he witnessed the emerging negative side of the Revolution, he left France and proclaimed "I meddle with no more politics." The frontis portrait engraved by Elkanah Tisdale is an unusual early image of Barlow.