Paris: Chez Buisson, 1791. First edition. Hardcover. Octavos. Vol.1: (lii) 395pp. Vol.2: 460pp. Vol.3: 448pp. Hansomely rebound in modern 3/4 brown morocco over white marbled paper boards. Gilt lettering and tooling on the spines. Speckled edges of book blocks. Books rebound masterfully by Pat Bruno.
The complete three-part first edition of French politician and statesman Jacques Pierre Brissot's (1754-1793) account of his travels to and through the newly-formed United States, May-October of 1788. The third volume of the set is subtitled "De la France et des États-Unis, ou De l'importance de la révolution de l'Amerique pour le bonheur de la Franceis" (Of France and the United States, or Of the importance of the revolution of America for the happiness of France) and is credited to both Brissot and French politician and financier Étienne Clavière (1735 – 1793), his friend and colleague with whom he had traveled.
In total the journey was very influential and informative for the two revolutionary politicians, who used the trip to gain an understanding of American politics, culture, society, economy and philosophy, applying it to their thinking regarding the ongoing French Revolution. The two were both influential political figures of the Girondist faction, and were especially interested in the American abolitionist movement, as both were also founding and significant members of the newly formed French abolitionist society "Société des amis des Noirs or Amis des noirs" (Society of the Friends of the Blacks), under whose auspices they traveled as representatives.
The first two volumes are comprised of a series of 46 chronological letters (diary entries) discussing the trip, providing all manner of in depth and detailed accounts of the two men's journey. The third volume, which is also known as a separately printed work, is essentially a summary and comprehensive analysis of their findings, and a philosophical and political treatise based on their experiences in America. The final section of each of the first two volumes contains a section containing short summaries of each of the dairy entries.
Text throughout in French with running footnotes. The volumes include some numerical statistics and tables related the American economy, trade and immigration of the period, including a 12x8" fold-out opposite p.147 of the second volume.
Interiors with some light sporadic waters stains and/or foxing throughout the text pages. Bindings in near fine, interiors in very good- condition overall. vg- to near fine. Item #47727