TREATIES OF 1778 AND ALLIED DOCUMENTS Historical Documents Institut Francais de Washington With an Introduction by James Brown Scott
TREATIES OF 1778 AND ALLIED DOCUMENTS Historical Documents Institut Francais de Washington With an Introduction by James Brown Scott

TREATIES OF 1778 AND ALLIED DOCUMENTS Historical Documents Institut Francais de Washington With an Introduction by James Brown Scott

(Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1928).

FIRST EDITION, BEAUTIFULLY BOUND AND GREATLY EMBELLISHED BY THE CREATOR OF ONE OF THE FINEST EARLY 20TH CENTURY COLLECTIONS OF AMERICANA. Printed on the 150th anniversary of M. Gerard (on behalf of Louis XVI, the young and inexperienced King of France) and Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, and Arthur Lee, (on behalf of the thirteen English-speaking colonies in North America) put their seals and signatures to an epoch-making document. In fact, two treaties were signed on the same day: one of alliance, and one of amity and commerce, the negotiation of which, upon terms of equality with France, recognized, because of the negotiation, the independence of the colonies, called for the first time in the Declaration of Independence, "the United States of America." Item #29661

UNIQUE EXTRA ILLUSTRATED, FINELY BOUND copy of the First Edition. A copy with fine New England provenance having been extra illustrated by, bound for, and with the morocco bookplate of Frank C. Deering and the noteworthy 'Frank C. Deering Collection of Americana' With the addition of dozens of fine illustrations added by the noted Americana collector, from numerous sources including engravings, hand-colored engravings, plates, colourplates, and portraits, most being professionally tipped onto plates of fine quality paper and expertly bound in, and with an added leaf of text in red crediting Frank C. Deering for the extra-illustrations. 4to, very handsomely bound for the Deering collection in full brown crushed morocco, the boards with a geometric framework on nouveau design featuring both gilt and black ruled lines, gilt stippling and gilt circular tools, the spine designed in like style with tall gilt and black stippled raised bands, gilt and black framed compartments, gilt circular tooling and gilt lettering, the turn-ins gilt ruled and stippled, finely marbled endpapers, t.e.g. xxv, [2], 70 pp. A very fine and handsome copy, and unique as well. There is a little minor offsetting from some of the added illustrations otherwise this is a pristine copy, both inside and out.

Price: $850.00