Washington DC/Baltimore: Jacob Gideon/Cushing & Jewett, 1818. First Edition. Hardcover. Bound in contemporary marbled sheep leather with a gilt-lettered black morocco spine label and gilt decorations on the spine; 671 pages. The First Edition of this classic in which the authors of each essay were identified by name. Comprises 85 political essays, most written by Hamilton, all but the last 8 of which were first published in newspapers in New York in an effort to convince New York to approve the ratification of the Federalist Constitution. Also contains much additional material including the preface by Jacob Gideon as well as anonymous Hamilton letters written as "Pacificus" and the responses and corrections prepared by Madison to the McLean edition of 1810. Utica bookseller ticket of Wm. Williams on the front pastedown. Complete and entirely unsophisticated. Front endpaper mostly lacking with the front blank and the rear blank and endpaper with large tears with no loss. Rare in this original, untouched condition. Item #020193
HOWES H-114: "most famous and influential American political work"; SABIN 23981.