Lettres Américaines sur les Parlemens. 1770 & 1771. Voltaire, R**, T***, attributed to.
Lettres Américaines sur les Parlemens. 1770 & 1771.
Lettres Américaines sur les Parlemens. 1770 & 1771.
Voltaire's Political Writing

Lettres Américaines sur les Parlemens. 1770 & 1771.

[S.l.]: [S.n.], (1771?). First edition. Published unbound. Stitched. 44, (4) p. First page blank, but title in ink. First and last pages slightly chipped and stained. Overall in fine condition.

A fictional correspondence between R** and T*** “deux Américaines originaires du Port-au-Prince dans l'Isle de S. Domingue. Le premier réside a Paris depuis quelques années” (two Americans from Port-au-Prince on the island of Saint-Domingue. The first lives in Paris for some years). The letters are dated between December 1770 and April 1771. The text is attributed to Voltaire and it is in favour of Maupeou’s jurisdictional reform.

René Nicolas Charles Augustin de Maupeou (1714–1792) as the chief minister of the French King made a revolutionary attempt to install the enlightened despotism in France, through the suppression of the power of the parliament by destroying its system, and the favour of the royal authority. He also made efforts to uniform the judicial system throughout the country.

Voltaire praised this revolution, applauding the suppression of the old hereditary magistrature, and justified the reform in several essays, among them this one.

Scarce and interesting publication, we could trace only two copies in institutional holdings in the US.

[Not in Sabin.]

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Price: €4,000.00