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BRISSOT DE WARVILLE, JACQUES PIERRE.
Nouveau Voyage dans les États-Unis de l'Amérique Septentrionale, Fait en 1788; par J. P. Brissot (Warville), Citoyen François.
Paris: Chez Buisson, Imprimeur et Libraire, 1791. First edition. The first English edition appeared in 1792, followed by many editions in numerous languages. 3 vols, 8vo, contemporary tree-calf, red morocco labels, gilt rules and lettering. Folding table. ¶ Inscribed atop title-page of Volume I: "D. Wiglesworth, professor [ . . . . ] / the author & for his excellent Notes on populati[on] / Brissot." Signed in all three volumes "Thomas Wigglesworth / 1792." Signed by Edward Wigglesworth 1818 on the front pastedowns of all three volumes. Jacques Pierre Brissot de Warville (1754-1793) accomplished a lot before perishing beneath the guillotine. A crusading revolutionary and journalist, he published numerous reformist books and articles and spent four months in the Bastille. In 1788 he toured the United States for the anti-slavery cause and as agent for an investment scheme. Back in Paris, he achieved great power--practically controlling French foreign policy--as the leader of the Girondists; but, when the tide turned, he was swept away. In America he toured widely (taking a special interest in the Quakers), dined with James Madison in Philadelphia, and spent three days at Mount Vernon with the Washingtons. Much of his time was spent in and around Boston, and at Harvard he met Edward Wigglesworth (1732-1794), the second Hollis Professor of Divinity, grandson of the poet Michael Wigglesworth (1631-1705) and son of Edward Wigglesworth, the distinguished first Hollis Professor. Brissot refers to Wigglesworth on page 135 of volume 1; and in his chapter in volume 2 on longevity in th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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