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Burke, Edmund
Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the Proceedings in Certain Societies in London relative to that Event. In a Letter intended to have been sent to a Gentleman in Paris.
London: Printed; New York: Re-printed by Hugh Gaine, at the Bible, in Hanover-Square, 1791. First American edition. The first edition was published the first of November 1790. [4], 196 pp. 12mo. Later printed wrappers. Some light offsetting or browning, staining in the lower margin of several pages at the back, else an excellent copy. In a green cloth open end case. PMM 239 (first edition); Evans 23238. Item #65251 M. Dupont, Burke's friend, had requested Burke's opinion on the French revolutionary movement, apparently assuming that the response would be encouraging. The "Reflections" carried his response and comments, which he intended as a warning for those of the English who were in agreement with the revolutionary policies and especially to the Revolutionary Society and the Constitutional Society. He spent a year writing the work and within a year of its publication it had been through eleven editions. Its reception was mixed, the King liked it, the Whigs, being pro-Revolutionary didn't, and the nation generally looked at the Revolution with a more critical eye. As time proved his warnings correct he was credited with being somewhat of a prophet. There were several written responses, including Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man". [Attributes: First Edition]
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