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Liberte de la Presse
1790.. Pamphlet about the freedom of the press written in the early stages of the French Revolution, by the prominent Jacobin Francois-Xavier Lanthenas, and dated March 24, 1790. At this point in French history, the storming of the Bastille had taken place the preceding summer, the National Assembly had been formed only 9 months earlier, it had published the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizens only 6 months earlier, Louis XVI and his family had been forced to return to Paris from Versailles only five months earlier, and all religious orders had been dissolved only one month earlier!During this period of enormous social and political struggle, Lanthenas writes on freedom of thought and freedom of expression, especially for the press. Lanthenas was the chief translator of the writings of Thomas Paine into French; he believed in rejecting the laws of the Ancien Regime in favor of new guidelines which would allow for unlimited freedom of communication of ideas: "La liberte de la presse la plus illimitee est donc de droit divin, pour une nation et pour tous les individus... elle doit donc former la base de toute constitution libre." (The most unlimited freedom of the press is thus a divine right, for a nation and its people... (this freedom) must form the foundation for any free constitution". Disbound, small pen line at upper right corner front page. 8vo, 4pp, in French, text in 2 columns, with footnotes. Sml tan mark to rear cover, o/w very good condition.
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