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[EARLY VERSION OF THE "DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF MAN AND OF THE CITIZEN"]. Projet des premiers articles de la Constitution, lu dans la seance du 28 juillet 1789 par M. Mounier, membre du Comite, charge du plan de Constitution
Paris: Chez Baudouin, imprimeur de l'Assemblee nationale, 1789. FIRST EDITION. FINE COPY. 8vo. 14pp., 1 f. (blank) unbound as issued. Preserved in a protective black cloth case (Cloverleaf Studio) First edition of the famous "Projet de Monier" in its first draft, read just two weeks after the Fall of the Bastille. It includes two chapters: the first is a "Declaration of Human Rights and the Citizen" ('Declaration des droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen') in 23 articles; the second is "Principles of the French Government" ('Principes du Gouvernement Francais') in 35 articles. As is well known, the "Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen" is a FUNDAMENTAL DOCUMENT of the French Revolution and indeed of all democracies worldwide, defining the individual and collective rights of all individuals as universal. Influenced by the doctrine of natural rights, the rights of Man are valid at all times and in every place, pertaining to human nature itself. Although it establishes fundamental rights for French citizens and all men without exception, it addresses neither the status of women nor slavery; despite that, it is a precursor document to international human rights instruments. * REFERENCES: Emile Walsh, Le declaration des droits de l'homme et du citoyen et l'Assemblee constituante (1903) p. 89-94, with a detailed comparison of Mounier's text and those of his predecessors Sieyes and Lafayette. Martin & Walter, Revolution francaise, No. 25400; Monglond I. 88. * A beautiful copy in superb original condition, in a fine protective case.
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