Very Good. Item #003528
A Colle, et se trouve a Paris: chez Froullé, 1788. First Edition. Volume 1 only. Octavo; xvi, 257pp +2 Contents for Vol 2. Rebacked in later brown leather spine with modern marbled boards and remnants of previous leather backing. Marbled endpapers with reinforced hinges, marbled page edges, and ribbon bookmark. Boards sturdy and square with light shelfwear. Some foxing to preliminaries, but very sparse after. Faint former owner's blindstamp on title with a paragraph of notes opposite half title, else pages unmarked. Binding is sound.
French-language history of the American Revolution, written by the Tuscan-born Mazzei. After meeting and befriending Thomas Jefferson, Mazzei moved to Virginia, where he started a plantation on land Jefferson gave him, and together started the first commercial vineyard in the Commonwealth. In the early 1780s he negotiated arms deals in Italy and shipped weapons back to Virginia, and travelled through Europe spreading the ideals of the fledgling United States. While somewhat disputed, John F. Kennedy attributed to Mazzei the phrase "All men are created equal," suggesting that Jefferson was paraphrasing his friend in the Declaration of Independence.