The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787.

Lot Number 43
Author [THE FEDERALIST PAPERS]. -- [HAMILTON, Alexander (1739-1802), James MADISON (1751-1836) and John JAY (1745-1829)].
Title The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787.
Year Published 1788
Place Printed New York John and Andrew M'Lean,
Printed By
Description [THE FEDERALIST PAPERS]. -- [HAMILTON, Alexander (1739-1802), James MADISON (1751-1836) and John JAY (1745-1829)]. The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written in Favour of the New Constitution, as Agreed Upon by the Federal Convention, September 17, 1787. New York: John and Andrew M'Lean, 1788. 2 vols, 12o (160 x 95mm). PRINTED ON THICK PAPER. Modern brown half morocco, spines with six compartments, gilt-titled in one, all edges gilt, by Stikeman. Folding clamshell case. Provenance: William Cock (or Cocke), 1747-1828 (pale signature on each title-page); an early ink inscription on a preliminary blank quotes an article in the The Portfolio, regarding Hamilton's attribution of the various papers; Charles Walker Andrews (bookplate in each volume).
Comments "ONE OF THE NEW NATION'S MOST IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF GOVERNMENT" (Printing and the Mind of Man) FIRST EDITION, collecting all 85 seminal essays written in defense of the newly drafted Constitution and published under the pseudonym "Publius" in various New York newspapers, together constituting "the most thorough and brilliant explication of the Federal Constitution (or any other constitution) ever written" (Page Smith, The Constitution: A Documentary and Narrative History, pp.263-264). Added here is the complete text of the Constitution, headed "Articles of the New Constitution," with the accompanying resolutions of the Constitutional Convention (vol.2, pp.[367]-384). Essays 78 to 85 were first printed here, and were subsequently published in the newspapers, timed to coincide with the New York State Convention in Albany. A series of essays "justly recognized as a classic exposition of the principles of republican government" (R.B. Bernstein, Are We to be a Nation? The Making of the Constitution, 1987, p.242). The Federalist Papers grew out of the heated pamphlet wars engendered by the tumultuous debate over ratification of the Constitution. Concerned that the state of New York might refuse to ratify, Alexander Hamilton enlisted John Jay and James Madison to collaborate on a series of interpretive essays supporting the new plan of government and refuting point by point the objections of its many detractors. "Hamilton wrote the first piece in October 1787 on a sloop returning from Albany...He finished many pieces while the printer waited in a hall for the completed copy" (R. Brookhiser, Alexander Hamilton: American, 1999, pp.68-69). Due to Jay's illness and Madison's return to Virginia, the bulk of the 85 essays, in the end, were written by Hamilton. "Despite the hurried pace at which they worked--they ground out four articles nearly every week--what began as a propaganda tract, aimed only at winning the election for delegates to New York's state ratifying convention, evolved into the classic commentary upon the American Federal system" (F. McDonald, Alexander Hamilton, p.107). Washington, the former President of the Constitutional Convention, precisely spelled out the work's importance when he wrote that The Federalist "will merit the Notice of Posterity; because in it are candidly and ably discussed the principles of freedom and the topics of government, which will always be interesting to mankind." The original owner, William Cocke, an Indian agent, soldier and legislator, "lived a long and colorful life on the frontier of the Old Southwest" (DAB). Born in Virginia, he moved to frontier east Tennessee, served as a captain of militia during Lord Dunmore's War and during the Revolution fought Indians and Tories before moving to Kentucky in 1775 with Daniel Boone. He held various offices, and when a new state of Franklin was proposed in 1784-1788, Cocke helped write its constitution. In 1796 he was one of Tennessee's first Senators. When he was defeated in the 1807 elections, he was appointed judge but was accused of cronyism and removed from office in 1812. As a volunteer private in the Creek War he won praise from Andrew Jackson. He ultimately resided in Mississippi and served in that state's legislature. Church 1230; Evans 21127; Grolier/American 19; PMM 234; Sabin 23979. (2) (2)
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Provenance William Cock (or Cocke), 1747-1828 (pale signature on each title-page); an early ink inscription on a preliminary blank quotes an article in the
Estimated Price USD 80,000.00 - 120,000.00
Actual Price USD 98,500.00

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Auction House Christies
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Auction Name Books and Manuscripts
Sale Number #2622
Auction Date April 10, 2012 - April 10, 2012
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