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Two Glazier Editions of The Federalist in Contemporary Bindings

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184.     FEDERALIST. HAMILTON, [Alexander], [John] Jay & [James] Madison. The Federalist, on the New Constitution, Written in the Year 1788, by Mr. Hamilton, Mr. Madison and Mr. Jay: With an Appendix, Containing the Letters of Pacificus and Helvidius, on the Proclamation of Neutrality of 1793; Also, the Original Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States, with the Amendments Made Thereto. A New Edition. The Numbers Written by Mr. Madison Corrected by Himself. Federalist, on the New Constitution. Hallowell, (Me.): Printed and Published by Glazier & Co., 1826. [1-3] 4-582 pp. 8vo (23 x 13.3 cm), original tree sheep, spine gilt and with gilt-lettered brown leather label. Binding very worn and dry, joints cracked, extremities and corners chipped, interior browned and some light staining. Nineteenth-century ownership notations at front: Old ink stencil of John Harmer Gilmer; ink ownership inscriptions of John G. Ott of Mississippi and Henry Field. All three edges with early twentieth-century ink inscription of George Prendergast.

     First Glazier edition (first edition, New York, 1788: Grolier American Hundred 19: “Profound”; Howes H114; Printing & the Mind of Man 234; Streeter Sale 1049: “The most influential American political work”). References to this 1826 edition published in Maine: American Imprints (1826) 24513. Ford, Pamphlets on the Constitution of the United States 43. Sabin 23987. Henry Cabot Lodge (editor), The Works of Alexander Hamilton (Federal Edition), New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904), Vol. II, “The Federalist,” XI:

The eleventh edition was the first of a series of editions published at Hallowell, Maine, by Glazier & Co., and their successors, who purchased the Gideon copyright. Some of these editions are now very rare, while others are not infrequently to be met with. The first appeared in 1826. It is a single volume octavo, of 582 pages, and is identical with the Gideon editions of 1818 and 1821.

Gideon’s 1818 edition, sanctioned by Madison, was augmented with various material, including Madison’s identifications of the authors, corrections, and notes. With this copy is another Glazier edition, same title, altered imprint (Hallowell: Printed and Published by Glazier, Masters & Co., 1831), 8vo (23.2 x 14.2 cm), contemporary full sheep, red and black spine labels lettered in gilt. Wanting blank front free endpaper and moderate shelf wear, otherwise very good, with very light scattered foxing. American Imprints (1831) 7421. Ford 45. Sabin 23986. Lodge, XIII:

The thirteenth [edition] was another Hallowell edition, identical with the Gideon edition and with that of 1826. Mr. Dawson mentions the existence of this edition, but had never seen or heard of a copy. Mr. Hannah informs me there is a copy in the possession of the Long Island Historical Society, and I have heard of one other…. [It] is apparently as rare as one of the French editions.

     The Federalist is a glowing example of reasoned political discourse that stands in stark contrast to some of the pap being published in the twenty-first century.


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