EXPOSÉ DES MOTIFS DE LA CONDUITE DU ROI, RELATIVEMENT À L'ANGLETERRE [caption title].

Paris: P.G. Simon, 1779. 8pp. Quarto. 20th-century marbled wrappers. Minor wear to wrappers. Minor foxing in text. Very good. In a red morocco and cloth folder. Item #WRCAM44510

Scarce account of French motivations for joining with the rebellious American colonies and going to war against Great Britain during the American Revolution, published the same year as the first official issue. The French decision to aid the Americans, facilitated by Benjamin Franklin's artful diplomacy in Paris, was a tipping point in the movement for American independence. Two additional editions with this title were also printed in 1779, followed by six additional works the same year with similar title but varying content (including three with French and Spanish in parallel columns, and at least two with additional text by Edward Gibbon refuting the French arguments). English and Spanish translations of the EXPOSÉ DES MOTIFS were also published in 1779. STREETER SALE 792 (official issue). MAGGS, FRENCH COLONISATION OF AMERICA 602. ECHEVERRIA & WILKIE 779/40.

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