Caen. 1783. 2pp. Quarto. Antique-style marbled boards, gilt leather label. Near fine. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM51461
A regional printing of the official French proclamation of "bonne, ferme, stable & solide" peace between France and Great Britain, bringing an end to the war of the American Revolution and warfare in other colonies and Europe. Although a preliminary peace had been negotiated in Paris as of Nov. 30, 1782, with an armistice in effect as of Jan. 20, 1783, the final treaty took many more months to conclude, both because of last minute wrangling over fishing rights on the Grand Banks and delays in Trans-Atlantic ratification. The final treaties between France, England, and the United States were originally proclaimed on Nov. 3, 1783, and this version of the announcement was printed at Caen on Dec. 27, 1783. As a Channel port, the notice of peace would have been of particular interest there.