The Federalist: A Collection of essays, written in favour of the new Constitution, as agreed upon by the Federal convention, September 17, 1787, in two volumes. Vol. 2.
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First complete edition. cf. The Federalist ... [ed.] by Henry B. Dawson. New York, 1863. Introduction: p. xxiii, lv-lxiii.
Vol. 1: vi, 227,  p.; v. 2: vi, 384 p.
Sowerby, E.M. Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, 3021
Evans, C. American bibliography, 21127
English Short Title Catalogue, W5416
LC copy forms part of the Jefferson Exhibit Collection. Vol. 2, leaf C3 torn across text.
LC copy is Thomas Jefferson's, with his initials at signatures I and T in both volumes. With Jefferson's attributions of all the essays to John Jay, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. Formerly belonged to Mrs. Alexander Hamilton (Elizabeth), with her signature in both volumes; and passed onto her sister Angelica Church (cf. inscription in volume 1.) With the Library of Congress's 1815 bookplates.
Federalist essays are one of the most important contributions to political thought made in America. Beginning on October 27, 1787 the Federalist Papers were first published in the New York press under the signature of "Publius". The essays were published in a book form in 1788, with an introduction by Alexander Hamilton. Subsequently, they were printed and translated to many languages. The pseudonym "Publius" was used by three men: John Jay, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton. John Jay is responsible for five of the 85 articles. The Federalist was meant to be influential in the campaign for the adoption of the Constitution by New York State. The authors not only discussed the issues of the constitution, but also many general problems of politics. The Federalist Papers appeared in three New York newspapers: The Independent Journal, the New-York Packet, and the Daily Advertiser, beginning on October 27, 1787. According to historian Richard B. Morris, they are an "incomparable exposition of the American Constitution, a classic in political science unsurpassed in both breadth and depth by the product of any later American writer."