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Inscribed By Edmund Burke To His Friend And Colleague,

Statesman And Financier Stephen Adey

10. BURKE, Edmund.

Reflections on the Revolution in France.

London,

1790. Octavo, contemporary full brown calf gilt, custom chemise and

clamshell box.

$16,500.

Rare third edition, published within weeks of the first edition, of Burke’s

important and controversial attack on the French Revolution, inscribed

in Burke’s hand “From the author” on the title page above the owner

signature of prominent British statesman, financier and close Burke asso-

ciate Stephen T. Adey.

Banned in Poland for political reasons from the

height of the regime in 1976 until its collapse in 1989.

“One of the most brilliant of all polemics… It is not to be wondered

at that a man who desired justice for America but rejected Jefferson’s

doctrines would be deeply stirred by the events of 1789. To Burke

an absorption with the end and neglect of the means was the most

dreadful of sins” (PMM 239). Burke was one of Adey’s most “influential

patrons” and the two often corresponded. Text generally fresh with

faint occasional dampstaining, light rubbing to spine ends, dampstain-

ing to rear board. An exceptional association copy.

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