Discours de M. Benjamin Constant à la Chambre des Députés.

Paris, Ambroise Dupont, 1827-8.

Two vols, 8vo, pp. vi, 580; vi, 644, frontispiece portrait of Constant, folded facsimile; foxing, a few ink stains not affecting text; bound in contemporary quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt spines; boards and spines slightly worn; a good copy.

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First edition of a collection of speeches delivered to the Chamber of Deputies by Benjamin Constant whose eloquence and oratorical skill led him to become a leader of the parliamentary block known first as the indépentants and later as libérals. One of the first liberals to go by the name, he was the outstanding champion of freedom of speech and liberty of the press in the face of the right wing radicalism of the royalist Ultras. These volumes include speeches delivered by Constant in opposition to the Ultras’ attempts to instate droit d’ainesse and lois sur les sacrileges.

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