First edition of The Federalist at Heritage, June 3-4

DALLAS – One of the most important and significant treatises on the philosophy of government ever published was a series of 85 articles, originally written between October 1787 and August 1788 by James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton under the nom de plume “Publius,” eventually collected and printed in book form as The Federalist.

Federalist AT 3-26.jpgThese articles, which primarily appeared in several New York newspapers, were written both to encourage adoption of the United States Constitution, and to influence future interpretations of that signally important document.

“A first edition of this important work would command great attention under any circumstances,” said James Gannon, director of rare book auctions for Heritage, “but this particular copy has a fascinating association, as well. It was owned by Major Roger Alden, not only a descendant of noted Mayflower passenger John Alden, but also a soldier in the Revolutionary War, Deputy Secretary of the Continental Congress, Chief Clerk to the Domestic Arm of the State Department, and later Ordnance Storekeeper and Postmaster at West Point.”

This first edition copy of The Federalist, formerly owned by Major Roger Alden, will be offered in Heritage’s upcoming Grand Format Books & Manuscripts Auction, to be held June 3-4, in Dallas.

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