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YOUNG, Arthur.

The Example of France, a Warning to Britain.

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Published: London Printed for W. Richardson, 1793

Stock Code: 129375

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Notes

First edition. Young had travelled in France in the early years of the revolution, and his experiences in the country, including seeing his aristocratic friends murdered and rendered destitute, "brought about a permanent change in his political views. From being a liberal and a reformer, by 1792 he had become an opponent of the revolution and a conservative in English matters. He was highly critical of the ancien régime but, equally, he attacked the excesses of the revolution, and now he was fearful of the consequences of reform in England, necessary though it was... What was perhaps his most influential pamphlet, The Example of France a Warning to Britain, appeared in 1793 and reflected his changed views" (ODNB). By 1793 the English public were in broad agreement against the revolution, and this is reflected in the book's success - by the end of 1793 it had undergone three London editions and a Dublin edition.

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Description

Octavo (209 x 127 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, smooth spine ruled in gilt with red morocco label.

Condition

Contemporary ownership signature to binder's blank ("Piggot"). Bound without half-title and final advertisement leaf. Discreet repair to head of spine, contents clean, corner of pp. 78 and 81 folded and uncut. An attractive, well-preserved copy.

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