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Lot #248
King Louis XIV Trial Pamphlets

The trial of King Louis XVI

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The trial of King Louis XVI

Comprehensive collection of 264 rare original pamphlets concerning the trial of King Louis XVI, published by the National Convention in 1792-1793, all first editions in French. Most were published in Paris at the National Press by order of the National Convention on the day after each speech was made. Nearly all are as issued, sewn and uncut.

Highlights of this important collection include the opinions of the members of the National Convention concerning the verdict and sentence of Louis XVI (including those of Maximilien Robespierre and Thomas Paine), four important items by Raymond Deseze concerning his defense of Louis XVI, two reports concerning the evidence against Louis XVI, and eighteen other pamphlets detailing the evidence used in the trial, as well as two important pamphlets registering the historic votes on the guilt and sentencing of the king.

In addition to the important Paine and Robespierre opinions, many of the members of the National Convention are represented, encompassing the entire political spectrum, including the most prominent Jacobins and Girondins: Dufriche-Valaze, Saint-Andre Bourdon, Buzot, Duport, Barbaroux, Boissy d’Anglas, Cambaceres, Couthon, Kersaint, Chenier, Fouche, Lavicomterie, Lepeletier, Leqmnio, Philippeaux, Milhaud, and many others.

In overall fine condition. Accompanied by a custom-made clamshell case housing the entire collection. These original National Convention pamphlets are extremely rare, and this is an exceptionally fine and comprehensive collection. The only American institution with a comparable collection is Cornell University, as part of the Andrew Dickson White Collection.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: September
  • Dates: #535 - Ended September 12, 2018