Boston: Printed and Published by T.B. Wait & Sons, 1815. Five volumes. Numerous folding tables. Contemporary blue boards with paper spines and labels; one volume rebound with later boards, one volume rebacked with modern paper. Spines chipped. Bookplate on front pastedowns, contemporary ownership inscriptions. Overall, about very good. Untrimmed. In half morocco slipcases. An important collection of United States state papers and foreign relations documents during the important period from 1789 through 1815, including Washington's first speech to Congress, his message on the situation with Algiers, Pickering's letter to Pinkney (while the latter was plenipotentiary of the United States in Paris), and many others of equal importance. The volumes also contain documents relating to French depredations on American vessels; messages relative to affairs with Spain on the Mississippi; intercourse with Indians; the XYZ Affair; commerce with St. Domingo; Jefferson's inaugural addresses of March 4, 1801 and March 4, 1805; documents concerning the Barbary Powers; notices of treaty negotiations from Messrs. Monroe and Pinckney; reports and lists of captured American vessels; and extensive official correspondence regarding U.S. relations with the European powers. This is the first edition of Wait's "State Papers" compilation, which is listed under two separate entries in Sabin, of three and five volumes, respectively, for a total of eight volumes in a complete set (the second volume of the three-volume set is lacking here). A second edition in ten volumes appeared in 1817. See Sabin for an extensive note on this useful collection. Prior to the beginning of the standard U.S. documents Serial Set in 1817, and to Peter Force's compilations in the 1830s, this was the first standard compilation of American State Papers. SABIN 90637. COHEN 7363. (Inventory #: WRCAM43580)
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