SUPERB COPY OF THE TREATY OF PARIS.
The Definitive Treaty between Great Britain, and the United States of America, Signed at Paris, the 3d day of September 1783. [Paris: Philip Denis Pierres for Benjamin Franklin, September 1783.]
[2 blank], -22, [2 blank] pp. Both blanks present. 8vo (211 x 131 mm). Stab-sewn in original plain blue wrappers. Custom clamshell box. Very fine condition, crisp and clean.
FIRST PRINTING OF THE TREATY IN WHICH THE UNITED STATES IS FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS A FREE AND INDEPENDENT NATION. Negotiations for peace between the United States and Britain were begun by Benjamin Franklin in Paris on April 12, 1782. He was later joined by John Adams, John Jay, Henry Laurens, and Thomas Jefferson. The present treaty was signed on the 3rd of September, but not ratified by Congress until January 14, 1784. It was printed by the French royal printer Pierres at the behest and under the guidance of Benjamin Franklin.
The title-page features the second appearance in print of the seal of the United States, designed by Charles Thompson. This appearance was preceded only by the Paris-printed Constitutions des treize Etats-Unis de l'Amerique also of 1783. Church 1197; Howes D212; W.E. Lingelbach, "Franklin, Printer-New Source Materials," Proceedings of the A.P.S., vol 92, no 2 (1948); Livingston, pp 188-190; Sabin 19273.
Provenance: Anonymous owner (sold at Sotheby's New York, Oct 30, 1990, lot 29).
Acquisition: Sotheby's New York, June 5, 2001, lot 287, $41,000 (erroneously identified as the Bradley Martin copy).