Les Amis de la Liberté de la Presse. Marche et Effets de la Censure…

32 pp. 8vo (215 x 140 mm.), two loose quires, leaves uncut. Paris: Le Normant fils, 1827.

First and only edition of a seminal pamphlet by Chateaubriand in which he denounces the censorship measures ratified under Charles X. He calls the idea of “freedom of the press” a mere abstraction in France at that time. This article was sponsored by the Journal des Débats, which actively pressured the government to relax its stringent regulations on the press. Chateaubriand, with several prominent writers, formed the Société des amis de la liberté de la presse in 1827 to promote press freedom.

Chateaubriand dramatically writes on page 4 (in trans.): “Honor and my country call me back to the battlefield. I have reached an age where men need rest; but if I judged from my years, by the ever-growing hate that oppression and baseness inspire in me, I might believe I had grown young again.”

Nice copy in original state. Minor dampstaining on the first few leaves.

❧ N.B.G., Vol. 10, cols. 95-98.

Price: $350.00

Item ID: 6694

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