Déclaration des droits, traduite de l'anglois, avec l'original à côté
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- Declaration of rights translation
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- Déclaration des droits, traduite de l'anglois, avec l'original à côté paratext
This publication pretends to be the French translation of an English source text published the year before in America. In reality the French text is an original project for a declaration of rights by Condorcet. It was published shortly before the opening of the Estates General and was meant to encourage the Assembly to start by drawing up such a declaration. It is accompanied by an English translation by Richard Gem. Catalogues often erroneously ascribe this translation to Filippo Mazzei. The identity of the translator was revealed by Jefferson who wrote it on one of his own copies of the text. He took it with him to Virginia where it may have influenced the drafting of the US Bill of Rights. David Williams, Condorcet and Modernity, p. 55; Maclean and Hewitt, Condorcet: Foundations of Social Choice and Political Theory, p. 57.