circa 22 x 13,6 cm., 206 pp.. Original wrapper with the printed label to the spine Querard II, 152. One of several editions in 1816 that were seized and destroyed as there political position angered Louis XVIII. The title here still calls the author "Ministre d'Etat" which was removed from subsequent editions as Chateaubriand (1768-1848) lost his position due to the opinions expressed. He favoured a constitutional monarchy with liberal as well as conservative elements. In his memoirs later on he was to say about the work: "Cette publication a été une des grandes époques de ma vie politique". - There is another edition with Le Normant the same year that has 304 pages and it does not seem to be quite clear which one is the first. - Fine and authentic copy in the first wrapper with the original printed label to the spine, uncut, just very slightly dusty but else crisp. Small older Swiss bookplate to inner cover.