Paris: Chez les Citoyens Esnauts et Rapilly, . Broadside. 38.5 cm by 25.5 cm. Near Fine. Rare French Revolution broadside printed in 1793.
The Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen of 1793 enumerates 35 very progressive rights, including such as the right to public education and the right of the poor to public support. Indeed, the most important aspect of this declaration is its recognition that liberty and equality can be in conflict in a society, and its attempt to use government to solve social inequalities. This Declaration and a new French Constitution were ratified by popular vote and then officially adopted on August 10, 1793, but with the onset of the Reign of Terror neither was ever put into effect. This spectacular survivor features the 35 rights on tablets surrounded by hand-colored French Revolutionary banners, cockades, and allegorical symbols. OCLC locates only the copy in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, though we have seen an image online of at least one other example (distinguishable from the BnF copy by its lack of a lower right corner water tide mark).