Vienne: De L'imprimerie Imperiale et Royale, 1815. First Edition. Small Quarto, , 334,  pages; VG; bound in 3/4 leather, green label with gilt titling, tree calf patterned paper boards; pattered endpapers; small bookplate to front pastedown; mild scattered foxing; wide margins; minor archival repair to fore edge of page 1; mild rubbing and wear to boards; With a Preamble, 121 Articles, and 18 Annexes; with errata in rear; text in French; shelved case 7.
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The Vienna Congress was a meeting of ambassadors of European states held in Vienna from November 1814 to June 1815. The objective of the Congress was to provide a long-term peace plan for Europe by settling critical issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars. The goal was not simply to restore old boundaries but to resize the main powers so they could balance each other and remain at peace. The congress was the first occasion in history where, on a continental scale, national representatives came together to formulate treaties instead of relying mostly on messages among the several capitals. The Congress of Vienna settlement, despite later changes, formed the framework for European international politics until the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.[wikipedia]