Paris: Bechet, 1821. First Edition. Quartos, Two Volumes; G; Bound in original blue wrappers, with. white paper spine labels and black lettering; Covers show moderate cracking to paper along spine, wear to paper spine labels; some curling to corners, and light plus wear to wrappers overall; Textblock has light wear to edges, and several pages have creasing to corners; RWO.
De Pradt was a Roman Catholic cleric during the French Revolution, later serving as a diplomat for Napoleon at the Vatican, in Spain, and in Warsaw. After the Treaty of Paris in 1815 he began publishing annual work on current international affairs, earning a continent-wide readership. He was an early advocate for Latin American independence and predicted that European colonialism would inevitably end. Largely forgotten after his death, a re-appraisal of his work began in the 1940s focusing on his writings on Euro-American relations.