James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Joel Barlow, 9 May 1809

From Joel Barlow

9 May—1809

Dear Sir

The Encyclopedie methodique which I have to dispose of is complete as far as the 58th. livraison,1 and I shall agree to complete it as soon as the intercourse is open, as I presume the impression is finished. I have on hand

in text 93 whole vols. bound
14 half vols. in boards.
in plates 12 whole vos. bound
  & 15 half vos. in boards

The price, as I find by a note stuck into one of the vols. & which I here enclose, is 6 liv. 10 sols. the half vol. in sheets—7 liv. 5 s. in boards.

The plates are charged 5 s. each plate & something for the discourses in the vols. of plates.

The binding of the 105 vols. that I got bound is not dear, not more than half the price of American binding.

So that the work will come altogether very cheap. Yr. obt.

J. Barlow


1In France, Jefferson had purchased for JM the Panckoucke edition of the Encyclopédie méthodique through the thirtieth livraison (installment) (JM to Jefferson, 12 May 1786, and Memorandum of Books, ca. Aug. 1790, PJM description begins William T. Hutchinson et al., eds., The Papers of James Madison (1st ser., vols. 1–10, Chicago, 1962–77, vols. 11–, Charlottesville, Va., 1977—). description ends , 9:49, 13:286, 289 n. 2).

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