PRICE, Richard (1723-1791). Additional Observations on the Nature and Value of Civil Liberty, and the War with America: Also Observations on Schemes for raising Money by Public Loans... London: For T. Cadell, 1777.

$ 625.00

8vo., (9 x 5 ¾ inches). Dedication page (browned throughout, as usual). Contemporary half brown morocco, marbled boards, the smooth spine lettered in gilt, untrimmed (hinges cracked but holding, extremities worn with loss).

Second edition. Price, a close friend of Benjamin Franklin, was a Welsh philosopher and dissenting preacher who published a series of political pamphlets that championed radical, republican, and liberal causes, including the American Revolution. This pamphlet followed “Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, the Principles of Government, and the Justice and Policy of the War with America,” published the previous year. 60,000 copies sold within days of publication, and a cheap edition was subsequently issued, selling twice as many. Price’s pamphlet was so influential that it may have played a role in inspiring America to declare its independence. “The author of the above ‘Additional Observations,’ must be ranked among the most respectable writers on the affairs of America. He does not attempt to engage our attention by the specious and flaming declaration of a party zealot, or the factious invective and rant of modern patriotism. In him we see the warm pleader, united with the sound reasoner, the intelligent politician, and above all, the independent man, the uninfluenced friend of his country” (Sabin). Adams 77-75a. Sabin 65444. Howes P583. ESTC N63868.

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