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"THE ENORMOUS ENGINE FABRICATED BY THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT FOR BATTERING DOWN ALL THE RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF AMERICA, I MEAN THE STAMP ACT" (JOHN ADAMS)

(STAMP ACT) (PARLIAMENT). Stamp Act. London, 1765.

Very rare folio first printing of the 1765 Stamp Act, turning the course toward Revolution with a signal that "the only way for the American colonists to solve their differences with Great Britain was to tear away from it completely" (Hayes), less than 1100 copies printed. An exceptionally important document in American history, quite rare. $24,000.

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“GREAT GLORY NECESSARILY PROCEEDED FROM PROJECTS THAT WERE CONCEIVED WITH PROFOUND WISDOM”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) TARLETON, Banastre. A History of the Campaigns of 1780 and 1781. London, 1787.

First edition of Tarleton's significant account of the southern campaigns in the American Revolution, illustrated with five detailed maps (three large folding) with hand-colored outlines of routes and positions, in nicely restored contemporary mottled calf-gilt. $9700.

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FIRST EDITION OF THIS SCARCE PLATEBOOK CONTAINING 16 RICH COPPER-ENGRAVINGS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION— THE FIRST FRENCH IMPRINT TO NAME THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PONCE, Nicolas and GODEFROY, François. Recueil d’estampes representant les differents evenemens de la guerre. Paris, 1784. First edition of the first French book to name the United States on its title page, with 16 full-page copper engravings of momentous Revolutionary battles, including the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the defeat of Burgoyne at Saratoga and of Cornwallis at York, and commemorating the signing of the Treaty at Versailles in 1783, complete with two plates of maps. $8200.

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"SLAVERY UNDER AN AMERICAN CONGRESS"

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (SEABURY, Samuel). View of the Controversy. New-York, 1774.

First edition of Seabury's pivotal work in a legendary exchange of pre-Revolutionary essays with Alexander Hamilton that would propel the 17-year-old Hamilton into history—“Hamilton had found his calling… a true child of the Revolution"—with Seabury, writing under the pseudonym of A.W. Farmer, striking back at Hamilton in a brilliant debate that, to historians, “starkly differentiates the colonial political mind from the British.” $7800.

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VERY RARE 1776 OFFICIAL BRITISH CERTIFICATE FOR A DRUMMER BOY, RECRUITING A YOUNG BOY IN THE BRITISH MILITARY ONLY TWO MONTHS BEFORE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, SIGNED—“CHAS. X HIS MARK”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) ASHBY, Charles. Enlistment document. Charles Town, South Carolina, May 1, 1776.

Rare May 1, 1776 Revolutionary War enlistment certificate, dated only two months before the Declaration of Independence, recruiting a young boy in South Carolina to enlist as a drummer boy in the British Royal Regiment of Artillery, with the boy clearly signing an “X” as “his mark… to serve His Majesty King George the Third,” co-signed by a Justice of the Peace, dated the same month British ships closed in on Charleston in what became a failed attempt to anchor their assault north and gain the “active support by the Loyalists, who… had been counted upon as a primary component in the military suppression of the Rebellion” (Tuchman, First Salute). $6800.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST FRENCH BOOK TO NAME THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WITH 16 COPPER-ENGRAVED PLATES, COMPLETE WITH MAPS

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PONCE, Nicholas and GODEFROY, Francois. Recueil d'estampes representant les differents evenemens de la guerre. Paris, [circa 1784].

First edition of the first French book to name the United States on its title page, with 16 full-page copper engravings of momentous Revolutionary battles, including the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the defeat of Burgoyne at Saratoga and of Cornwallis as York, and commemorating the signing of the Treaty at Versailles in 1783, complete with two plates of maps. $5000.

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“NOTHING LESS THAN A DELIBERATE ASSAULT LAUNCHED SURREPTITIOUSLY BY PLOTTERS AGAINST LIBERTY”

(CONNECTICUT). Acts and Laws Of His Majesty"s English Colony of Connecticut. New Haven and New London: 1769 [i.e. 1782].

1769 edition of the Connecticut Acts & Laws, with a printing of the 1662 Royal Charter, sessional Acts and Laws from 1752-68, and first edition sessional Acts from 1769-82. With rare early printings of some of the most controversial pre-Revolutionary parliamentary laws, including several quartering acts, a 1757 duty on tea setting the stage for the incendiary 1773 Tea Act, evidence of revolutionary fervor with the striking removal of the words “Our Sovereign Lord George the Third, King of Great-Britain” from all acts printed after 1775 and, following the Continental Congress’s urging that all states sever all ties to Britain, a printing of Connecticut’s own 1776 declaration of independence. $4000.

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"LIFE IS A BURDEN IN ANY OTHER STATE THAN THAT OF FREEDOM": RARE 1775 REVOLUTIONARY-ERA ISSUE OF THE NEW ENGLAND CHRONICLE, PRINTING AN INSTALLMENT OF THE PRO-AMERICAN ESSAY SERIES "THE CRISIS"

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION). "The Crisis." IN: The New-England Chronicle: or, Essex Gazette [Newspaper printing]. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Vol. VIII. Numb. 375. Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 1775.

A 1775 rarity, originally printed the same day as the Battle of Bunker Hill: an American printing of the 12th installment of "The Crisis": part of a series of political essays published in London defending American liberty and criticizing royal authority. $3750.

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“OUR CAUSE IS JUST: OUR UNION IS PERFECT… BEING WITH ONE MIND RESOLVED TO DIE FREEMEN, RATHER THAN TO LIVE SLAVES”

(CONTINENTAL CONGRESS). Journal of the Proceedings of the Congress. London, 1776. First English edition of the Journal of the Second Continental Congress, covering the dramatic events of May-August 1775, with printings of the Olive Branch Petition and Jefferson's eloquent Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms—a precursor to the Declaration of Independence. $3500.

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“IF YOU ARE MEN, BEHAVE LIKE MEN. LET US TAKE UP ARMS IMMEDIATELY”

(CUSTOMS COMMISSIONERS ACT). Customs Commissioners Act. London, 1767.

Rare first printing of the 1767 Customs Commissioners Act, one of the controversial Townshend Acts that united patriot opposition to British rule and provoked the Boston Massacre. $3200.

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“THE INTELLECTUAL MASTER OF POLITICAL ARITHMETIC AND THE ÉMINENCE GRISE OF INSURANCE”: SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF MORGAN’S APPEAL TO THE PEOPLE OF GREAT BRITAIN, 1797

MORGAN, William. Appeal to the People of Great Britain… Public Finances. London, 1797.

First edition of William Morgan’s fearless attack on the political and economic cost of British policies in “that detestable war” against America, a major work by the first modern actuary, one of “the pioneers of scientific life assurance in England (ODNB) and nephew of British radical Richard Price, “the most influential advocate of American independence” (Howes). Jefferson, who became Vice President the year this work was published, had a first edition in his library. $3200.

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"A SELF-APPOINTED MISSIONARY OF WORLD REVOLUTION": FIRST FRENCH EDITION OF PAINE'S COMMON SENSE, 1791

AMERICAN REVOLUTION PAINE, Th[omas]. Sens-Commun. Paris, 1791.

First French edition of Paine's Common Sense, the work that sparked the American Revolution, issued the same year he published the first part of Rights of Man, this important edition affirming his view of the French Revolution "as a natural extension of the American one," text in French. $3000.

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“POOR RICHARD HAD NO RIVAL”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (FRANKLIN, Benjamin) SAUNDERS, Richard. Poor Richard Improved. Philadelphia, 1766.

Scarce first edition of the first Poor Richard printed by Franklin’s successors, Hall and Sellers, issued in Philadelphia one year after the incendiary Stamp Act triggered colonial rebellion, containing the woodcut “Anatomy of Man’s Body as govern’d by the Twelve Constellations” and woodcut headpieces for each of the 12 months of 1767, along with a lengthy extract from Dr. Tissot’s popular Advice to the People, entirely uncut and in rarely found original self-wrappers. $2800.

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“TWO BUSHEL OF RYE AND ONE BUSHEL AND HALF IS TO PAY FOR A SAW AND A HARNES”

[STILES, Abel]. Merchant Ledger. Connecticut, circa 1790-1820.

Rare New England merchant’s account book for the years just after the Revolution through the War of 1812, a remarkable view into early American life, with hundreds of inked entries from Abel Stiles of Connecticut recording the details of bartering for cattle, gallons of cider brandy, bushels of rye, and much more. Scarce in contemporary boards. $2500.

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“BE ENCOURAGED, ALL YE FRIENDS OF FREEDOM… TREMBLE ALL YE

OPPRESSORS OF THE WORLD!”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PRICE, Richard. Discourse on the Love of Our Country. London, 1789.

Second edition, published shortly after the same year's first edition, of Price's incendiary work on human rights from England's Glorious Revolution to the American and French Revolutions, sparking Burke's fiery refutation of Price in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) and an eloquent endorsement from Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790). $2500.

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“NOTHING CAN BE OF SO MUCH CONSEQUENCE TO US AS LIBERTY”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PRICE, Richard. Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty. BOUND WITH: (PORTEUS) Letter to the Clergy. London, 1786.

Scarce 1776 edition, issued shortly after the same year’s first edition of Price’s powerfully influential British defense of the American revolution, precedes the first American edition, a work of crucial importance in “determining the Americans to declare their independence” (DNB), this important early edition bound with work by Dr. Beilby Porteus, Bishop of London and a powerful opponent of Thomas Paine. $2400.

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“BE ENCOURAGED, ALL YE FRIENDS OF FREEDOM… TREMBLE ALL YE

OPPRESSORS OF THE WORLD!”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PRICE, Richard. Discourse on the Love of Our Country. London, 1790.

Third edition, the scarce first expanded edition of Price's controversial work, issued only one year after the first edition, documenting progress in human rights from England's Glorious Revolution to the American and French Revolutions, sparking Burke's refutation in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) and Wollstonecraft's endorsement in Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790). Beautifully bound. $2250.

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“DO NOT BURDEN THEM WITH TAXES… TYRANNY IS A POOR PROVIDER”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) BURKE, Edmund. Political Tracts and Speeches. Dublin, 1777.

First edition of this important 1777 collection of six major works by Burke, prominently featuring printings of key speeches on the American colonies and Revolution, including his 1774 speech On America Taxation delivered to Parliament shortly after the Boston Tea Party, his warning against punitive taxation in his 1775 Resolutions for Conciliation—"more universally admired than any other of Burke's productions"—and much more. $2200.

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“BE ENCOURAGED, ALL YE FRIENDS OF FREEDOM… TREMBLE ALL YE OPPRESSORS OF THE WORLD!”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PRICE, Richard. Discourse on the Love of Our Country. London, 1790.

Third edition, the scarce first expanded edition of Price's controversial work, issued only one year after the first edition, documenting progress in human rights from England's Glorious Revolution to the American and French Revolutions, sparking Burke's refutation in Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) and Wollstonecraft's endorsement in Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790). $1800.

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“THAT FATAL DAY IN WHICH THE FIRST AMERICAN BLOOD WAS SPILT”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) SMITH, William. Oration in Memory of General Montgomery. Philadelphia, 1776.

First edition of the notorious February 1776 Oration by Smith, Provost of what is now the University of Pennsylvania, chosen by the Continental Congress to honor Montgomery's death at Quebec, yet surprising all by urging reconciliation with Britain, prompting John Adams to declare the Oration as "an insolent performance" and Congress withholding support for publication, forcing Smith to issue this rare first edition himself. $1800.

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"FROM THE INNOCENT BLOOD THUS SPILT IN AMERICA WILL ARISE A HYDRA WITH MANY HEADS": RARE 1776 REVOLUTIONARY-ERA INSTALLMENT OF THE BRITISH PRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPER "THE CRISIS"

[MOORE, William]. The Crisis. Number LIX. London, March 2, 1776.

A 1776 rarity, first edition of the 59th installment of "The Crisis": part of a weekly series of political essays published in London defending American liberty and criticizing royal authority—“violent censure of the British ministry’s American policy” (Howes). $1750.

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“A PROMINENT PASTOR DURING THE YEARS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) WINCHESTER, Elhanan. Seed of the Woman. Philadelphia, 1781.

First edition of this controversial sermon by influential Revolutionary orator Elhanan Winchester, his first published sermon, laying out the main point of his Universalist faith. $1600.

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“TO MAINTAIN, BY FIRE AND SWORD, DOMINION… CONTRADICTS EVERY PRINCIPLE OF LIBERTY AND HUMANITY”

PRICE, Richard. Additional Observations. London, 1777.

Second edition, issued within weeks of the first edition and preceding the first American edition, published in answer to a storm of “virulent invectives” against Price for his support of American independence in Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty (1776), handsomely bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. $1400.

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"WE HAVE OVERSHOT OUR MARK… IT IS IMPOSSIBLE WE SHOULD SUCCEED”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (WASHINGTON, George) (BACHE, Benjamin Franklin). Epistles Domestic, Confidential, and Official. New-York, 1796.

First edition of a signal volume of Washington’s correspondence featuring seven infamous forgeries that lead this otherwise authentic collection in an attempt to tarnish his legacy with early political propaganda. Washington repudiated the Revolutionary-era forgeries for the first time on publication of Epistles, charging “he had never seen or heard of them until they appeared in print," with engraved frontispiece portrait, an exceptional uncut copy in original boards. $1400.

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“THE MOST POWERFUL POLITICAL WRITER OF THE DAY”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) COBBETT, William. Letters on the Late War Between the United States and Great Britain. New York, 1815.

First edition of this passionate defense of American rights by the controversial British pamphleteer who was one of the “founders of American party journalism” (ANB). $1250.

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"THE STRESS OF THE AMERICAN WARS": RARE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THE 1765 PARLIAMENTARY ACT IMPOSING "DUTIES … UPON MALT, MUM, CYDER, AND PERRY," PASSED ONLY MONTHS BEFORE THE SAME YEAR'S STAMP ACT THAT SPARKED REVOLUTION

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (PARLIAMENT) GEORGE III. Act for … Duties upon Malt, Mum, Cyder, and Perry. London, 1765.

First printing of the 1765 parliamentary act imposing duties on “Malt, Mum, Cyder, and Perry,” passed only months before the same year’s Stamp Act that sparked the Boston Tea Party and the Revolution, this act targeting Scotland with duties on malt and other goods, taxation key to fueling Britain’s finances “in the stress of the American wars,” one of only 1100 copies. $1250.

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“ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD”

PRICE, Richard. Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution. Dublin, 1785.

First Dublin edition, preferred revised and expanded edition, published only one year after the first, of Price’s Observations, an exceptional copy, bound in full morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe. $1200.

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“NOTHING CAN BE OF SO MUCH CONSEQUENCE TO US AS LIBERTY”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) PRICE, Richard. Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty. Dublin, 1776.

Second Dublin edition, issued the same year as the outbreak of the American Revolution, and the London first edition of Price’s powerfully influential British defense of the American cause, precedes the first American edition, a work of crucial importance in “determining the Americans to declare their independence” (DNB), very scarce in original boards. $750.

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“A STIRRING CALL TO LIBERTY”

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) SMITH, William. Sermon on the Present Situation. Philadelphia Printed: London Re-Printed, A Second Time, 1775.

First English edition, scarce second printing issued the same year as the first American edition, of Smith’s Sermon, delivered only two months after Lexington and Concord, citing loyalty to Britain while asserting “the people of this country know their rights and will not consent to a passive surrender of them.” $450.

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