"WE HAVE SEEN THE DAWN OF LIBERTY ON THE WILDERNESS"
CHALMERS, George. Political Annals. London, 1780.
First edition of Chalmers' landmark work, published during the Revolution, on British constitutional history and its impact on the American colonies, preceding "the first published 'American' effort at a full history of the Revolution" (Boorstin), with John Adams, as Vice President, calling its British author "a very bitter Tory… of the scornful fastidious temper of his nation." Yet despite Chalmers' claim that "American colonies had always had a subversive desire for independence and that parliament had the right to tax the colonies without their consent” (ODNB), his Annals proved vital to America's early historians—"valuable for the distinctness of its details, the authenticity of its documents, and the elegant manner in which it is written" (Sabin). $4200.