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“A FIRST-RATE MASTER OF THE ART OF RHETORICAL INVECTIVE”

(JUNIUS) [FRANCIS, Sir Philip]. Junius, Stat Nominis Umbra [The Letters of Junius]. London, 1799. Two volumes.

Early edition, with 21 engraved plates depicting famous political figures, including Edmund Burke, John Wilkes, Judge Blackstone, and George III. $700.

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“WITHOUT THE MODEL OF JUNIUS… IT IS QUESTIONABLE WHETHER THOMAS PAINE AND THE AMERICAN GENIUS WHICH SUPERINTENDED REVOLT WOULD HAVE DEVELOPED”

[FRANCIS, Sir Philip]. Junius, Stat Nominis Umbra [The Letters of Junius]. London, [1772]. Two volumes.

Early authorized edition—"probably the earliest"—of this controversial series of letters, a landmark assault on corruption and the abuse of power by George III and the high-ranking ministers of his government. "Junius' courage in opposing the tyranny of George prepared the way for the American action of 1776" (Cordasco). $600.

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“A FIRST-RATE MASTER OF THE ART OF RHETORICAL INVECTIVE”

(JUNIUS) [FRANCIS, Sir Philip]. The Letters of Junius. New York, circa 1840. Two volumes bound in one.

Later edition of this controversial series of letters, a timeless assault on corruption and the abuse of power by high-ranking members of government, with two folding facsimiles that provide handwriting samples of various men to whom the letters’ authorship had been attributed over the years. Handsomely bound. $500.

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