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"ONE OF THE GREAT, ENDURING DOCUMENTS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION"

(ADAMS, Samuel). Constitution… BOUND WITH (Adams, Samuel) Address. Boston, 1780.

First editions of rare constitutional works by Founding Fathers John Adams and his cousin, Revolutionary leader Samuel Adams, featuring John Adams’ Constitution or Frame of Government for Massachusetts—“the oldest functioning written constitution in the world”—with Samuel Adams’ eloquent Address in support of his cousin’s Constitution and calling for strong measures “to prevent the Governor from abusing the Power which is necessary to be put into his hand,” containing the Revolutionary provenance of Ephraim Fairbanks, a Massachusetts Minuteman who responded to the Lexington alarm and Paul Revere's warning to Samuel Adams and John Hancock about British troops descending on the towns of Lexington and Concord. Exceedingly rare with each work entirely uncut in original wrappers. $22,500.

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EXCEPTIONALLY RARE MANUSCRIPT PRESIDENTIAL PARDON, 1800, SIGNED BY JOHN ADAMS

ADAMS, John. Manuscript presidential pardon signed. Philadelphia, April 7, 1800.

Extremely rare manuscript presidential pardon, dated April 7, 1800, pardoning John Cassin, the master of the Brigantine, for offenses related to the illegal importation of a bag of Cuban sugar at time when the United States was considering the acquisition of Cuba, signed by both John Adams and Secretary of State Timothy Pickering. $19,500.

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“LIBERTY AND THE LAWS DEPEND ENTIRELY ON A SEPARATION OF [POWERS]”

ADAMS, John. Defence of the Constitutions of Government. London, 1787.

First edition of Adams' important work on a constitutional separation of powers, his reasoned yet impassioned "rendition of the case for checks and balances in government" (McCullough). $15,000.

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“IN MEMORY OF THE LANDING OF THE FATHERS AT PLYMOUTH”

ADAMS, John. Autograph letter. WITH: Oration Delivered at Plymouth. Boston, 1802.

Autograph letter by John Adams, penned by him shortly after his tenure as America’s second President and dated December 22, 1802, expressing regret at being unable to attend “the Anniversary dinner in memory of the landing of the Fathers and Plymouth” at which his son John Quincy was speaking, tipped into a first edition copy in original uncut wrappers of the Oration delivered by John Quincy at the event. $15,000.

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