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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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“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). $14,000.

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“WHAT, MY OLD FRIEND, IS THIS WORLD ABOUT TO BECOME? EVERY THING WILL BE PULLED DOWN? BUT WHAT WILL BE BUILT UP?”

ADAMS, John and ADAMS, Samuel. Four Letters. Boston, 1802.

First edition of four letters written between September 12 and November 20, 1790 on the subject of liberty and the future of the republic. Featuring two letters from John Adams, then Vice-President, to Samuel Adams, and two from Samuel Adams, then Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, to John Adams, extremely scarce entirely uncut and in contemporary wrappers. $4500.

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"THE OLDEST FUNCTIONING WRITTEN CONSTITUTION IN THE WORLD"

(MASSACHUSETTS) (CONSTITUTION) ADAMS, John. Constitution of the State of Massachusetts. Boston, 1805.

Rare 1805 Boston edition of the 1780 Massachusetts Constitution—"one of the great enduring documents of the American Revolution"—to be published together in one volume with the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and Washington's 1796 Farewell Address, in original boards. $1200.

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