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Continuation of the Proceedings

"THE GREATEST THREAT TO AMERICAN LIBERTIES": RARE FIRST EDITION OF CONTINUATION OF THE PROCEEDINGS, 1770, ISSUED IN BOSTON SAME YEAR AS THE BOSTON MASSACRE, DOCUMENTING THE "CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS" PROVOKED BY LT. GOVERNOR THOMAS HUTCHINSON

(AMERICAN REVOLUTION) (HUTCHINSON, Thomas) (ADAMS, John) (ADAMS, Samuel) (HANCOCK, John). Continuation of the Proceedings. Boston, 1770.

First edition of the momentous work that documents powerful legal and philosophical debates in a stand-off between Boston patriots and Hutchinson over his command to remove the Massachusetts Court from Boston amidst fury over the recent Boston Massacre, causing colonial leaders, chief among them Samuel and John Adams, to rage against "the most valuable of our Liberties from being wrested from us," this rare edition "almost certainly a major cause" of the Declaration of Independence "accusing the King of calling 'together legislative bodies at place… distance from the repository of their public records for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance." $11,500.

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Defence of the Constitutions of Government

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

ADAMS, John. A Defence of the Constitutions of Government. Philadelphia, 1797. Three volumes.

First American edition of Adams' complete three-volume work in defense of a strong executive, a system of checks and balances, and a bicameral legislature, an expansion of his inaugural first volume, containing a printing of America's newly forged Constitution in Volume III. Uncut in original marbled boards. $9500.

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Discourses on Davila. A Series of Papers

"AMERICANS! IN YOUR CONGRESS AT PHILADELPHIA… YOU LAID DOWN THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES… LIFE, LIBERTY AND PROPERTY"

[ADAMS, John]. Discourses on Davila. A Series of Papers. Boston, 1805.

First edition in book form of Adams' controversial essays on the dangers of unbridled democracy, a key work of the Federalist period and central to ongoing disputes between Jefferson and Adams. $8800.

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Report of the Committee... Articles of Impeachment

"ONE OF THE MORE IMPORTANT OF AMERICAN HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS"

(CONSTITUTION) (BLOUNT, William). Report of the Committee… Articles of Impeachment. Philadelphia, 1797.

First edition of the authoritative Report detailing the House of Representatives' assertion of "High Crimes and Misdemeanors" in its groundbreaking impeachment of Senator Blount—"setting precedent… concerning the nature of impeachment, conviction and expulsion"—inaugurating "how the Founders generation… believed the removal of public officials should proceed." $7800.

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Novanglus, and Massachusettensis; or Political Essays

"THE MOST LEARNED STATEMENT OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL GROUNDS FOR COLONIAL RESISTANCE": FIRST EDITION OF JOHN ADAMS’ NOVANGLUS LETTERS

((AMERICAN REVOLUTION) ADAMS, John (and LEONARD, Daniel). Novanglus, and Massachusettensis; or Political Essays. Boston, 1819.

First edition of John Adams' Novanglus letters, a series of essays that appeared under his pseudonym in a Boston newspaper just prior to Lexington and Concord, together complete in book form for the first time—"Adams' expansive defense of the colonies' autonomy would play an important role in America's intellectual justification for declaring independence from Great Britain," very rare uncut in original boards. $4200.

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