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JOSEPH PRIESTLEY

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RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE LAW: FIRST SEPARATE EDITION OF THE APPENDIX TO BLACKSTONE'S COMMENTARIES

BLACKSTONE, William, PRIESTLEY, Joseph, and FURNEAUX, Philip. The Palladium of Conscience. Philadelphia, 1773.

First separate edition—second American edition overall—of this primary source on religious toleration in the context of English common law, with rebuttals, replies, arguments and defenses. $6800.

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"THE BEGINNING OF A REVOLUTION IN CHEMISTRY AS PROFOUND AS THE REVOLUTION IN PHYSICS"

PRIESTLEY, Joseph. Account of further Discoveries in Air. London, 1775.

First edition of Priestley's momentous work in which he became "the first person to describe the production of oxygen," containing the first publication of his two March 1775 letters to Sir John Pringle, including the March 15 letter in which Priestley writes of discovering an air "five or six times better than common air," together with the first publication of an extract from his April 1 letter to Richard Price. A landmark scientific work. $1800.

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