Glocester: R. Raikes, 1775. 58,pp. Extra-illustrated with an engraved frontispiece of Westminster Hall. Handsome 20th-century maroon calf, gilt. Small leather bookplate on front pastedown. Internally clean. Very good. The rare first edition of Tucker's detailed reply to Edmund Burke's SPEECH...ON MOVING HIS RESOLUTIONS FOR CONCILIATION WITH THE COLONIES. Josiah Tucker was a British economist and long-standing opponent of colonialism who wrote several tracts arguing that the British should forego their effort to retain the American colonies. In the present tract, Tucker skewers the American spirit of liberty, credit-worthiness, and a variety of other qualities touted by Burke. He responds to criticism from Edmund Burke and labels the colonists as "restive and untractable from the Beginning." He adds that the Americans are generally unreliable, and points out the irony of colonial claims of jeopardized liberty, when the colonists themselves own "vast multitudes of slaves." The Frank Deering copy, with his bookplate. Adams locates only sixteen copies of the first edition. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 75-145a. SABIN 97353. HOWES T387. (Inventory #: WRCAM49766)
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