1802 · Trenton
On the social conditions conducive to despotism. Reprint of the 1795 London edition. First American edition printed that same year. "Hone states that the book was first privately printed at London in 1795, during the war against France, in a duodecimo volume of 360 pages; it is said to have been shortly afterwards suppressed by Knox, and that only three copies were left in existence, one of which went to America, and another subsequently fell into Hone's hands; no trace, however, of the three copies is now discoverable, and in all probability the American edition was really the first one (Notes and Queries, 5th ser. xi. 43, 174, 6th ser. vii. 407)" (DNB). DNB also states that Vicesimus Knox (1752–1821) was a "good scholar, an impressive preacher, and a popular and voluminous writer. He was a staunch whig, and, though a strenuous supporter of the establishment, was strongly in favour of Roman catholic emancipation." Table of contents and a list of subsribers in the back.
Shaw & Shoemaker 2494; Felcone, New Jersey Books 1698–1800, 121 (for the 1795 Morristown edition). Contemporary sheep, spine with gilt-stamped rules, title gilt-stamped on a black leather spine label; much rubbed and abraded, corners worn, head and foot spine pulled, short crack (1 cm, 0.25") at bottom of front joint. Browning around edges of endpapers. Moderate foxing to early leaves, scattered spots elsewhere. Some browning and occasional light waterstains in top outer corners. Pages 11–12 loosening a bit from text block. (Inventory #: 7538)