1793. One of the Earliest American Books on Political Science Chipman, Nathaniel [1752-1843]. Sketches of the Principles of Government. Burlington [VT]: From the Press of J. Lyon, 1793. xii, -292 pp. 12mo. (6-1/4" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary speckled sheep, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine. Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to spine and extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, which are bumped, front joint cracked, later owner bookplate to front pastedown. Some toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. Owner signature of Levi Bartlett to head of title page, interior otherwise clean. * Only edition. Among the first American books on political science, Sketches is a study of civil laws and obligations, the social state, rights of property, sovereignty and political power. He published an expanded version of this in 1833 titled The Principles of Government. Chipman was a Hamiltonian Federalist who played a key role in Vermont's admission to the Union. He was a United States Senator from 1797 to 1803, Vermont's Chief Justice from 1813 to 1815 and professor of law at Middlebury College from 1816-1843. Levi Bartlett [1763-1828], a New Hampshire physician and politician, was the son of Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence for New Hampshire, later New Hampshire's chief justice and governor. Jefferson owned a copy of this book: Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 2361. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5751. (Inventory #: 65286)
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