[Philadelphia]: Hopkins and Earle, 1807-1808. Five volumes. Frontispiece portrait in each volume. Late 19th-century three-quarter calf and marbled boards, gilt leather labels. Bookplate on front pastedown of each volume. Light scattered foxing throughout and on each portrait. A handsome, near fine set. Item #WRCAM38865
From the library of John G. Floyd (1806-81), lawyer, judge, publisher, and Democratic member of the New York State Assembly and U.S. House of Representatives, from Long Island, New York, with his bookplate. An important collection of pertinent 18th-century political speeches, including those by Burke and Pitt on the taxation of American colonies, as well as various events pertaining to the American Revolution and Irish liberty. Chapman, clearly impressed by European oration, posits that his collection "is an attempt, and the only one, to perpetuate Modern Eloquence." Nathaniel Chapman was a prominent Philadelphia physician and a member of the American Philosophical Society. SABIN 11997. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 12281, 14677.