London printed, Boston, re-printed: T. & J. Fleet, 1776. 71pp. Modern half calf and marbled boards. Contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage. Titlepage moderately toned, some light scattered foxing to text. Very good. Item #WRCAM47527
Price was a well known British Presbyterian minister and the author of several notable books about moral philosophy and economics. He was particularly friendly with a number of Americans, and vigorously argued their part in the British debate over colonial taxation and government. This is one of the most influential political pamphlets written by an Englishman who sympathized with the American colonies. "It is said that the encouragement derived from this book had no inconsiderable share in determining the Americans to declare their independence" - DNB. Price was later offered honorary American citizenship by the Continental Congress, which he declined. This work first appeared in February 1776 in London and went through numerous editions. American editions are quite rare. HOWES P586. AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE 224w. AMERICAN CONTROVERSY 76-118 (British ed). EVANS 15032. SABIN 65452. REESE, REVOLUTIONARY HUNDRED 38 (ref).