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    R. B. Adam's Copy of Cartwright's Classic in a Sumptuous Binding

    [John Cartwright]. American Independence, The Interest and Glory of Great Britain. A New Edition. To which is added, A copious Appendix, containing two additional Letters to the Legislature; a Letter to Edmund Burke, Esq; controverting his Principles of American Government. And A Postscript, containing new Arguments on the Subject; A Draught for a Bill proposed to be brought into Parliament for restoring Peace and Harmony between Great-Britain and British America, and for perpetuating the same... London: Printed for the Author, by H. S. Woodfall. Sold by J. Wilkie, No. 71, St. Paul's Church-yard; and at the Pamphlet-Shops, 1775.

    Two octavo volumes in one. xvi, iv, [1]-72, 1-15 (Appendix), [1]-30, 1-51 (Postscript), Errata. With a folding map of British America, with suggested names and divisions.

    Later full polished calf by Sangorski and Sutcliffe with triple-ruled borders and circular gilt corner designs, elaborate gilt tooling in compartments along the spine with two crimson leather title plates lettered in gilt inside five raised bands. Gilt inner dentelles. All edges gilt. A gorgeously bound volume. Minor shelf wear to the binding. Some offsetting to the endpapers where they make contact with the inner dentelles. Text very clean and bright. The bookplate of R. B. Adam, prolific bibliophile and collector of Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, and Edmund Burke among others, is affixed to the front pastedown. A near fine copy.

    Sabin 11154 and 11157.


    More Information:

    The letter to Edmund Burke has a separate title and pagination and also a 52-page Appendix (including Errata) with separate pagination. Although mentioned on the title page of the first item, this is almost always found as a separate work.

    "Many middle-class Britons, apart from the clergy - often labeled 'radicals' by the establishment - wrote of their sympathies for the American rebels. Among them was John Cartwright, a former army major. Two of his pamphlets, American Independence; The Interest and Glory of Great Britain...(1774), and The Memorial of Common-Sense Upon the Present Crisis between Great Britain and America...(1778), affirmed his loyalty to his country, but also concluded that it would be in Britain's best interests to grant America its freedom" (Sheldon S. Cohen, British Supporters of the American Revolution 1775-1783, p. 18).



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