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    John Adams' A Defence of the Constitutions of the Government of the United States of America

    John Adams. A Defence of The Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, Against the Attack of M. Turgot in his Letter to Dr. Price... London: John Stockdale, 1794. A New Edition [the third edition overall, and the second British edition]. Three octavo volumes. Bound without the frontispiece portrait of Adams. Bound to style in modern full brown calf, boards ruled and decoratively stamped in blind, spines ruled and stamped in blind, numbered in gilt, and with burgundy gilt morocco lettering labels, new endleaves. Title-pages with neat numerical ink notations, perforated library and embossed library stamps - these stamps occasionally appear in a few other text leaves. A very good copy.

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    "This work is not, as its title states, a defence of the American Constitution, but a warm defence of the Constitution of Great Britain. It is the best anti-democratic treatise that we have seen; for Dr. Adams appears to dread that that is the extreme to which his countrymen will naturally lean, and he has exerted his best endeavours to obviate the evil." (The Monthly Review as quoted by Sabin). Howes A60. Sabin 235.



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