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    John Adams. A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America. London: Printed for C. Dilly [second volume Printed for C. Dilly; and John Stockdale], [1787]. First edition. Two volumes, octavo (8.375 x 5 inches; 213 x 129 mm.). [2, blank], [1, title-page], [1, blank], xxxi, [1, blank], [3]-392, [2, blank] (leaf B1 lacking); [2, blank], [4], 451, [3, blank] pages. Recent calf, printed paper label affixed to spine; edges trimmed. Minor binding wear at extremities. All edges of both text blocks faintly browned with some light soiling, second volume has damp stain at spine top and bottom. Text of the first volume foxed and stained through first and last few gatherings; text of second volume slightly soiled with some light foxing in last few gatherings, infrequent thumb-soiling at fore-edges. Very good. Does not include third volume, published in 1788. ESTC N521 (complete set), Howes A60, Sabin 234.

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