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    [John Somers]. The Judgment of Whole Kingdoms and Nations Concerning the Rights, Power and Prerogative of Kings, and the Rights, Privileges and Properties of the People...". Boston: Printed by I. Thomas, for J. Langdon, [1773].

    Twelfth edition, corrected (second American printing). Octavo. 144 pages.

    Contemporary sheep, neatly rebacked with five raised bands and titles stamped in gilt on a red leather label. Wear to the boards along the edges. Contents toned, as usual. Old catalog citation pasted to front pastedown. Very good.

    One of four American editions published on the eve of the American Revolution, these being the first American appearances of this classic Whig manifesto originally published in 1710. Its authorship is attributed to Lord Somers, the architect of the English Bill of Rights during the Glorious Revolution. These editions are among the earliest appearance in America of the English Bill of Rights. This edition is also among the earliest works issued by Isaiah Thomas from his first independently owned shop established in 1770.

    Evans 13632.

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