London: T. Cadell, 1785. Original Wrappers. Fair binding. Item #6462
Octavo. viii, 127, [1 (blank)] pp., errata. (Lacking appendix and charts: pp. 129-156). Second London edition, with additions. Unbound, but new stitching through the original sewing holes in the inner margin; untrimmed; title page a bit soiled; early Franklin Institution Library stamps on the title page and scattered throughout; ink and pencil notations as well as five-digit stamp on the title page; repeated pencil code in the bottom margin of several pages; a few leaves are deeply dog-eared with some creasing as well as a bit of soiling to the adjacent pages.
Price wrote Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty in 1776 advocating for self-government and was an outspoken proponent of the American Revolution. Howes writes that he "was the most influential British advocate of American independence" (P-585). Reese goes on, "When the fighting was over, he took up the pen again to argue that all had worked out for the best. For this he was both applauded and castigated, but widely read by all sides. Price described it as 'a revolution which opens to a new prospect in human affairs and begins a new era in the history of mankind'" (Federal Hundred 5). An important an influential work, indeed. Reese asserts that this "revised and expanded edition ... is the most desirable version." The essay is complete and includes a reprinting of the letter from Turgot to Mr. Prince in both French and English (the English translation being new to this second London edition). Never having been bound, this copy is missing the appendix "containing a Translation of the Will of M. Fortune Ricard" and the several pages of tables. While this is unfortunate, it remains an uncommon title in the trade despite having been issued in almost 10 editions on both sides of the Atlantic within a year of publication. ESTC T12991; Sabin 65450.