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, dated the twenty-second day of March, 1778. In Three Volumes… A New Edition

The President of the United States on the History & Nature of World Governments

ADAMS, John. 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, dated the twenty-second day of March, 1778. In Three Volumes… A New Edition. London: John Stockdale, 1794.

An uncut copy of the second edition, following the first edition of 1787, with the half-titles reading "History of the principal republics in the world." Three octavo volumes (8 3/4 x 5 1/4 in; 224 x 135 mm). [4], 8, xxxii, [3]-392; [4], 451, [1]; [4], 528, [36, index] pp. Steel-engraved frontispiece portrait of John Adams by Hall after Copley.

Original blue/gray boards, uncut. Neatly rebacked to style with remnants of original spines laid down. Housed in a quarter gray morocco drop-down clamshell case.

Despite the main title, Sabin notes that this book is actually a "warm defense of the Constitution of Great Britain" and "the best anti-democratic treatise that we have seen." It was an important source for European awareness of American events.

In contrast, Abagail Adams described the work as "an investigation into the different forms of government, both ancient and modern...with the purpose of demonstrating the superiority of mixed forms over simple ones."

Volume One appeared just as the newly-written U.S. Consitution was adopted and seemed to provide a theoretical justification for it.

ESTC T83247. Allibone 36. Howes A60. Sabin 235. Item #01765

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