Taxation No Tyranny; an Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress. Samuel Johnson.
Taxation No Tyranny; an Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress

Taxation No Tyranny; an Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress.

London: Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1775.

Second edition, printed within a few days of the first impression. Half-title present. [A]2, B-M4, N2. Pp. [i]-[iv], [1]-91, [92, blank]. 1 vols. 8vo. Full period calf, spine gilt, with marbled endsheets. Some soiling to half title, small paper flaw at H3. Attractive copy. Adams 75-69b; Chapman & Hazen, p. 152; Courtney & Smith, p. 125; Fleeman 75.3/2; Reese, Revolutionary 100, no. 26; Rothschild 1258, 1259; Sabin 36303; Todd, “Concealed Editions of Samuel Johnson.” The Book Collector, 1953, II, p. 59. Item #236330

In answer to the colonists’ rallying cry of “No taxation without representation,” Johnson invokes the notion of virtual representation, and argues that the colonists “are represented … by the same virtual representation as the greater part of England."

Todd notes “two issues or editions closely resembling each other, but readily distinguishable by the press figures … E, F, I and K are of the same setting as the first edition, the remainder are reset”. The two issues were printed within a few days of each other. Fleeman conjectures that G and L are also possibly of the same setting, and describes the process of “readjustment of type pages”. He also notes, “It is striking that almost twice as many copies survive of [the third edition] from a run of 500, than are found of 75.3TT/2 from a run of 1,000.”.

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