Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson & Son, 1818.
First edition. xxvii, , 803pp. Uncut. 4to. Original paper-backed boards, letterpress label on the spine. Some losses to spine, front joint starting. Minor toning and light dampstaining in the rear. Inscription on the front pastedown: "Presented to the German Society by Dr. Henry Seybert July 13/39" Howes S309; Sabin 79631; Goldsmiths 22031; Kress C.169; Shaw & Shoemaker 45692; Rink 337. Item #320164
"Prior to the adoption of the present governement of the United States of America, it was not practicable to collect the facts and data for a statistical account of our country; the more important civil institutions were then exclusively under the control of the states respectively, and each state was soverign and independent of the confederated government ... Our character and interests demanded the proofs, to correct the numerous errors and misrepresentations, industriously circulated concerning the nature of our government, the condition of our institutions, and the general progress of the United States ... The views, presented in the following pages, embrace all the permanent subjects of national importance, from the commencement of the government in 1789, to the 20th of April, 1818 ..." (Advertisement).
The thick quarto work, which begins with a printing of the Constitution, comprises a profusion of tables of statistical data, divided into the following sections: Population, Commerce, Navigation, Fisheries, Public Lands, the Post Office, Revenues, the Mint, the Military, the Navy, Expenditures and Public Debt. "Especially useful on early financial history" (Howes).
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