London: Printed for J. Mundell & Co, Edinburgh; and for J. Mundell, Glasgow, 1798.
Engraved portrait by Thomas Trotter after an original painting. Pp. viii, 316. Small illustration pasted in lower blank margin of p. 15 (some marking from glue). 1 vols. 8vo. Philadelphia Bookseller's label. Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt. Covers detached, lacking label on spine, extremities rubbed, first few leaves including title separated with upper cover, pencilled signature on title with pencilled library ownership notation, a few other pencilled numbers or markings, else a very good copy Item #37179
With the contemporary rectangular lavender printed label reading “John Penington/& Son/ Importers & Booksellers/ 127 S. 7th St./ Philadelphia” on front pastedown. This firm not noted in Brown & Brown's “Directory of the Book-Arts and Book Trade in Philadelphia to 1820” (1950 edition)
An early collected edition of these letters, which first appeared in the London PUBLIC ADVERTISER from Jan. 21, 1769, to Jan. 21, 1772, under the pseudonym of "Junius" (Possibly Sir Philip Francis). "...'Junius' poured brilliantly slanderous invective upon Tory-minded English ministers, especially the Duke of Grafton, for a series of 'inconsistent measures' which allegedly ruined England and drove the colonies 'into excesses little short of rebellion.' Vehement, lucid, frequently reprinted in English and colonial newspapers, the letters were polemical masterpieces with such extraordinary knowledge and appreciation of contemporary colonial opinion that they lent moral support to the early revolutionary cause. 'Junius' opposed the Tea Duty, but upheld the legality of the Stamp Act, and prophesied (Dec. 19, 1769) that the colonies aimed at independence" - DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN HISTORY.
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