An Influential Economic Argument in Support of the American Revolution Price, Richard [1723-1791]. Two Tracts on Civil Liberty, The War with America, And the Debts and Finances of the Kingdom: With a General Introduction and Supplement. London: Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1778. [ii], xxx, , 112; xiv, 216,  pp. Two parts, each with title page and individual pagination: Contains Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty. The Eighth Edition, With Corrections and Additions and Additional Observations on the nature and Value of Civil Liberty. Folding table. Initial advertisement leaf mis-bound at rear of text. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Nineteenth-century three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine. Moderate rubbing to extremities with light wear in a few places, corners bumped and lightly worn, nineteenth-century owner bookplate and later library stamp to front pastedown, a few cracks to text block. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting to margins in a few places, early owner signature, later paper repairs and two later library stamps to title page, another library stamp to its verso. A handsome copy overall. $1,250. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1778. This book collects two essays supporting the American Revolution. First issued in 1776 and 1777 they defended the rights of the American colonists and attacked Great Britain's attempt to suppress the Revolution on economic, political and moral grounds. Little known today but quite influential during his lifetime, Price was a Welsh moral and political philosopher, mathematician, expert on insurance and finance and an advocate of political and religious liberty. An important financial advisor to the British government and one of the founders of the Unitarian Church, his friends included Joseph Priestley and Benjamin Franklin; his enemies included Edmund Burke. English Short-Title Catalogue T12976.
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