Four Influential Books by Joseph Priestley Priestley, Joseph [1733-1804]. An Essay on the First Principles of Government; And on the Nature of Political, Civil, And Religious Liberty. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1768. vii, , 191,  pp. [Bound with] Priestley, Joseph. Considerations on Church-Authority; Occasioned by Dr. Balguy's Sermon, on that Subject; Preached at Lambeth Chapel, And Published by Order of the Archbishop. London: Printed for J. Johnson and J. Payne, 1769. xv, , 91,  pp. With a final advertisement leaf. [And] Priestley, Joseph. A View of the Principles and Conduct of the Protestant Dissenters, with Respect to the Civil and Ecclesiastical Constitution of England. London: Printed for J. Johnson and J. Payne, 1769. [iv], v, , 91 pp. Advertisement leaf mis-bound between title page and preface. [And] Priestley, Joseph. A Serious Address to Masters of Families; With Forms of Family-Prayer. London: Printed for J. Johnson and J. Payne, . vii, , 52,  pp. With a final advertisement leaf. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary speckled calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, front board just beginning to separate but secure, rear joint and hinge starting, later owner stamps to front pastedown (Of Ashley Combe and Ben Damph Forest, properties of the Earls of Lovelace), front free endpaper partially detached. Attractive copperplate vignette to title page of the Essay. Moderate toning to text, slightly heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves. $5,000. * First editions. Priestley's Essay, his first substantial political work, influenced several American founding fathers, such as John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (who owned copies of the 1771 edition). A full expression of his deeply held humanitarian beliefs, it is based on his Essay on a Course of Liberal Education (1765), which took issue with the authoritarian educational philosophy favored by John "Estimate" Brown in his Thoughts on Civil Liberty. Priestley develops the theme of his earlier essay further, arguing for a system of education compatible with the liberal political philosophy that he advocates as a matter of morality and a prerequisite for social progress. The other t.
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