London: Printed for T. Cadell, In The Strand (and) Printed for J. Almon, Piccadilly; J. Dodsley, Pall-Mall; and B. White, Fleet-Street. 1779. 1/2 leather with contemporary marbled boards. First tract: (2 blanks), half-title, title-page stating 5th edition, Advertisement (v, vi), pp. 1-58. Tract 2: half-title, title-page (dated 1778), pp. 1-80. Good+, Sheets are generally fresh, but age-toned with occassional smudging to extremities and very light foxing. Covers quite worn and rounded at tips, leather flaking on spine. Bookplate of Simmons and Kirkby's Circulating Library (No. 3280) inside front cover. Wide margins onm all sheets, all are untrimmed. Item #177808
Tract 1, Goodspeed: Has been attributed to Edward Gibbon, but more likely was by James Macpherson, Secretary to the Governor of West Florida, & afterwards employed by Lord North’s ministry to defend its American policy. Attacks the domestic foes of the administration, & gives important details of the campaigns of Howe, Burgoyne, & other British generals. It was widely read, and was answered by John Eardley-Wilmot in “A Short Defence of the Opposition.” Reference made, in Tract 2, to a speech made by The King, on 3rd July, 1779, placing the actuaal date of publication for this volume in 1779 and NOT 1778 as stated on the title-page. Also, frequent references are made tothe Parliamentary Register Vol. xiii, which references are events recorded in 1779. Thus, this copy can be opined to pre-date the copies that have a 1779 publication date on the title-page. Tract 2 is printed on sheets of a slightly larger size than Tract 1. Both are scarce, especially Tract 2. Tract 2 relates entirely to the affairs in the American colonies, and discusses the events which led up to the War, the Boston tea party, etc. Takes the side of the Colonies.
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