[London] Philadelphia, Printed. London, Re-printed: For E. Johnson, 1776. , 42 pp, as issued. Lightly toned, minor foxing, a tear at the upper blank margin of the title leaf [no text affected]. Good+, in modern marbled boards and quarter brown cloth.
"Although this was published over Samuel Adams's name, there is no indication that he wrote it, or that there was a Philadelphia edition. It extols the merits of the newly independent colonies, but overtones suggest that it was actually written in England" [Adams]. Howes calls it "a London forgery designed to show that the colonies were bent on independence." Adams notes that excerpts from the pamphlet first appeared in the London Chronicle in mid-October 1776. A Dublin edition followed in the same year.
The Revolutionary rhetoric certainly sounds genuinely Adams-like. "Our Fore-Fathers threw off the Yoke of Popery in Religion; for you is reserved the honor of leveling the popery of Politicks...The homage that is paid in some Countries to Monarchs and their favourites is disgraceful to humanity...In the judgment of Heaven there is no other superiority among men, than a superiority in Wisdom and Virtue."
FIRST EDITION. Howes A72. Adams, American Controversy 76-106a. Sabin 344. Item #30506