Philadelphia: From the Press of M. Carey, 1792. iv, -196, 189-252, 36 [Appendix I- Poetry], 44 [Appendix II- Public Papers], 40; Appendix III- Proceedings of Congress; and Index] pp. There is no loss of text, despite erratic pagination. Occasional mild wear. Expertly repaired closed tears at leaf 127-128 [no loss], a few marginal repairs to first two leaves. Else Very Good, in modern quarter calf and marbled boards.
The Volume prints an interesting variety of Carey's favorite subjects: essays on manufactures, agriculture, education, geography, politics, trade, Indians, the U.S. debt, freedom of speech and natural rights, banking, the influence of religion on civil society, commerce, Noah Webster on education, slavery, Benjamin Banneker's almanacs ["I consider this negro as fresh proof that the powers of the mind are disconnected with the color of the skin"], temperance, monopolies, and a wealth of other material. James McHenry's letter of August 20, 1791, praising Benjamn Banneker, "a free negro", is printed at pages 185-187.
Carey's introduction proudly explains his magazine's commitment to publish the range of opinions on the critical issues of the day. "The diversity of sentiment, respecting some of the most important of the measures of the present government... have been of late, and shall be in future, preserved in this collection, so as to render it an accurate picture of the state of public affairs." Item #33050