Amsterdam: J.F. Rosart & Comp. 1784. , 213, [1 blank] pp, as issued. Contemporary plain wrappers [worn, some chipping]. Untrimmed and uncut. Early leaves dusted. Else Very Good. In an attractive modern folding case, with the bookplate of James Copley, gilt-lettered spine title.
Howes calls this the first edition, but his conclusion has been questioned. Ours is one of two issues of this edition: Page 159 is numbered correctly and leaf G7 is signed C7.
"In four letters dated between 24 July and 20 August 1783, the Abbe Mably comments on the American approach to government as reflected in the constitutions of the thirteen states, and, more specifically, in those of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Georgia. Replying to John Adams 'in accordance with your desire,' he offers advice on a national constitution, urging a loose federation rather than a strong central government and warning against excessive democracy. The work is dedicated to Adams, who was then minister plenipotentiary at the Hague" [Cohen].
FIRST EDITION. Howes M5aa. Cohen 2761. Sabin 42923. Item #35258