• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 196

    [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. OTIS, James (1725-1783). The Rights Of The British Colonies Asserted And Proved. Boston: Edes & Gill, 1764.

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    [AMERICAN REVOLUTION]. OTIS, James (1725-1783). The Rights Of The British Colonies Asserted And Proved. Boston: Edes & Gill, 1764.

    8o (196 x 120 mm). (Title-page backed with Japanese tissue, a few leaves reinforced along gutter with Japanese tissue, some occasional minor browning.) Modern quarter morocco, marbled boards.

    FIRST EDITION of the first major political statement from the American colonies after the end of the French and Indian War and the opening of the political dispute that only ended with American Independence. "The Rights is a closely reasoned statement of the constitutional position of the colonies in the single Commonwealth that Otis believed the British Empire to be. In it were developed the principles...to which Otis remained faithful while he kept his reason." The pamphlet was written against the new Sugar Revenue Act of 1764, the first of the onerous new taxes levied on the American colonies to offset the high cost of the recent war with the French. American Controversy 64-15a; American Independence 4a; Evans 9773; Howes O-147 ("of great influence on colonial thought"); Sabin 57866; Streeter II:735.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of H. Richard Dietrich, Jr.