16 December 2004
[COOPER, Samuel (1725-1783)]. The Crisis. Scire volunt, secreta domus atque inde timeri. [Boston]: Printed in June 1754.
8o (178 x 109 mm). 8 leaves. Disbound; blue quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: Otto Orren Fisher (bookplate in slipcase).
FIRST EDITION of this scarce denunciation of the Massachusetts Excise Bill to raise money for the French-Canadian campaign. The work was probably printed by Daniel Fowle, for on the final leaf is the advertisement for "The Monster of Monsters," a satire upon the Excise Bill which Fowle was supposed to have printed and for which he was arrested and jailed. When Fowle was freed he moved to Portsmouth and founded the first press in New Hampshire.
"It was not a mild protest as shown by the following: 'The Pulse of Liberty at this critical Conjuncture beats high in all Ranks ... those, whose Inclinations never prompted them to drink either Wine or Rum have for the pure Love of Liberty, joined the general Voice, and with one Consent, endevour'd to chase the deformed M-st-r back to the Den of Arbitrary Power...'. The final page carries an announcement of the publication of The Monster of Monsters, for the printing of which Daniel Fowle, later New Hampshire's first printer, was arrested" (Streeter II:684). Evans 7176; Kress 8970, 3-1; Sabin 16599; Staton & Tremaine/TPL 756. Evans 7176; Howes C-762; Kress 8970; Sabin 16599. RARE.
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