Nov 25, 2014 - Sale 2368

Sale 2368 - Lot 97

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
(CONSTITUTION.) [Lee, Richard Henry.] Observations Leading to a Fair Examination of the System of Government, Proposed by the Late Convention. 8vo, stitched; minor wear and foxing; uncut; faint ink marks and early owner's signature on title page. [New York], 1777 [1787]

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First issue, with the incorrect date. "A leading attack on the proposed Constitution. Lee feared the proposed government would degenerate into a bureaucracy, eventually into an aristocracy; he favored the individual states occupying the status of practically independent republics, loosely joined for such conveniences as foreign affairs, defense and coinage"--Howes L216. "These Observations were to the Anti-Federalists what The Federalist was to the supporters of the Constitution"--Streeter sale II:1043 (the last known copy at auction, in 1967). Evans 20454; Sabin 39784.