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(AMERICAN REVOLUTION--HISTORY.) Price, Richard. Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution. 87,  pages. 8vo, disbound; minor dampstaining on top edge; early owner's signature on title page. Boston: Powars and Willis, 1784
Estimate $400 - 600
first american edition of a tract by an ardent British supporter of America. Price congratulates the victorious former colonists, stating that the Revolution "opens a new prospect in human affairs, and begins a new era in the history of mankind." Originally intended only to be published in America; the threat of a pirated British edition prompted a London 1784 edition which preceded this one. A long letter from the French economist Anne Robert Jacques Turgot, supporting Price's conclusions, appears as an appendix. Evans 18739; Howes P585; Sabin 65449. Provenance: from the stock of Ernest Wessen's Midland Books; see his 1947 catalogue #38, item 235.