Publisher: Philadelphia: Printed for P. Byrne, 1803.
Edition: First American edition.
Bibliographical References: American Bibliography 4914; see under Sabin 65514.
Condition: Edges rubbed and a little chipped; hinges starting, but sound; very good copy.
Book ID: 28490
Description2 vols, 8vo, contemporary tree-calf, red morocco spine labels, gilt rules and lettering. Two folding frontispieces. Four pages of publisher's terminal ads in volume one.
Comments71 lectures on history by Joseph Priestley, a work previously published in England, but issued here in its first American edition, with the addition of the first appearance of his 20-page lecture on the American Constitution, a document he greatly admired. Priestley was living in Pennsylvania when this edition was published. Lane Library Association printed rules on the front paste-downs; holograph ownership notations of the Young Gentleman's Society, dated Feb., 1808, on the front blanks, with an additional notation as to the price they paid for the volumes ($4.00??) below which is the Dickinson College Library Guild bookplate. Dickinson College also put their round embossed stamp in the margin of page 51 (E2) of each volume. Dickson College confirmed that they deaccessioned this and other Priestley duplicates. The frontispieces are Priestley's A Specimen of a Chart of Biography and A Specimen of a New Chart of History, both designed by him and engraved by H. W. Weston.