A Collection of Five Political Tracts from the Years 1792-1793
ANONYMOUS. Six essays on natural rights, liberty and slavery. consent of the people, equality, religious establishments, the French Revolution, which were greatly approved, and have been in much request since their original appearance in the Public Advertiser. London: Printed for S. Woodfall , 1792.
First edition. [8], 48 pp. We could find no copies at auction and only four are listed at libraries according to ESTC N62745

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ANDERSON, George. A general view of the variations which have been made in the affairs of the East-India Company, since the conclusion of the war, in India, in 1784. By George Anderson. [London], Printed in the Year 1792.

First Edition. [8], 102, [2, blank], [11 folding appendix tables] pp. With half-title and 11 folding appendix tables. There have been no copies at auction since 1978. George Anderson was a colonial official and writer. In 1792 he published this present, highly regarded study as to the condition of Indian trade and finance. ESTC T97303

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[Anonymous, Callender, James T.]. The political progress of Britain; or, an impartial account of the principal abuses in the government of this country, from the revolution in 1688. The Whole tending to prove the ruinous Consequences of the popular System of War and Conquest. Part first. Edinburgh, Printed for Robertson & Berry, 1792.

First edition. 80 pp. We could find no copies at auction in over 50 years. Previous owner's old ink notes on blank verso of title-page. "In February 1792 Callender published in the Edinburgh Bee the first of eight parts of what was to become a very successful pamphlet, The Political Progress of Britain. As an inflammatory critique of imperialism, war, and corruption, with a strong Scottish nationalist flavour, Callender's work rivalled Thomas Paine's in its radicalism. It sold well, although not in the numbers of the Rights of Man." (Oxford DNB). ESTC T43967.

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CARLYLE, Alexander. A sermon on the death of Sir David Dalrymple, Bart. Lord Hailles; from Eccles. VII.3. Preached In the Church of Inveresk, on Sunday the 9th day of December, 1792. By Alexr. Carlyle, D. D. F. R. S. E. Chaplain to His Majesty, & Minister of that Parish. With an address to the congregation suited to the circumstances of the times. Edinburgh, Printed for John Balfour, 1792.

First edition. 33, [1, blank] pp. We could find no copies at auction in over 50 years. ESTC T53279. "[Carlyle was a] Church of Scotland minister and memorialist... During the French Revolution he was equally conservative, in regard both to domestic issues...and to foreign issues such as the war with France, which he exalted as a divinely sanctioned cause and a test of British virtue and resolve in three published sermons [including]: Sermon on the Death of Sir David Dalrymple, Bart. Lord Hailes (1792)." (Oxford DNB).

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Mallet du Pan, M. (Jacques). Considérations sur la nature de la révolution de France, et sur les causes qui en prolongent la durée. A Bruxelles et se trouve a Londres, chez Owen, 1793.

Early edition. viii, 79, [1, table] pp. ESTC T75704. Mallet du Pan was a Swiss journalist who "Published, with the approval of the foreign representatives, a work which was to make a prodigious sensation, and which is still the best know of his writings, his Considerations on the Revolution." (Mallet du Pan and the French revolution by Mallet, Bernard). He is considered a pioneer of modern political journalism.

Octavo (8 1/8 x 4 7/8 inches; 205 x 125 mm). All tracts bound together in contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Some occasional foxing but otherwise very clean. Previous owners old ink notes on front endpapers. Outer hinges cracked but holding. Top of spine chipped. Otherwise, a very good copy.

HBS # 68343 $5,000