TAYLOR, John, of Caroline
An Inquiry into the Principles and Policy of the Government of the United States
Fredericksburg: Green and Cady, 1814. 8vo. (8 1/8 x 4 3/4 inches). viii, 656pp. plus errata leaf.
Modern half morocco and 19th-century marbled boards, spine gilt with leather label.
A rare and important work by the great agrarian Libertarian.
The most important work of the Virginia patriot and political theorist, a book of such power that Beard said, "It deserves to rank among the two or three really historic contributions to political science which have been produced in the United States." Taylor urges control over the powers of the executive and claims that the greatest danger to American democracy lies in a monopoly of power built on "paper and patronage." An important and rare work.
Howes T63; Shaw & Shoemaker 32910.