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An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pensylvania, from its Origin

London: R. Griffiths, 1759. 8vo. viii, [18], 444pp. Pencil marginalia (trimmed and folded at an early date so as to be preserved and not trimmed off).

Contemporary calf, rebacked to style

Provenance: Walter Charles James, 1st Baron Northbourne (armorial bookplate)

Franklin's arguments against the Pennsylvania Proprietors.

"This book was for many years attributed to Benjamin Franklin, but it was more likely written by his co-agent in London, Richard Jackson, with Franklin's advice. The work was essentially an argument made, in reviewing the history of the province, for the rights of the Assembly over the Proprietors ... The long duel between the Penn faction and the forces allied with the legislature colored Pennsylvania politics throughout the 18th century, finally coming to a head during the American Revolution" (Reese).

Howes P204; Ford 253; Sabin 25512; Reese, Struggle for North America 46.

Item #36269

Price: $1,500.00

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