[STAMP ACT] - PITT, William (1708-1778)
Paris: Chez J.W. Imprimeur, 1766. 8vo. , 18pp. Small repair to verso of titlepage, light occasional foxing. Lacks half title.
Late 19th-century three-quarter maroon morocco and marbled boards, spine gilt, decorative gilt rules on boards, marbled endpapers.
Provenance: William L. Clements (bookplate)
William Pitt argues against the Stamp Act, from the library of William Clements.
The second edition (published the same year as the first) of a scarce work containing extracts from William Pitt's speeches in the House of Commons arguing against the Stamp Act, an important entry in the debate. Pitt begins his address to the House of Commons with this question: "There is an idea in some [minds] that the colonies are virtually represented in the house. I would fain know by whom an American is represented here?" Pitt concludes his remarks with "Upon the whole, I will beg to leave to tell the house...that the Stamp Act be repealed absolutely, totally, and immediately...because it was founded on an erroneous principle...that of taking their money out of their pockets without their consent!" This copy once belonged to renowned book collector William L. Clements, who gave his collection to the University of Michigan, along with the funds to build its rare book library.
Sabin 63761; American Independence 41b; American Controversy 66-14b.