The General Introduction and Supplement to the Two Tracts on Civil Liberty, the War with America, and the Finances of the Kingdom
London: T. Cadell, 1778. 8vo. , xxvi, 181-216pp. plus folding table. Minor foxing, small repair to upper margin of folding table.
Modern pale blue wrappers. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt.
Richard Price was a well-known British Presbyterian minister and the author of several notable books about moral philosophy and economics. He was particularly friendly with a number of Americans, and vigorously argued their part in the British debate over colonial taxation and government. Price's "Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty..." was one of the most important pro-American works published as the debate neared its crisis in 1776. It first appeared in February 1776 in London and went through numerous British and American editions. The following year Price produced his "Additional Observations..." as a sequel to the earlier work. "The General Introduction and Supplement..." was published in 1778, and is present here in one of two issues of the first edition. Price used this work to clarify points he made earlier, and to further advance his arguments. Adams notes that it is often found bound up with varying editions of the two earlier works (which explains the pagination), though here it is on its own.
American Controversy 78-88b; Howes P584.