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[Johnson, Samuel]
Taxation No Tyranny; an Answer to the Resolutions and Address of the American Congress
London: Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, 1775. Second edition, printed within a few days of the first impression. Half-title present. [A]2, B-M4, N2. Pp. [i]-[iv], [1]-91, [92, blank]. 1 vols. 8vo. In answer to the colonists' rallying cry of "No taxation without representation," Johnson invokes the notion of virtual representation, and argues that the colonists "are represented ... by the same virtual representation as the greater part of England." Todd notes "two issues or editions closely resembling each other, but readily distinguishable by the press figures ... E, F, I and K are of the same setting as the first edition, the remainder are reset". The two issues were printed within a few days of each other. Fleeman conjectures that G and L are also possibly of the same setting, and describes the process of "readjustment of type pages". He also notes, "It is striking that almost twice as many copies survive of [the third edition] from a run of 500, than are found of 75.3TT/2 from a run of 1,000.". Adams 75-69b; Chapman & Hazen, p. 152; Courtney & Smith, p. 125; Fleeman 75.3/2; Reese, Revolutionary 100, no. 26; Rothschild 1258, 1259; Sabin 36303; Todd, "Concealed Editions of Samuel Johnson." The Book Collector, 1953, II, p. 59. Full period calf, spine gilt, with marbled endsheets. Some soiling to half title, small paper flaw at H3. Attractive copy.
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller [USA]

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