London: C. Dilly, 1787.
[ii], xxxi, , 3-392 pages. 8vo, neatly rebound in black pebbled cloth with red leather spine label. London: Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry, 1787. First English edition. Light scattered foxing throughout, heavier on title and first several pages, still a near fine copy of this landmark book. Complete in itself, this first volume was issued separately, and two subsequent volumes were published later in 1787 and 1788.
The work comprises an important series of letters from the American patriot and second President, defending the U.S. Constitution from European criticisms of the doctrine of legislative balance. Adams compares the constitutions of the various states of the Union, and of the Union itself, with those of foreign countries and ancient cultures. Adams wrote these works while Minister to Britain, admiring their parliamentary system, but praising the U.S. Constitution as "admirably calculated to preserve the Union". -- Howes A-60; Sabin 234
Condition: Near Fine