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JONES, Samuel.

A Treatise on the Right of Suffrage, with an Appendix.

Boston: Otis, Broaders and Company, 1842 Stock Code: 137463
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"A bold and fearless assertion of unpalatable truth"

First and only edition of this early American treatise on suffrage, intending "to present to the public the principles on which the right of suffrage is founded, and by which the exercise of that right out to be regulated No work is now before the public, in which the subject has been fully examined and reduced to its true principles" (preface, p. 3). The New York Review called it "a bold and fearless assertion of unpalatable truth, on the most important of all political questions our author's sentiments on these subjects are all unpopular - he swims not with the current; on the contrary, he is for dragging 'up stream' our vessel of state" (vol. X, 1842, p. 486). Little is known about the Massachusetts politician Samuel Jones (1778-1862); he graduated from Yale College in 1800 and practised law in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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Octavo. Original dark green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, spine and boards panelled in blind, boards with elaborate floral centrepieces blocked in blind, brown endpapers.


With the errata slip bound in after the final page. Spine ends and corners gently bumped with a touch of wear, a few faint marks to cloth, book block edges spotted; contents generally clean with occasional foxing and light marks, pencilled square brackets to one sentence of preface. A very good copy in the original decorative cloth.


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