Sammelband of twenty-five 18th-century editions of Burke's writings, including seven first editions.London: 1780-1800 Stock Code: 141267
NotesA substantial collection comprising twenty-five early editions of Burke's writings, published between 1780 and 1800, of which six are true first editions (rising to 12 if Todd's first editions, later impressions/issues are counted). The collection aptly illustrates the wide-ranging nature of Burke's political polemics, and indeed the market for them, with even seemingly minor works often undergoing several editions. Burke is best known for his great exposition of conservative thought, Reflections on the Revolution in France (here represented in the eleventh edition) but much of his other political writing was on the side of reform and incensed his Tory opponents. He advocated free trade, opposed slavery, championed Parliament against the king, supported the American rebels, stood up for the rights of the Irish, and held to account the British exploitation of India, the last of particular interest in this instance, with the collection put together and specially bound for one S. A. H. Musawi, and containing two pamphlets on the Indian question. Burke's great work on aesthetics, An Essay on the Sublime and Beautiful, is present in its tenth edition. The collection also includes a first edition of James Mackintosh's A Discourse on the Study of The Law of Nature and Nations, 1799.
i. A Letter from Edmund Burke, Esq; One of the Representatives in Parliament for the City of Bristol, to John Farr and John Harris, Esqrs, Sheriffs of that City, on the Affairs of America. The Fourth Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1777. Todd 28e - in fact first edition, second issue with cancel title (replacing Bristol with London imprint).
ii) Two Letters from Mr. Burke to Gentlemen in the City of Bristol, on the Bills Depending in Parliament Relative to the Trade of Ireland. The Second Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1778. Todd 29b - in fact first edition, second impression.
iii) A Vindication of Natural Society: Or, A View of the Miseries and Evils arising to Mankind from every Species of Artificial Society. In a Letter to Lord ****. By a late Noble Writer. The Third Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1780. Todd 3f.
iv) A Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. at the Guildhall, in Bristol, Previous to the late Election in that City, upon Certain Points Relative to his Parliamentary Conduct. The Fifth Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1782. Todd 39e.
v) A Representation to his Majesty, moved in the House of Commons, by the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, and seconded by William Windham, Esquire, on Monday, June 14, 1784, and negatived. With a Preface and Notes. A New Edition. London: Printed for J. Derrett, 1785. Todd 4db (second edition).
vi) Mr. Burke's Speech, on the Motion Made for Papers relative to the Directions for Charging the Nabob of Arcot's Private Debts to Europeans, on the Revenues of the Carnatic. February 28th, 1785. With an Appendix, containing several Documents. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1785. Todd 47a, first edition.
vii) Substance of the Speech of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, in the Debate on the Army Estimates, in the House of Commons, On Tuesday, the 9th Day of February, 1790. Comprehending a discussion of the present situation of affairs in France. The Fourth Edition. Todd 52d.
viii) A Third Letter to a Member of the Present Parliament, on the Proposals for Peace with the Regicide Directory of France. London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, 1797. Todd 71a (first edition).
ix) A Letter from the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, M. P. in the Kingdom of Great Britain, to Sir Hercules Langrishe, Bart. M.P. on the subject of Roman Catholics of Ireland, and the Propriety of admitting them to the elective franchise, consistently with the principles of the constitution as established at the Revolution. The second edition, corrected. London: Printed for J. Debrett, 1792. Todd 59d (his first London edition, second impression, following the true first Dublin edition).
x) Mr. Burke's Speech, on the 1st December 1783, upon the Question for the Speaker's Leaving the Chair, in order for the house to resolve itself into a committee on Mr. Fox's East India Bill. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1784. Todd 44a, first edition.
xi) A Letter from the Right Honourable Edmund Burke to a Noble Lord, on the Attacks Made Upon Him and His Pension, in the House of Lords, by the Duke of Bedford and the Early of Lauderdale, Early in the present Sessions of Parliament. London: Printed for J. Owen, 1796. Todd 65a, first edition.
xii) Two Letters Addressed to a Member of the Present Parliament, on the Proposals for Peace with the Regicide Directory of France. By the right Hon. Edmund Burke. London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, 1796. Todd 66d, his first authorized edition, first impression, third issue.
xiii) Thoughts on the Prospect of a Regicide Peace, in a series of Letters. London: Printed for J. Owen, 1796. Todd 66a, the first pirated edition, preceding the above.
xiv) A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. With an Introductory Discourse concerning Taste, and several other Additions. A New Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1787. Todd 5j (tenth edition overall).
xv) Two Letters on the Conduct of our Domestick Parties, with regard to French Politicks; including 'Observations on the conduct of the minority, in the session of M.DCC.XCIII'. By the Late Right Hon. Edmund Burke. London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, 1797. Todd 70a (first edition).
xvi) Thoughts and Details on Scarcity, Originally Presented to the Right Hon. William Pitt, in the Month of November 1795. By the Late Right Honourable Edmund Burke. The Third Edition. London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, 1800. Todd 74c (his first edition, third impression).
xvii) Three Memorials on French Affairs. Written in the Years 1791, 1792 and 1793. By the Late Right Hon. Edmund Burke. London: Printed for F. and C. Rivington, 1797. Todd 69b (first edition, second impression.
xviii) Thoughts on the Causes of the Present Discontents. The Sixth Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1784. Todd 17f.
xix) Observations on a Late State of the Nation. The Fifth Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1782. Todd 16e.
xx) Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. On American Taxation, April 19, 1774. The fourth edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1783. Todd 24f.
xxi) Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. Member of Parliament for the City of Bristol, on presenting to the House of Commons (on the 11th of February, 1780) a Plan for the Better Security of the Independence of Parliament, and the Oeconomical Reformation of the Civil and Other Establishments. A New Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1780. Todd 33g.
xxii) Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. on Moving his Resolutions for Conciliation with the Colonies, March 22, 1775. The Third Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1784. Todd 25e.
xxiii) Reflections on the Revolution in France, and on the proceedings in certain societies in London relative to that event. In a Letter intended to have been sent to a Gentleman in Paris. By the Right Honourable Edmund Burke. The Eleventh Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1791. Todd 53n (his third edition, ninth impression).
xxiv) A Letter from Mr. Burke, to a Member of the National Assembly; in answer to some objections to his book on French affairs. The Fourth Edition. Paris, Printed, and London re-printed for J. Dodsley, 1791. Todd 54g (first London edition, fourth impression.
xxv) An Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs, in Consequence of Some Late Discussions in Parliament, Relative to the Reflections on the French Revolution. The Third Edition. London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1791. Todd 56c (his first edition, third impression).
7 volumes, octavo (202 x 127 mm). Late 19th/early 20th-century half calf, twin red morocco title and owner labels to spines alongside unlettered central black morocco label, red cloth sides, black cloth hinge supports.
Ownership signature dated 1903 to front free endpapers; a few contemporary annotations sometimes cropped. One item alone defective with Two Letters Addressed to a Member of The Present Parliament with the final signature bound upside down and lacking the last lea (this also the only duplicated item) in the collection. The leather dry and dusty (protected with acetate sleeves), but all joints and hinges strong, firm in bindings; contents generally clean with some foxing, repairs to title of Reflections on the Revolution in France; a sound set.
Todd 28e, 29b, 3f, 39e, 46b, 47a, 52d, 71a, 59d, 44a, 65a, 66d, 66a, 70a, 74c, 69b, 5j, 53n, 54g, 56c, 17f, 16e, 24f, 33g, 25e.
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