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An Oration on the Principals of Liberty and Independence. Pronounced July 4 ---- 1808. At the request of a number of the inhabitants of the town of Dedham and its vicinity. In Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence

An Oration on the Principals of Liberty and Independence. Pronounced July 4 —- 1808. At the request of a number of the inhabitants of the town of Dedham and its vicinity. In Commemoration of the Anniversary of American Independence

Richardson, James 8vo pamphlet, printed wrappers, bound with thread. 16 pp. A passionate oration on liberty and independence, and a call to defend American rights against corruption and avarice. Richardson states "In the catalogue of our rights, that of electing our rulers, though in itself a burden, takes a high rank. Responsibility is a barrier to oppression. When rulers are subject to the laws, and responsible for their conduct, and the people vigilant and discerning, the laws will equally protect the rights of all, and the government will be administered with an eye to the public good.But the abuse of this right is almost as dangerous to the public liberty as its loss. The wisdom that discerns, the patriotism that desired, and the spirit and energy that pursued the public good, are essential requisites in a public character. But when a people, poisoned by calumny, and deluded by falsehood, elect to office those who flatter their vanity, inflame their passions, and mislead their judgments, both the public liberty and the public morals are in danger of being destroyed. It is a tenet propagated by the corrupt and ambitious, to establish their power on the ruins of the public liberty." Also included is a tribute to the honorable Fisher Ames; the conclusion cites European examples of collapse. CONDITION: Good with loose binding, toning and foxing as usual, extremities bumped and chipped, 2 cm open tear on center edge of front wrapper.
The Wolfeboro [N. H.] Blue Book. Cyanotype album

The Wolfeboro [N. H.] Blue Book. Cyanotype album

M. C. B. 4to (27 cm) photograph album, hand-painted pictorial cover with blue title and flowers on white cloth, initialed and dated in lower right corner "MCB 1892." 10 leaves plus inside covers with 41 cyanotype photographs of assorted sizes ranging from 1.5" x 2.5" to 3.5" x 4.5". A wonderful cyanotype album assembled by a family located in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, situated in the Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Wentworth region, a noted summer resort area. The album begins with a portrait of the homestead on the inside of the front cover and continues with images of an extended family posing for pictures in formal clothing outside their large house with attached barn: includes children holding pets, sitting in stick-built chairs, swinging in a hammock (maybe the only time the little girl is happy in these photos), enjoying a ride in a wheelbarrow from a man who is likely their father, a brother reading to his clearly disgruntled sister, another brother adjusting his sister's coat, a baby in a pram, a variety of adults posing on the porch, visiting on the lawn and more. Lakeside photos include a boy holding a oar while sitting on rocks with perhaps his mother in a sport cap, children in play clothes exploring the shore, a group of males rowing a boat. A lovely document of life in Wolfeboro in the 1890s, in the bewitching blue tones of the cyanotype. CONDITION: Good, pencil marks and light soiling on wrappers, cloth edges slightly frayed, partially sprung binding with 1 section detached, pages somewhat warped, portions of two photos torn away and lost, pitting and loss to surface of another image.
History of the Siege of Boston

History of the Siege of Boston, and of the Battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. Also, an Account of the Bunker Hill Monument. With illustration documents

Frothingham, Richard Jr. Hardcover. 8vo (23 x 15 cm), rebacked and re-cornered with original cloth laid down, gilt title at spine, gilt medallions on covers. ix, [1], 420 pp., 3 folding maps, numerous illus. including 4 engraved plates. A scarce history of the opening phase of the Revolutionary War. The three maps included are as follows: "A Plan of the Town of Boston with Intrenchments &c. Of His Majestys Forces in 1775 from the Observations of Lieu. Page," 1777, reprinted 1849, (18.25" x 12"), includes the wharfs, shipyards, pastures and low tide information as well as the battle lines; "A Plan of the Action at Bunkers Hill on the 17th of June 1775" (20" x 17"), includes an overlay "No.1" "First Landing" plan (6" x 9") affixed over the (No. 2) "First Landing" plan. Depicted is the Charlestown and Breed's Hill area surrounded by the Mistick and Charles Rivers; and "Boston: With Its Environs in 1775 & 1776" (6.25" x 9") illustrating military positions and geographic features from Cambridge to Chelsea and the Boston Islands. CONDITION: Good, cloth rubbed through along portions of bottom edges of both covers, owner's name stamped on upper cover, ownership label of Dee C. Brown Jr. on paste-down and two ownership stamps on flyleaf, ownership blindstamp on second endpaper , early ownership ink signature on title page, offsetting from maps on several leaves; maps in good condition, bit of tearing where overlay is attached to second map, with one short tape repair.