First Edition. Very Good. Item #5581
London: Printed for the Editor and sold by A. Millar, 1753. First Edition. Octavo; [ii], 531pp. Later brown cloth-covered boards with leather spine and gilt lettering. Missing frontispiece portrait of author. Boards bumped at corners and scuffed down joints, with some general light smudging to cloth. Dampstain to top corner and outer margin of pages through first half, mostly light but darker on a few pages, and not involving text. Pages otherwise clean and unmarked. Binding is sound.
Bookplates on front pastedown of journalist William Safire, and of William Arthur, Sixth Duke of Portland (1857-1943), a British landowner and politician who served as Master of the Horse for Queen Victoria and King Edward VII. As with other books, Safire has clipped and laid in back clippings from bookseller's catalogs with descriptions of other copies of the book.
Bolingbroke was a Tory leader who was accused of treason and forced to flee the country for his support of the Jacobite Rebellion, though he was later pardoned and able to return. His works were greatly influential on many of the American founders, especially Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and John Adams, the latter of whom claimed to have read Bolingbroke's works five times. [ETSC N2688; Kress 5246].