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Priestley on principles of government 1768  

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An essay on the first principles of government; and on the nature of political, civil, and religious liberty
Priestley, Joseph
Dublin, Ireland
Printed for James Williams

xii, 214 pp. (12mo) 16.5x9.5 cm (6½x3¾"), period mottled calf, raised spine bands, morocco lettering piece. First Irish Edition.

First Irish edition, and the second overall, from the London edition of the same year. Priestley's first substantial political work, a quintessential expression of his humanitarianism. Priestley argues for a system of education compatible with the liberal political philosophy which he advocates not only as a matter of morality but as a prerequisite of social progress. Priestley is today best remembered for his  isolation of "dephlogisticated air" (oxygen), but his determination to defend phlogiston theory left him isolated within the scientific community. His outspoken support of the French Revolution aroused public and governmental suspicion; he was eventually forced to flee in 1791, first to London and then to the United States, after a mob burned down his home and church. He spent the last ten years of his life living in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

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Rubbing to extremities, spine head chipped; faint darkening to some pages within, very good or better.
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