AMERICAN Colonies, Stamp Act, and other subjects, by WILKES, BUTE, PITT and others. - J. ALMON (publisher).
A New and Impartial Collection of Interesting Letters, from the Public Papers; many of them Written by Persons of Eminence, On a great Variety of Important Subjects, which have occasionally engaged the Public Attention: From the Accession of his present Majesty, in September 1760, to May 1767. London: printed for J. Almon, 1767. 2 volumes, 8vo (8 ¼ x 5ins; 209 x 128mm). Pp. [i-] viii, [1-] 358; [i-ii, i-] ii, [3-] 320. Contemporary lightly speckled sheep, spines in six compartments with raised bands, red morocco labels in the second, the vol. number in gilt applied directly in the third (spines damaged, see images). Provenance: Sir Edmund Antrobus, bart. (of Antrobus Hall, Cheshire, d. 1826, armorial bookplate).
First edition thus, issue with the corrected title (presumably the second issue): a rare work on the market with no copies sold, and one poor-condition ex-library copy for sale. According to Sabin this set “Contains numerous articles on America, and is a useful addition to Almon’s “Remembrancer.” Adams notes that “American taxation and trade are discussed)”, see pp.118-148 in vol.II.
The ‘advertisement’ in vol.I notes that a similar work, covering the period to 1765. was published ‘a few years ago in small volumes … That collection has for some time been entirely out of print; and being frequently asked for, has induced the editor to offer it again to the public; but with such Additions, as the subsequent occurrences, not only made necessary, but must render the work particularly useful and estimable. These are the letters on the several late changes of administration, on the taxation of the colonies, the dearness of provisions, and a variety of other interesting subjects. And in order to form something like a series of the whole, this collection begins with the accession of his present majesty; and throughout the first volume, several papers which had been omitted in the former work, are inserted in their proper places. In a word, justice to the argument, and impartiality to the cause, have been the guides by which this collection has been made.” (the present work, vol. I, pp. iii-iv). This work is complete in two volumes (as here) but as the ‘advertisement’ at the end of vol.II notes: ‘this collection … is continued in a new work, entitled the Political Register, published monthly…’
Adams I, 67.10; ESTC T-130771; cf. Sabin 52446 (issue with incorrect accession date for the accession of the King, ‘1765’. Sabin makes no mention of this issue with the correct date).