Presidents’ Day began as a holiday to mark the birthday of the Father of Our Country, first President George Washington. It was later expanded to include the beloved 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. They’re most certainly worthy recipients of a holiday, but we’re thinking it’s time to also give a little love to Father George’s successor, second Prez John Adams. (Especially since he got cut from the hit musical Hamilton.)
And what better way to honor John Adams than to show off a first edition copy of this important 1787 book explaining his theories of the government of this country?
A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America
1787, London. Printed for C. Dilly, in the Poultry
First Edition. In original binding.
$10,000Adams intended to write a single volume. The first, published in London, was so successful that Adams was encouraged to write a second volume and then a third. The book promotes a mixed government in which “the rich, the well-born and the able” are separated into a senate, unable to dominate a lower house of representatives.
This copy, available at our South Arlington store, is in remarkable condition, considering its age and historical importance. The book is fragile but complete. There is an owner inscription from 1787 and a presentation inscription from 1909.
Interested in purchasing this piece of American history or learning more about it? Contact the Buy Guy!