London: Printed for John Wheble in Pater Noster Row, 1771. Third edition. Hardcover. Duodecimo. (4), viii, (8) 247, (2) 224pp. Original calf with gilt ruling and lettering on black label of spine, blind-stamped Fleurs de Lille and raised bands. Engraved title page, dedication to the English Nation and three advertisements for the respective editions.
Junius is the pseudonym of an 18th century writer who's objective was to inform the English public not just of their rights and liberties but also how the government had infringed upon those rights. The two volumes contains 56 letters starting with the letter dated January 21st, 1769, to January 2nd, 1772. An extract of of the letter to John Wilkes, Esq., dated 7th of September 1771 at rear of volume 2. The identity behind the pseudonym is open to debate until now and speculations as to the historical reference behind the choice include the Roman patriot Lucius Junius Brutus, who was instrumental in the overthrow of the Roman monarchy of 509 BC.
Some wear along edges of binding with small chips, light scuffing and light soiling on back cover of volume 2. Names of previous owners inked to both title pages. Minor, sporadic foxing and age toning of blocks. Binding in overall good+, interior in very good condition. g+ to vg. Item #42888