Boston; 1850 and 1856: Little, Brown and Co. / Boston, Charles C. Little and James Brown. Octavo. Item #027707
In 10 volumes. One of the important sources on the daily life of the young John Adams as well as his early desire to master many subjects ranging from Latin and Greek, which were costly even in the 1770's by contemporary standards. He was determined to buy them much to the frustration of Abigail (see McCullough's biography of John Adams). Here are many of the documents and small political publications he issued. His grandson, Charles Francis Adams, has done an admirable job in compiling the best sources available at the time, though at times, he clearly omits some negatives. This work is among the most widely quoted on the life of John Adams. The first two chapters of volume one were taken from the fragment of a biography left by the late John Quincey Adams. It appears to have been written by him during the summer of 1829, just after the close of his official term as President of the United States. This work includes Adam’s autobiography, diary, papers that include subjects such as; Notes of a debate in the Senate of the United States, Dissertation on the canon and the feudal law, on the independence of the judiciary; a controversy between W. Brattle and J. Adams, 1773, Report of a constitution or form of government for the commonwealth of Massachusetts, Defense of the constitutions, Discourses on Davila, a series of papers on political history, Correspondence originally published in the Boston patriot, Three letters to Roger Sherman on the Constitution of the United States. Roger Sherman to John Adams, in reply. And, so much more important subjects. Among various previous owners are James R. Hubbell and William Carey Jones (possibly the controversial professor at UC Berkeley as well as a key person in the political affairs of Berkeley in the 1880's. If so, he was a great grandnephew of General Joseph Warren who fell at Bunker Hill. In any case, to find all 10 volumes in the original binding is unusual. All volumes bound in dark brown embossed cloth, spines lettered and ruled in gilt which have been expertly rebacked with original spines laid down, new endpapers to some of the volumes, ocassional scattered foxing, some damp staining on the first few pages (viii) of volume II, some off-setting from plates. References call for only 7 frontispieces which are all present here as well as all half-titles present.