New York, then Philadelphia: T & J Swords, then T. Dobson, 1797. First American edition. 8vo, xxxii, 433 pp, 539 pp. Each volume bound in full calf with gilt-ruled compartments to spine, and the titles printed in gilt on red morroco spine labels. Ownership signature of Ann P. Jackson to first blank, with a pencilled note indicating that she was sister to C. T. Jackson.
The first American edition of one of the most prescient and unusual works published in the 18th century, a work that anticipated evolutionary theory, the practical use of electricity, and the importance of aircraft in war, among other subjects.
Paper lightly toned within, with some occasional tidemarking, and some staining to the edges of the text block. A very good set. Item #27838