DEMOCRACY UNVEILED; OR, TYRANNY STRIPPED OF THE GARB OF PATRIOTISM

Christopher Caustic [Thomas Green Fessenden]

Published by David Carlisle, for the Author, 1805
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5 x 8 in. Title pg., Contents pg., Preface (to viii) and 220 pgs of text. Original publisher's paper boards with marbled paper and printed spine titles and decoration. Condition is GOOD+ ; hinges show cracks but the sewn binding is holding well and the front board just a little loose. Spine has a vertical split to the paper solely, and loss at both ends. The text is bright and unmarked, with some light foxing at the edges. Fessenden was highly critical of Jefferson, expressing his views here in verse. Rare. RGR. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: DEMOCRACY UNVEILED; OR, TYRANNY STRIPPED OF ...
Publisher: David Carlisle, for the Author
Publication Date: 1805
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good +
Edition: First edition.

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Christopher Caustic (pseud. Thomas Green Fessenden)
Published by I. Riley 1805/6, New York (1805)
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Book Description I. Riley 1805/6, New York, 1805. Leather_bound. Condition: Fair. Thick small 8vo. in original full calf. The "Third Edition, with Large Additions", so stated on the title page. Two volumes bound in one; Vol. 1 dated 1806 and Vol 2. dated 1805. xxiv + 179 pp. and 236 pp. with errata page for V1 and 2, index and final unpaginated errata page. A binding copy, spine very worn and with loss head and foot, rear board detached. Embrowning and foxing to the prelims and first 12 pages of the text. 1820 ownership signature at the head of each title page, another somewhat later ownership signature front free endpaper and bookplate front pastedown. The author notes in his Introduction to The Third Edition that ".the additions made to this impression. doubled the size of the work." . Considered a key work of the American Federalist period, a bitter, pro-Federalist satirical epic poem that attacked Jeffersonian democracy as well as Jefferson personally (he brings up his dalliance with his slave Sally Hemings) and taking issue with, among other things, Jefferson's "Notes On Virginia", the United States' failure to take up arms against France, the writings of Thomas Paine, etc. . The book went to three edition within a year of its first appearance. Seller Inventory # E15719

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Fessenden, Thomas Green]: Caustic, Christopher [pseud]:
Published by New York: Printed for I. Riley & Co., . (1806)
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Book Description New York: Printed for I. Riley & Co., ., 1806. Two volumes. xxiv,179;238,[1]pp. Contemporary calf, leather label. Significant wear and scuffing to binding extremities, leather quite dry. Old library label. Scattered foxing. Good plus copy. Styled the "third edition, with large additions," on titlepage, after the first two editions of the year before. An eccentric collection of satirical verse against Jefferson. ".the most celebrated and virulent assault on Jefferson and the minor Democratic leaders, coarse and libelous to a degree not tolerable today" - DAB. SABIN 24212. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 24212. GAINES 355. BRINLEY SALE 6857. DAB VI, pp.347-48. Seller Inventory # WRCAM 23209

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Fessenden, Thomas Green]: Caustic, Christopher [pseud]:
Published by Boston: Printed by David Carlisle, . (1805)
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Book Description Boston: Printed by David Carlisle, ., 1805. viii,220pp. Original boards, printed paper spine. Covers detached, spine chipped and cracked. Untrimmed. Internally clean. Very good. An eccentric collection of satirical verse against Jefferson. ".the most celebrated and virulent assault on Jefferson and the minor Democratic leaders, coarse and libelous to a degree not tolerable today" - DAB. SABIN 24212. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 8437. DAB VI, pp.347-48. WEGELIN 957. Seller Inventory # WRCAM 25117

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