viii, 656pp. errata leaf. 8vo, contemporary calf, leather label, covers scuffed, some pages with pencil marks in margins. Fredericksburg: Green and Cady, 1814. First edition. This book " `deserves to rank among the two or three really historic contributions to political science which have been produced in the United States'(Beard, post, p. 323)...The American government, he (Taylor) explained, was one of divided powers, not classes, and its agents were responsible to the sovereign people alone. The great danger to democracy lay in consolidation and in the creation of an aristocracy of `paper and patronage. '" DAB XVIII, p. 332. Taylor, the Virginia patriot, "presents the contemporary political ideas of the agrarian South." Howes T-63. S&S 32910.