DISSERTATION UPON THE CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. By an Impartial Citizen

(Boston: by David Carlisle for Joseph Nancrede, 1801).

RARE, WE KNOW OF NO OTHER COPY CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET AND ONLY ONE COPY AT AUCTION (1991) IN THE LAST 40 YEARS. There are only 32 copies listed in institutional holdings, several of which belong to Harvard.
The author, an impartial citizen", is attributed to be James Sullivan (April 22, 1744 – December 10, 1808) who was a lawyer and politician in Massachusetts. He was an early associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, served as the state's attorney general for many years, and as governor of the state from 1807 until his death. Being such a well known figure in public service it is understandable why he would have wanted this publication to be anonymous.
When Massachusetts debated ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788, Sullivan was one of a number of Massachusetts politicians who expressed reservations about the document, but generally supported ratification. In the debate he proposed that the convention conditionally adopt the Constitution, subject to Congress considering and acting on a suite of amendments. Item #28476

Rare first edition. 8vo, unbound sheets as printed. 54 pp. Very well preserved with just some of the toning one would anticipate and a few minor occasional spots or small stains.

Price: $1,850.00