London: Cadell, 1777. First Edition. 4to. vii, , 151 With the original blanks and half title. Bound in modern calf- backed boards with new end paper, some foxing and toning but generally nice and clean with wide margins. Adams, American Controversy, 77-18a; Howes B-179; Kress B.9; Sabin 3644a. Item #48183
A discussion of the taxation and other economic relations between empire in antiquity as a way of looking at the conflict that was taking place between the US and the UK. "Colonialization is one of the methods which nations, in all ages, have employed to secure their conquests." "At a season when the rebellion of the British colonies in America, one of the greatest events of modern times, engages deeply the attention of the nation ... an author, unknown to the leaders of public measures ... offers to his countrymen a history of colonialization ... His great object has been, to investigate the nature of the connection with subsisted between nations and their colonies; to determine the extent of the jurisdiction the former assumed over the later; but, particularly to ascertain the practice of antiquity with regard to the much controversial article of taxation."