12mo, pp. [viii], 175,  blank; with five engraved plates; wanting frontispiece portrait of Prince George, sometimes present; title-page somewhat dustsoiled, similarly corners of first few leaves, but otherwise, aside from some odd spotting, clean and fresh; with manuscript note on front free endpaper (dated 1915) and on verso of final leaf (dated 1820), and faint contemporary ownership signatures on p. iii, and p.1, dated 1795; in later cloth, skiver label on spine; somewhat sunned and worn.
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Lessons to a young prince, by an old statesman, on the present disposition in Europe to a general revolution. The fifth edition, with the addition of a lesson on the mode of studying and profiting by reflections on the French revolution, by the right honourable Edmund Burke.
First Dublin edition of this popular introduction to practical political philosophy by the Welsh polemicist, educationalist, and philosopher David Williams (1738–1816).
Lessons, first published in London in 1790, functions both as an attack on Burke (made more explicit from the third edition on by the addition of the final lesson) and as a guide to different types of constitution: Williams in particular illustrates, using helpful diagrams, the constitutional structures of Britain, the United States, and France, writing with a degree of sympathy for the revolution in France, whose citizenship he took the following year.
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