|Memoirs of the
American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Volume I, parts I-III. Boston:
Adams and Nourse, 1785. Quarto, original publisher's drab boards and
paper spine. $1450.
First edition of the first
volume of the Memoirs one of the United States's most important
and influential intellectual societies.
"The Academy was
founded during the American Revolution by John Adams, James Bowdoin,
John Hancock, and other leaders who contributed prominently to the
establishment of the new nation, its government, and its Constitution.
Its purpose was to provide a forum for a select group of scholars,
members of the learned professions, and government and business
leaders to work together on behalf of the democratic interests of the
republic. In the words of the Academy's charter, enacted in 1780, the
'end and design of the institution is... to cultivate every art and
science which may tend to advance the interest, honour, dignity, and
happiness of a free, independent, and virtuous people.'" (American
Academy of the Arts and Sciences website: amacad.org). The first
volume of the Academy's Memoirs, published in 1785, contains
scholarly articles on an astonishing breadth of subjects including
physics, mathematics, astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, mechanics,
agriculture, and industry.
In addition to the
founders, the membership list includes some of the most renowned men
of the day including Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Warren,
Joseph Priestley, and many others. The American Academy is still
active today, serving as a highly respected international society of
scholars. Complete with six folding plates. Chips to spine ends, text
generally clean with only scattered foxing and occasional browning;
significant browning and offsetting to plates (as often). Evans 18900.
Sabin 1034. Rare in original boards.