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1774 Gentleman’s Magazine Supplement with Edmund Burke’s “Tea Tax” Speech

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Influential orator Edmund Burke sought to sway the British Parliament toward peace by ending the Tea Tax imposition on the American Colonies which had led to the “Boston Tea Party” in 1773. Burke’s eloquent 4/19/1774 speech is recounted in the offered antique publication which presents in excellent condition with clearly legible text and only minor signs of wear, belying its age of over two hundred years. More on our website.

This historically significant supplement was printed as part of the long running Gentleman’s Magazine periodical. This prestigious publication is considered the first to use the term "magazine". The spine is solid and the pages are clean and supple with only staining and wear to the front page and the edges of this otherwise handsome example.


Hotter heads prevailed in the British debate over taxing the Colonies, paving the path for the American Revolution. The rallying cry of “no taxation without representation" stems directly from this course of events and had Burke’s recommendations been heeded the world could very well be a different place. Enjoy this fascinating example of how history can turn on a point.

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