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George Mason signed, initialed, & stamped 1741 John Locke "An Essay on Human Understanding" (vol 1), front cover detached (George Mason 1725- 1792 was an American patriot Delegate to the US Constitutional Convention,& one of three delegates who refused to sign the Constitution) The signature & letter G especially are visually similar to known samples, but this book has not been certified. Complicating the matter is that George Mason would be 17 years old in 1741, making it a very early signature. The book also bears the name of Captain James Hines or Huse (James Huse, Jr. 1744- 1829 Enfield, NH) inside back cover, if Huse, it places the book on the North American Continent. Imagining a young George Mason reading John Locke is a fascinating historical vignette. "From the writings of English Enlightenment philosopher John Locke (1632-1704), Mason had come to a then-radical insight: that a republic had to begin with the formal, legally binding commitment that individuals had inalienable rights that were superior to any government." (Stephan A Schwartz, Smithsonian magazine, April 30, 2000)
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George Mason signed 1741 John Locke

Estimate $1,000 - $2,000Mar 20, 2020
Starting Price $500
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