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History of the Colonies Planted by the English - MARSHALL John - 1824. 
1824 - MARSHALL, John. A History of the Colonies Planted by the English on the Continent of North America, from Their Settlement, to the Commencement of that War Which Terminated in Their Independence. Philadelphia: Abraham Small, 1824. Octavo, contemporary full calf; pp. xv, -486. Housed in a custom three-quarter morocco clamshell box. $20,000.First edition of this separately issued revision of the introductory portion of Chief Justice John Marshall's esteemed Life of Washington, adding considerable material, and covering the history of the American colonies to the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775. Very scarce presentation copy inscribed by Marshall to his sister, Jane: "For Jane Taylor, From her affectionate brother, The Author."In general its accuracy, and in all parts its fairness, are unimpeachable" (Larned). Marshall's five-volume Life of Washington, first published 1804-07, in the early years of his tenure as Chief Justice, "is political history as well as biography". the only comprehensive account by a great statesman of the full founding of the United States""of the founding of an independent people as well as of its government". There is no other concentrated history of the essentials by such an authority on American institutions" (Robert K. Faulkner). "Most of Marshall's great constitutional opinions occurred between 1810 and 1824, years in which the Court enjoyed remarkable stability and harmony. Although by 1811 five Republican appointees had joined Marshall on the bench, party affiliations among the justices were virtually meaningless. The Court's internal unity, fostered by the chief justice's effective leadership and by agreement on basic values embodied in the Constitution, was the precondition of its rise to preeminence as the guardian of the fundamental law and the umpire of the American federal system" (ANB). Howes M316. Sabin 44787. Larned 866. Recipient Jane Marshall (1779-1866) married George Keith Taylor (1769-1815), a prominent Petersburg, Virginia lawyer and politician and a descendant of the Rev. George Keith. Taylor served as a federal judge from 1801-02 and is considered to be the father of Virginia's penitentiary system. Jane Taylor played a significant role in founding the Female Orphan Asylum in Petersburg, the first establishment of its kind in the area.Archival repair to verso of flyleaf with inscription. Light tanning and foxing, some faint dampstaining. Spine, boards and corners worn. A very good copy of this relatively scarce title from the famed jurist with a wonderful association and presentation inscription. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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