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Constitutions]: [Wilson, Louis Dicken]
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW: COMPRISING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE; THE ARTICLES OF CONFEDERATION; THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES; AND THE CONSTITUTIONS OF THE SEVERAL STATES COMPOSING THE UNION.
Gales and Seaton, Washington City, 1819. [4],360pp. 12mo. Contemporary tree calf, spine ruled in gilt, gilt morocco label. Three small areas of loss to spine, small area of spine label rubbed away, edges and corners noticeably worn. Minor dampstaining, occasional tanning, scattered foxing throughout text. Ownership signatures on fly-leaf and titlepage (see below). Overall, about very good. In a folding cloth case, gilt morocco label. First edition of this important early compilation of America's constitutions, the first to fully collect the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, the federal Constitution, the charter of Rhode Island and the constitutions of twenty states - a "natural history of democratic communities" - including the new 1818 constitutions of Connecticut and Illinois. This copy comes with notable provenance, having once belonged to North Carolina politician, merchant, military officer, and education reformer Louis Dicken Wilson (1789- 1847). In addition to representing his county in the North Carolina General Assembly, Wilson served as a notary public, judge, state senator, the Tarboro town tax collector, delegate to the 1834-35 North Carolina state constitutional convention, general in the U.S. Army, trustee of the University of North Carolina, and early supporter of the public school movement, where he also advocated for the education of free African Americans. Wilson died of yellow fever in the spring of 1847, just before he was scheduled to lead his men into battle during the Mexican-American War. His signatures on the fly-leaf are d … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]
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