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Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. 3rd Ed. 2 Vols
1858. Commentaries on the Constitution Published Before the Civil War Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. [Bennett, Edmund Hatch, Editor]. Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1858. Two volumes. Octavo (9" x 6"). Contemporary law calf, blind frames to boards, raised bands and lettering pieces to spines. Some rubbing to extremities and spines, minor scuffing, front board of Volume II slightly bowed. Offsetting to endleaves, toning, light browning in places, occasional faint dampspotting, faint dampstaining to portions of Volume II. Early owner signatures to front free endpapers, interiors otherwise clean. A nice set. * Third edition. First published in 1833, this work is generally considered to be the most important work written on the American Constitution. Dedicated to John Marshall, it presented a strongly Federalist interpretation. It is divided into three books. Book I contains a history of the colonies and discussion of their charters. Book II discusses the Continental Congress and analyzes the flaws that crippled the Articles of Confederation. Book III begins with a history of the Constitution and its ratification. This is followed by a brilliant line-by-line exposition of each of its articles and amendments. Comparing it to The Federalist, James Kent said Story's work was "written in the same free and liberal spirit, with equal exactness and soundness of doctrine, and with great beauty and eloquence of composition.... Whoever seeks...a complete history and exposition of this branch of our jurisprudence, will have recourse to [this] work, which is written with great candor, and characterized by extended research, and a careful examination of the vital principles upon which our government reposes.": cited in Marvin, Legal Bibliography (1847) 669-670. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2917.
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