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A VIEW OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Philadelphia: H.C. Carey & I. Lea, 1825.. vii,[1],[5]-347pp. Antique-style three-quarter calf, leather label. Very good. The scarce first edition of this influential study of the United States Constitution, containing a consideration of the rights of states to secede from the Union. Rawle, a Quaker, held Loyalist sympathies as a young man. Born in Philadelphia, he studied law in London before returning home to practice, eventually serving as a chancellor of the Philadelphia bar. Rawle's is a thorough consideration of the several powers in the Constitution, and discusses the rights of states to secede from the Union (though Rawle personally was opposed to the measure). "First authoritative interpretation, in which was admitted the abstract right of state secession. These views exerted a profound influence on Southern political thought" - Howes. "This work, suggesting that Rawle believed the states had the right to secede from the Union, was used as a textbook for many years at West Point and other schools throughout the country. It is therefore generally considered to have influenced subsequent leaders and supporters of the Confederacy, although in fact Rawle opposed secession" - Cohen. This copy bears the ownership signature on the front free endpaper of William Samuel Johnson, likely a descendant of the signer of the Declaration of Independence of the same name. This is the first copy of this book that we have encountered. HOWES R77. SABIN 68003. COHEN 2893. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 22035.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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