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A Review of the Causes and Consequences of the Mexican War ****** A historic specimen of the rare first printing, the author's personal copy in the untouched, commissioned fine binding with full calf boards, lettered and richly decorated in gold leaf. Provenance is traced through two further generations of the Jay family. ******
Benjamin B. Mussey & Co., Boston, Uriah Hunt, Philadelphia and M. W. Dodd, New York, the first printing of the first edition 1849 - PROVENANCE: William, son of John, first Chief Justice of the U.S., was one of the most prominent abolitionists of the period and President of the American Peace Society (1848-58), extensively involved in anti-war causes. He bequeathed the book to son, John II, important in New York State politics and abolitionist causes, who gifted it with a presentation to daughter, Augusta. After her death, it became part of husband, Edmund Randolph Robinson's library. His bookplate with heraldic device of a roebuck rampant and motto, "Sola in Deo salus" (safety in God alone) faces the presentation page. Edmund, son of Moncure, the important civil engineer was the great-grandson of Edmund Randolph, first Attorney-General of the U.S. He was senior law partner at Robinson, Biddle & Ward, NY and a key figure in civil service reform, including the dismantling of the Tweed Ring. A 20th century bookplate is an original b/w woodcut print with a California coastal view, ex-libris Roger K. Larson of Fresno. He compiled a celebrated Western Americana collection. WILLIAM JAY [1789-1858]: opposed the Mexican American War (called in Mexico the U.S. Invasion) and unsuccessfully sought to prevent it. Jay became convinced the War was sought by Southern slave owners to extend slavery to new territories in the Southwest and West. The work, on war's consequences, has gone through an estimated 31 printings or editions. "The review aims to recommend the duty of preserving Peace, by exhibiting wickedness, the baseness, and the calamitous consequences of a victorious War, affecting all the ends for which it was engaged." [p. 4] JOHN JAY II [1817-94]: lawyer, anti-slavery activist, diplomat, and like his father, highly active in the Episcopal Church; organizer of the short-lived Free Soil Party, and of the 1854 meetings at the Broadway Tabernacle that led to the 1855 formation of the New York Republican Party; appointed by President Grant U.S. Minister to Austria-Hungary (1869-75); investigated the New York Custom House as chair of the U.S. 'Jay Commission', and a co-framer of the New York Civil Service Law. PRESENTATION: with quill & brown ink, at the head of the front endpaper; "Augusta Jay, from her affectionate father", authenticated as John II's hand, with his witty 'jumping frog f', distinctive capital j, customary ink flow and use of the Jay family's characteristic small case a & y. COMMISSIONED BINDING: Full brown calf, lettered and richly decorated in gold leaf, the 6 compartment spine with a mounted crimson morocco gilt lettering device, bands with bead and hatching decoration, compartments with marine arabesques, panel corners stamped with gilt fleurs-de-lis, side turn-ins tooled with a repeating geometric pattern, outer edges with a rolled gilt anchor and hook decoration; sewn with manila endpapers, page edges marbled. (The general edition was issued in gilt cloth or printed wrappers.) PAGINATION: Confirmed complete, no illustration, [3] leaves, blanks; 333 pages with 37 chapters, pagination beginning with title page; [4] leaves, blanks. SIZE: 190 x 123 mm (7.48 x 4.84 inches). CONDITION DETAIL: Presentation: bright and clean, endpaper edges toned. Bookplates: excellent. Pages: largely crisp and clean, a small margin soil spot on some pages, a few pages with a gentle top corner bend, pp. 315-316 with a minute top tip crease, pp. 321-324 with top tip crease. Covers: edgewear, rubs, a few abrasions, upper side with some stain spots. Gilt: decorated edges with rubs. Binding: solid and reliable with rear hinge splitting and upper joint with a tear. REFERENCE: Sabin 35864. ADDITIONAL IMAGES: by request. MY LISTINGS: Search in 3 easy steps. 1) Click my name in bookseller field below title and author description. 2) Click bookseller & payment information. 3) Click my name again. You can now search by catalog, keyword, etc. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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