Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Field [Field, Stephen J. (1816-1899)]. Montesquieu, Charles-Louis De Secondat [1689-1755]. De L'Esprit des Lois par Montesquieu. Paris: Daguin Freres, Libraires, 1842. Three volumes. [iv], vi, 508; [iv], 559; [iv], 476 pp. Volume I has portrait frontispiece with tissue overlay. Quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt titles, gilt-edged blind fillets and gilt ornaments to spine, marbled endpapers. [And] [Destutt de Tracy, Antoine Louis Claude (1754-1836)]. Commentaire sur L'Esprit des Lois de Montesquieu; Suivi d'Observations Inedites de Condorcet, Sur le Vingt-Neuvieme Livre du Meme Ouvrage. Edition Entierement Conforme a celle Publiee a Liege en 1817. Paris: Delaunay, Libraire, Palais-Royal, 1819. xvi, 476 pp. Quarter morocco over textured cloth, raised bands, gilt title and gilt ornament to spine, marbled endpapers. Octavo (8" x 5"). Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, some wear to spine ends and corners, a few hinges starting. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining to a few leaves, lower corners of rear free endpaper of each book removed, fragments of later owner label to foot of spines, fragments of later bookplates to front pastedowns, another later bookplate to each front free endpaper. Book ticket of Stephen J. Field to front pastedowns of Volume I and II of De L'Esprit des Lois and Commentaire, his signature and "Paris/ Nov 1848" to front endleaf of each volume of De L'Esprit des Lois. $1,500. * L'Esprit: later edition; Commentaire: third edition. Montesquieu's classic study of the English Constitution and the most important commentary on that work were acquired during a trip to Paris by Stephen Johnson Field, then a lawyer about to move to California. Following the Gold Rush to California in 1848, Field served in local government, the California's state legislature and the Supreme Court of California, He was the principal draftsman of the 1851 California Practice Act. Appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1863, he remained on the bench until 1897. One of the great justices of the nineteenth century, he had a lasting influence on Constitutional law through his co.
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