Uncommon Cooley Edition of Story's Commentaries on the Constitution Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Thomas M. Cooley, (1824-1898)], Editor. Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States: With a Preliminary Review of the Constitutional History of the Colonies and States Before the Adoption of the Constitution. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1873. Two volumes. xxxii, 752; 737 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Recent period-style calf, blind fillets and lettering pieces to spine, endpapers renewed. Light toning to text, moderate edgewear, light soiling and small library inkstamps to title pages. Quite uncommon in the trade. $1,750. * Fourth edition. Commentaries on the Constitution was the most extensive and widely discussed study of the Constitution written during the antebellum period. It was originally published in 1833 and the next two editions appeared in 1851 and 1858. Divided into three books, it offers a strongly nationalist interpretation of the Federal constitution. Book I contains a history of the colonies and a 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. Published in 1873, Cooley's edition updated Story's text to include discussion of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, as well as other changes introduced during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Cooley's additions are enclosed in square brackets, some notes by Edmund Bennett, the editor of the third edition, are retained and attributed. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:669.
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