St. Tucker's Important Lectures on the Constitution Tucker, Henry St. George [1780-1848]. Lectures on the Constitutional Law, for the Use of the Law Class at the University of Virginia. Richmond: Printed for Shepherd and Colin, 1843. 242 pp. 12mo. (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, endpapers renewed. Some toning, light foxing in places, faint, mostly very faint, dampstaining to upper corner of text block, faint embossed library stamp to title page and following leaf, brief annotations (shelf number?) to verso of title page. A nice copy in a handsome binding. $750. * Only edition. Tucker proposes a vigorous defense of states-rights principles in the manner of John Taylor of Caroline. A notably sophisticated argument, it balances detailed analysis of the U.S. Constitution with criticism of Joseph Story, Daniel Webster and other proponents of a powerful Federal government. Tucker was a judge of the superior courts of chancery for the Winchester and Clarksburg districts, President of Virginia's Supreme Court of Appeals, the director of a private law school in Winchester and, later in life, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. Works that grew out of the classroom include Commentaries on the Laws of Virginia (1836-1837). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2928.
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