A Refutation of Story's Commentaries on the Constitution Upshur, Abel Parker [1791-1844]. A Brief Enquiry into the True Nature and Character of the Federal Government: Being a Review of Judge Story's Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States. Philadelphia: John Campbell, Publisher, 1863. [ii], iv, 132 pp. Star-paged. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Nineteenth-century sheep, blind fillets to boards, raised bands, lettering piece and owner label (F.A. Sondley) to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor stains and nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, library bookplate (Sondley Reference Library) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, very faint embossed library stamp to title page and a few other leaves. A handsome copy. $650. * Second edition, star-paged to the first edition. Originally published as a pamphlet in 1840, Upshur's essay is a refutation of the nationalistic theory of the Constitution advanced by Joseph Story's Commentaries on the Constitution (first edition, 1833). Our 1863 edition was issued by a group of radical Northern Democrats (Copperheads) to promote the political philosophy of the Confederacy. Upshur, a Virginia judge and politician, was a prominent spokesman for the states-rights, pro-slavery ideology. He was Secretary of the Navy and Secretary of State under President Tyler. Foster A. Sondley [1857-1931] was a prominent North Carolina attorney, scholar and bibliophile. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:827.
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