First-Edition Copy of a Report of Dred Scott v. Sandford with a Notable Association [Trial]. [Dred Scott]. Howard, Benjamin C. [1791-1872], Reporter. A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, And the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, In the Case of Dred Scott Versus John F.A. Sandford. December Term 1856. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1857. [ii], -633,  pp. Final leaf, verso of front wrapper and rear wrapper contain publisher advertisements. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in printed wrappers, fragment of plain of shelf label (?) to foot of spine. Moderate rubbing and soiling, a few creases and fold lines, some wear to wrappers and text block around spine ends and corners, "James S. Pike No. 423" to head of front wrapper, "James S. Pike No. 420." to head of title page. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, and occasional light foxing, check marks, underlining and brackets, most likely by Pike, in pencil to passages on 13 pages. $3,000. * Only edition as an independent work. This deeply controversial decision ruled that slaves were not, and were never intended to be, citizens of the United States. Aware of the public's interest in this case, Howard, the Supreme Court's reporter, issued his report, published officially the same year in Volume 19 of Howard's Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court, as a pamphlet. (Both have the same pagination.) Most of the marked passages in are copy are from the Opinion of the Court, written by Chief Justice Taney, the others are in the concurring opinion of Associate Justice Nelson. Pike [1811-1882], the owner of our copy, was the Washington correspondent and (at times) associate editor of Horace Greeley's New York Tribune. One of the preeminent journalists of his day, he exerted a profound influence upon American public opinion. Also active in politics, he ran for a seat in the U.S. Congress and was Lincoln's minister to The Hague. Pike was an uncompromising anti-slavery Whig who became an ardent Radical Republican who supported suffrage for the former slaves and Reconstruction. However, he also doubted the capabilities of African-Americans and grew disenchanted with President Grant's policies concerning the South. His 1873 book The Prostrate State: South Carolina Under Negro Government.
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