First Edition Presentation Copy of Calhoun's Most Important Contributions to Political Theory Calhoun, John C. [1782-1850]. Cralle, Richard [1798-1864], Editor. A Disquisition on Government and a Discourse on the Constitution and Government of the United States. Charleston: Printed by A.S. Johnston, 1851. vi [i.e. viii], 406 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Later three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, gilt title and ornaments and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, edges rouged. Light toning to interior, light foxing to preliminaries, light offsetting to outside corners of half-title and p. 406, presentation leaf signed by the House and Senate Library Committee Chairmen tipped in before title. A handsome copy with an interesting association. $1,850. * First edition, one of two issues, presented to Henry Hallam on behalf of the South Carolina Legislature. Published shortly after Calhoun's death, this volume contains Calhoun's two most important contributions to political theory. The Disquisition on Government, a veiled defense of the Southern slave power, outlines a theory of minority rights within the context of majority rule and urges universal recognition of the inequality of humanity and the differentiation of the nation's social and economic concerns. The Discourse on the Constitution proposed an argument for pluralism in political representation that has influenced a diverse range of critics across the political spectrum. Secretary of war and state, a two-time vice president, one of the more notable senators in U.S. history and in important political thinker, Calhoun was one of the greatest American statesmen of the nineteenth century. An inspiration to the secessionists, he advanced sophisticated and impassioned arguments in favor of slavery, limited government and states's rights. Henry Hallam [1777-1859], the owner of our copy, was a distinguished English historian. His works include View of the State of Europe During the Middle Ages (1818) and The Constitutional History of England (1827). The other issue of this book was published in Charleston by the Steam Power Press of Walker and James in 1851. Often found as a single book, it was part of a six-volume set. Volumes II to VI were published in New York by D. Appleton from 1853 to 1856.
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