An Important Nineteenth-Century Commentary on the U.S. Constitution Curtis, George Ticknor [1812-1894]. History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States; With Notices of Its Principal Framers. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1861. Two volumes. xxxvi, 518; xvi, 663 Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Original textured cloth, blind frames to boards, gilt arms of the United States to front boards, blind stamped arms to rear boards, gilt titles and blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, titles oxidized. Moderate toning to interiors, light browning (from laid-in acidic paper) to front endleaves of Volume I, small scuff to rear pastedown of Volume II, negligible light foxing in a few places, early owner initials to front pastedown of Volume I. A well-preserved set. $750. * Reissue of the only edition, expanded by the addition of the text of the first draft of the Constitution. Curtis, an eminent Boston attorney, was renowned for his intellect and literary skill. Written with advice by Daniel Webster and first published in 1854-1858, the History offers a classic interpretation from a Nationalist, Websterian viewpoint. It was one of the major works on the Constitution during the nineteenth century. This issue not in the Harvard Law Catalogue.
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