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Legal and Political Hermeneutics, or Principles of Interpretation...

Lieber, Francis [1800-1872]. Legal and Political Hermeneutics, or Principles of Interpretation and Construction in Law and Politics, with Remarks on Precedents and Authorities. Boston: Charles C. Little and James Brown, 1839. Reprint. New York: Gryphon Editions [The Legal Classics Library], 1994. xii, [13]-240, [1] pp. Calf, decorative gilt stamping, raised bands, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, ribbon marker. Bookplate on front pastedown, else fine. $15. * Reprint of the second enlarged edition. "The Hermeneutics was intended as a chapter of his Political Ethics, but became so extended that it was published separately. His distinction between interpretation and construction had great influence among legal writers of his day. The first is 'the art of finding out the true sense of any form of words' (...) in the sense which the author intended to convey, while construction is the drawing of conclusions respecting subjects that lie outside the direct expression of the text. Constitutions should be construed closely, he holds, since their words have been carefully weighed. The treatise received high commendation from Chancellor Kent, Henry Clay, Rufus Choate, and others.": Dictionary of American Biography VI: 236-237.

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