Item #1543 A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the Unted States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F. A. Sandford. December Term, 1856. Dred Scott, Benjamin Howard, hew.
A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the Unted States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F. A. Sandford. December Term, 1856
A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the Unted States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F. A. Sandford. December Term, 1856
A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the Unted States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F. A. Sandford. December Term, 1856
A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the Unted States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F. A. Sandford. December Term, 1856
First Printing of the Dred Scott Decision

A Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the Unted 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. First edition. Modern marbled paper over boards with leather spine. Octavo. [4]m [393]-633 pages. Bound in recent marbled paper boards with leather spine. Gilt stamped title label and gilt ruling to spine. Mild toning to text. Small private library stamp and number on title page, shallow old dampstain to lower fore corner of first leaves, small spot on title page. There are a few expert tissue repairs. A solid, clean, and attractive copy of this important work.

Dred Scott was the most controversial Supreme Court decision of the 19th century, and is its most famous decision involving slavery. In Scott v. Sandford, the court ruled that African Americans could not be citizens, and that a key provision of the Missouri Compromise Act of 1820 was unconstitutional. This decision made the outbreak of Civil War four years later almost inevitable, and is widely regarded as the worst decision in the Court's history.

This is the first public appearance of all nine opinions that comprise that infamous decision. This New York Appleton imprint is not to be chronologically or bibliographically confused with the well-known Washington imprint of Cornelius Wendell. Douglas Lind has conclusively shown that although the Wendell imprint is also dated 1857 it did not in fact appear until well into 1858. Thus, it is this printing alone that the public and legal scholars had access to in 1857.

Ref. HOWES S218; SABIN 78261; FINKELMAN p. 49; LIND pp. ix-xiii, etc.


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