New York: Carleton, Publisher, 1862. Original cloth over boards. Octavo. 171 pages. Near fine. Bound in brown blind-stamped cloth over boards with light orange endpapers. Gilt-stamped spine title is somewhat faded. Some fading to cloth, shallow bumps and minor wear to extremities. Hinges sound.
Cairnes was an Irish legal scholar who, early in the Civil War and from across the Atlantic, scoffed at issues such as states' rights and tariffs as causes of the conflict. He pointed squarely at slavery as the root of it all, and further asserted that mankind's best interests depended on a thorough defeat of the Confederacy and the eradication of slavery.
Contains an early book appearance of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation as part of the front matter, published here before it had taken effect.
A handsome copy of this important work, in excellent condition.
SABIN 9856; NEVINS et al, CIVIL WAR BOOKS, vol I p. 249.