Notes on the Constitutional History of the United States.
Scarce first edition of this survey of the development of American constitutional law. The text covers colonial legislation and proprietary and chartered governments through the Constitution of 1789 to the Fifteenth Amendment adopted during Reconstruction. With chapters on the Bill of Rights, the three-branch system of government, bicameral legislatures, and four chapters on the judiciary including three devoted to decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court under successive Chief Justices: Roger B. Taney, Salmon P. Chase, and Morrison Waite.
Author Kenneth McIntosh graduated from Harvard in 1871 and practiced law in Pittsburgh. This copy with the Latin bookplate of his Harvard classmate John Strachan Lawrence (1849–1924), a Michigan attorney, master-in-chancery of the federal court for Western Michigan, politician, and noted collector of rare books. A lovely copy.
Description: Notes on the Constitutional History of the United States.
Pittsburgh, Pa.: James Harry, 1877. First Edition. 200pp. Sm. 8vo. Publisher’s grained cloth with blind stamping and gilt spine title. Faintest of loss to ends of spine and small nick to edge of front board; a near fine copy.