A SKETCH OF THE LAWS RELATING TO SLAVERY IN THE SEVERAL STATES OF THE UNITED STATES IN AMERICA. SECOND EDITION, WITH SOME ALTERATIONS AND CONSIDERABLE ADDITIONS.

Philadelphia: 1856. xii, 125 pp. Stitched in original printed wrappers [chipped at extremities and along spine]. Later staples and blank margin punchholes; bit of loosening. A couple of leaves with some marginalia. Good+.

This Philadelphia judge's book, normally found in cloth rather than wrappers, is an essential reference for the library on slavery. It analyzes the law of slavery in each State, including the mid-Atlantic region; and reviews constitutional provisions bearing on slavery. This 1856 edition substantially updates the 1827 first edition, reflecting the sea-change in Southern thinking. The South now regarded slavery as a positive good rather than a necessary evil. Issued at the height of the Kansas-Nebraska controversy, its new material on slavery in the territories, the fugitive slave laws, and slavery's interference with the First Amendment is particularly significant.
"The legal literature of antislavery is of several sorts. One category... is that of descriptions of slave codes and their administration. The purpose of these works was to use slave law as data, credible data, as to the realities of slavery. The first, and in many ways the best of these works was" this item. [Cover, Justice Accused].
LCP 9947. Sabin 93097. Cover 149. Dumond 106. Cohen 9879. Item #36400

Price: $500.00