TWO PRINCIPAL ARGUMENTS OF WILLIAM WIRT ON THE TRIAL OF AARON BURR, FOR HIGH TREASON, AND ON THE MOTION TO COMMIT AARON BURR AND OTHERS, FOR TRIAL IN KENTUCKY.

Richmond: From the Press of Samuel Pleasants, 1808. [4],103,[1],104-221pp. Lacks the frontispiece portrait (see below). 16mo. Original calf, spine ruled in gilt, gilt leather label. Expertly rebacked, retaining the original backstrip. Bookplate on front pastedown (see below). Light toning and foxing, bottom edge of pp. 49/50, 55/56, and 59-62 untrimmed. Very good. Item #WRCAM55346

From the library of Francis Scott Key with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Best known as author of the "Star Spangled Banner," Key was also a prominent Washington-area lawyer. Published the same year that William Wirt, then future United States attorney general, was elected to the House of Delegates. His prestige was increased dramatically when he appeared for the prosecution of the case against Burr, prompting Jefferson to suggest Wirt seek a Congressional seat, which the latter declined. Burr was accused in 1807 with conspiracy to invade Mexico, seize New Orleans, and set up an independent government west of the Mississippi. Wirt's two arguments were ultimately unsuccessful, and Burr and his co-conspirators were acquitted. A rare Burr item. Streeter's copy contained a frontispiece portrait of Wirt by Saint-Memin, which is not always present, and is not present in this copy. HOWES W587. COHEN 14120. TOMPKINS 112. HARDISON 369. SABIN 104883. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 16753. STREETER SALE 1693.

Price: $4,000.00

Francis Scott Key's Copy of the Rarest Account of the Burr Treason Trial