New York: D. Appleton, & Co., 1857. ,-633pp. Original printed wrappers. Front wrapper neatly mended along joint, minor wear to extremities, slight spotting. Dark ink stain on three early text leaves (mostly in lower margin), small spot on previous leaf, otherwise clean internally. Very good. Item #WRCAM55393
The New York printing, apparently issued at the same time as the Washington edition, of the decision in the landmark case, Dred Scott v. Sandford. The decision demonstrated the extreme pro-slavery position of the Court and helped to precipitate the Civil War. Dred Scott, a slave who lived in Rock Island, Illinois and Fort Snelling, Wisconsin, both places where slavery was prohibited, sued for his freedom in 1846. The Supreme Court's decision against Scott exacerbated feelings between the North and South and seriously diminished the Court's credibility in the North. The New York printing of the Dred Scott decision is the main entry in Howes, and just as rare (if not more so) than the Washington edition. LIBRARY COMPANY, AFRO-AMERICANA 4993. SABIN 78261. HOWES S218. GROLIER 100, 68 (ref). MARTIN SALE 2524 (ref).