Lot 63
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Benjamin C. Howard

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  • Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F. A. Sandford.  Washington: Cornelius Wendell, 1857
  • Paper, Ink
8vo (8 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.; 222 x 140 mm).  Some browning and spotting, upper right edge of a few leaves discolored (not affecting text). Half black calf gilt; some wear, upper inner hinge renewed, upper right corner of front free endpaper and front flyleaf renewed.


John R. Slack (signed on upper pastedown dated September 1857 and on first page of text) 


Grolier American 68; Howes S218; Sabin 33240

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION. Dred Scott was a slave who lived from 1834 to 1838 in Rock Island, Illinois (where slavery was prohibited by the Ordnance of 1787) and Fort Snelling, Wisconsin Territory (where slavery was prohibited by the Missouri Compromise). In 1846 Scott sued for his freedom because of his stay in a free state and free territory.  The Supreme Court's decision that the Missouri Compromise was unconstitutional  and that Scott's residence in free territory had not made him free greatly accelerated sectional hostility.  Chief Justice Roger B. Taney wrote the opinion of the Court, and while the decision was not a major factor in the commencement of the Civil War, it certainly damaged the credibility of the Court's legal objectivity in the North.