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    With a Marvelous Two-Page Inscription
    Signed by Alexander Stephens

    Alexander H. Stephens. A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States; Its Causes, Character, Conduct and Results. Presented in a Series of Colloquies at Liberty Hall. Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Atlanta: National Publishing Company; Chicago and St. Louis: Zeigler, McCurdy & Co., [1868-1870]. First edition. with an extraordinary gift inscription from Stephens to New York Life Insurance founder Pliny Freedman several years after the publication of volume 2: "In this Book will be found as the author thinks not only the true principles of the Constitution of the United States of America; but a truthful exposition of the real cause, character and conduct of the late [war] between those States with its results up to the time at which it was written. Mr. Pliny Freeman the author hopes will give it at least a careful as well as thorough and impartial perusal. Washington D.C. 18 Feby 1874. Alexander H. Stephens." Two octavo volumes in one (8.875 x 5.75 inches; 225 x 146 mm). [2, title, imprint], [2, dedication, blank], 654; xii, 5-827, [1, blank], [4, ads], [2, blank] pages. Complete with sixteen engraved plates (including frontispieces), all of which have their original tissue guards, and three leaves comprising facsimiles of manuscript letters by Abraham Lincoln. Author's inscription on original first flyleaf; typewritten transcription on facing page. Three-quarter brown morocco over red-brown cloth, spine lettered and tooled in gilt in compartments, five raised bands, red-brown cloth endpapers, top edge gilt. Offsetting on tissue-guards, else a very clean copy in near fine condition.

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    Once U.S. Congressman from Georgia Alexander H. Stephens is most famous for his stint as Vice President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War, though he would later become governor of Georgia from 1882 until his death one year later. Stephens's War Between the States is the politician's Constitutionally-based defense of state sovereignty and his argument for the validity of Southern secession. According to the Dictionary of American Biography, Stephens's book "was a sensation in its day, evoking attacks by Northern and Southern champions of causes upon which it impinged." Harwell 173. Nevins II, 91.





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