[MARSHALL, John (1755-1835), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.] The Federalist, on the new Constitution, written in the year 1788, by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay, with...the original Articles of Confederation; the letter of General Washington, as president of the convention, to the president of Congress; the Constitution of the United States, and the Amendments to the Constitution. Washington, D.C.: Thompson and Homans, 1831.
12o. vii, , 4-420 pp. Index, erratum at end. (Titlepage and a few leaves at front detached, title with clear tape mends on verso, free endleaves removed, foxing and light dampstains). Contemporary American calf, flat spine with morocco label gilt-lettered "FEDERALIST." (Quite worn, most of spine defective.) Checklist of Amer. Imprints 7421.
CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN MARSHALL'S COPY OF THE FEDERALIST PAPERS AND CONSTITUTION, boldly signed in ink on titlepage: "J Marshall." A historic association of the fundamental text of American Constitutional interpretation, from the library of the chief justice most responsible for radically broadening the Court's power. Marshall's concept of judicial review, enunciated in Marbury v. Madison, gave the Supreme Court a range of power far beyond that described in either the Constitution or in the Federalist Papers.
Provenance: John Marshall -- J. Keith Marshall, son of the preceding -- Claudia Hamilton Marshall (1839-1917), daughter of the preceding -- Lucy Marshall Jones (1867-1952), daughter of the preceding -- Direct descendants (details on request) -- The present owner.