9 June 2004
[CONSTITUTION]. [DOUGLAS, Stephen A. (1813-1861), Senator, Presidential candidate]. HICKEY, W. The Constitution of the United States of America...The Declaration of Independence; the Articles of Confederation...Third Edition. Philadelphia, 1848. 8vo, engraved allegorical title (tiny stain at top edges of a few leaves), original blindstamped brown cloth (rebacked, preserving portions of original spine). Half red morocco gilt slipcase. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY 'THE LITTLE GIANT' in ink on front flyleaf: "Presented to Mr. C. Evangelides by his friend S.A. Douglas, July 17 1854."
A very popular compilation, widely used as a government manual. The young man to whom it is inscribed by Senator Douglas is Christy Evangelides, a Greek orphan raised and educated in the houshold of Julia Ward Howe, the author. Provenance: William H. Townsend (noted Lincoln collector), bookplate; Justin G. Turner, bookplate.
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