CURTIS, Benjamin Robbins (1809-1874). Executive Power. Cambridge: H. O. Houghton, 1862.

$ 280.00

8vo., (7 x 4 5/8 inches). 32 pages with self-wrappers sewn and stabbed as issued (vertical creases, short tears to head and foot of spine).

Provenance: With manuscript ownership inscription of “Geo. M. Biddle” above title.

First edition. This slim pamphlet contains an early printing of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Benjamin Robbins Curtis is best known as one of the two dissents in the famous Dred Scott decision, and successfully represented Andrew Jackson in his first impeachment trial.