First Edition of John Marshall's Circuit Court Decisions
MARSHALL, John. Reports of Cases Decided by the Honourable John Marshall. late chief justice of the United States, in the Circuit court of the United States, for the district of Virginia and North Carolina, from 1802 to 1833 [i.e. 1836] inclusive. Edited by John W. Brockenbrough. In Two Volumes. Philadelphia: James Kay, Jun. & Brother , 1837.
First edition. Two octavo volumes (9 x 5 5/8 inches; 228 x 142 mm). xxiv, [33]-596; viii, [9]-580 pp. Although there is a jump in pagination, this is complete. With a Memoir of John Marshall, by Joseph Hopkinson. "Read on the third day of March, 1837, to the 'American Philosophical Society'": on pages [ix]-xviii of Volume I. We could find no copies at auction since 1980.

Full contemporary calf,. Each volume with a red and black morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Boards tooled in blind. Board edges tooled in blind. Boards a bit rubbed and scuffed, especially Volume II. Previous owner's signature on title-page of Volume I. Some foxing and marginal dampstaining throughout. Small ink dot on fore-edge of Volume II. Overall a very good copy.

John Marshall was the 4th U.S. Supreme Court Chief justice. "On 20 January 1801 President John Adams nominated John Marshall, then Secretary of State, as chief justice of the United States Supreme Court... Marshall accepted the appointment on 2 February 1801 and served as chief justice for thirty-four years. Marshall heard cases and offered groundbreaking opinions that continue to guide the Supreme Court and the United States government today. The Marshall court established the principle of judicial review, in which the court ruled that the Supreme Court had the power to declare invalid any act of Congress that was in conflict with the U.S. Constitution. The Marshall court also ruled that state judiciaries could set aside state legislative acts if they conflicted with the federal Constitution and that the U.S. Supreme Court could reverse a decision of a state court. By his opinions, Marshall increased the power of the Supreme Court as a branch of the federal government, emphasized the role of the judiciary in the states, and reinforced the national supremacy of the federal government." (Library of Virginia).

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