Richmond: West & Johnston, 1862.
Originally published in 1836, now republished and edited by Thomas A. Ware. iii-viii, 220pp. + 4pp. of publisher's ads. 8vo, pr. wrs. Richmond: West & Johnston, 1862. First Confederate Edition.
Lacks the title page. Title page information also printed on the front wrapper including publisher and date. Spine worn. Moderately dampstained throughout. Text moderately browned on many pages. First 52 pages chipped on bottom margin, front wrapper chipped, back wrapper with many wormholes. Nathaniel Beverley Tucker was a lawyer and judge. Later, he was a professor of law at William and Mary from 1836 to 1851. "Tucker's books were nearly all devoted to an exposition of extreme state rights. As early as 1820 he expressed himself boldly in favor of secession and for thirty years maintained this view..." Dictionary of American Biography, XIX, page 36. "Original edition (of this work) suppressed on its publication in 1836...A prophetic foretelling of the Civil War." Howes T-394.