LIFE AND CORRESPONDENCE OF JAMES IREDELL, One of the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.

New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1857-1858. First edition (Weeks, p. 29: "The printing of these volumes was paid for by James C. Johnston of Edenton, N.C."). 8vo. 2 volumes: viii, 570, (2, ad leaf); vii, 607, (2, ad leaf) pp. Frontispiece portrait, engraved facsimile of Iredell's bookplate; errata slip. An excellent association copy, inscribed on the front endpaper "Honl. Wm. C. Rives / with the respects of / James C. Johnston / Hayes March 6th 1865"; Johnston (1782-1865) and his father Samuel Johnston (Governor of N.C., 1787-1789, first U.S. Senator from N.C., and close friend of Iredell's) built Hayes Plantation, where this copy was signed, in Edenton, N.C. in the early years of the 19th century; at the younger Johnston's death, the plantation passed into the hands of a business associate whose descendants sold and donated the papers and books from the Hayes Library in the early 1980s. Among the papers was a copy of the Declaration of Independence that had come from the papers of Joseph Hewes, a signer from N.C., and, like Iredell and Johnson, a resident of Edenton. Rives (1793-1868; U.S. Senator, 1841-1845), a Virginian, served as Minister to France, 1829-1833 and 1849-1853; two months after writing the inscription in this book, Johnston died and Rives followed in 1868. Sabin 43653. Howes M-185. Thornton 8284b. Weeks, p. 29: "The story of Judge Iredell's life is told in his letters and those of his friends, including all the men who were prominent in Revolutionary times in North Carolina ... the book is the best and almost only authority for the social, political, and intellectual life of N.C., 1776-1800." Some foxing and minor marginal staining, but a very good copy with an excellent association. Original brown cloth (faded, some spotting), gilt spine titles (faded). (10223). Item #63829

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