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ALEXANDER HAMILTON

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EXCEPTIONAL ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE 1794 CARRIAGE ACT, RARE FIRST PRINTING OF THE FIRST AMERICAN LAW WHOSE CONSTITUTIONALITY WAS CHALLENGED AND THE FIRST TO TEST THE CONCEPT OF “JUDICIAL REVIEW”

(UNITED STATES CONGRESS). Carriage Act. Act Laying Duties Upon Carriages for the Conveyance of Persons. [Philadelphia, 1794].

First edition of Hamilton’s 1794 Carriage Act, the very first law to involve “judicial review,” defended by Alexander Hamilton in his only appearance before the Court in a momentous decision that “represented the first time the Supreme Court ever ruled on the constitutionality of an act of Congress,” a rare association copy from the library of early U.S. Senator Stephen Row Bradley, the drafter of the 12th amendment. $28,500.

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"THE ABLEST MASTER OF POLITICAL ARITHMETIC" (HAMILTON)

(HAMILTON, Alexander) POSTLETHWAYT, Malachy. Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce. London, 1774. Two volumes.

Important 1774 fourth edition of Postlethwayt's massive two-volume folio Dictionary, published in London only two years before the American Revolution, the same edition held by John Adams in his library, a timely work containing the Preliminary Discourses not present in the first and second editions. Within five years of this edition, Alexaner Hamilton's "initial plans for a U.S. financial revolution were hatched in several letters—more accurately essays—on political economy." Postlethwayt's Dictionary proved elemental to Hamilton, America's first Secretary of the Treasury, in designing America's economic independence, and was the "inspiration for U.S. industrial policy" in its impressive detailed charts and 25 very large folding maps, including many of North and South America, as well as those of Europe, Asia and Africa. Rare in contemporary calf boards. $7500.

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"THE MOST INFLUENTIAL AMERICAN POLITICAL WORK"

HAMILTON, Alexander, MADISON, James and JAY, John. Federalist. Washington, 1818.

Seminal fifth edition of the Federalist Papers—"the most important work in political science that has ever been written"—this distinctive Gideon edition features Madison's revisions and claims of authorship over Hamilton. $6000.

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