"IN THIS BOOK WILL BE FOUND… THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…"
STEPHENS, Alexander. Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States. Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Atlanta; Chicago and St. Louis, 1868-70. Two volumes bound in one.
First edition of the “most elaborate—and best—argument for the constitutional validity of the doctrine of state sovereignty and the right of secession” (Howes), written by the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stephens. Very scarce presentation copy with a dedication letter entirely penned, signed, and dated by Stephens bound in at the front, which reads in part: "In this Book will be found as the author thinks not only the true principles of the Constitution of the United States of America; but a truthful exposition of the real cause, character and conduct of the late [war] between those States…" $15,000.