First edition of A Constitutional View of the Late War Between the States by Confederate Vice President, Alexander H. Stephens.
Octavo, [two volumes], , 654pp, ; xii, -827pp, . Maroon cloth, title in gilt on spine, initials stamped in blind on covers. Some rubbing to cloth, occasional spotting within text blocks. Both volumes complete with frontispiece portrait in each volume and 13 full-page illustrations, all with tissue covers. Three facsimile Lincoln letters in Volume II. Previous ownership notation on front flyleaf of each volume. (Eicher 174) (Howes S938) A handsome set.
Alexander H. Stephens (1812-1883) served as vice president of the Confederate States of America from 1861-1865 and later became the 50th governor of the State of Georgia. Prior to joining the Confederacy, Stephens served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Georgia. Stephens advocated against secession throughout his political career, but after Georgia seceded and he became vice president of the Confederacy, he gave his now famous Cornerstone Speech in March 1861, in which he defended the fundamentals of slavery.