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Trial of Samuel Chase in original boards  

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Report of the trial of the Hon. Samuel Chase, one of the associate justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, before the High court of impeachment... for high crimes & misdemeanors, supposed to have been by him committed; with the necessary documents and official papers, from his impeachment to final acquittal
Chase, Samuel, defendent
Printed for Samuel Butler and George Keatinge

[6], 12, [3]-268 (i.e. 316), 68 pp. (8vo) 26.5x15.5 cm (10½x6¼"), original boards, paper spine label. First Edition.

This is one of two different versions of this landmark trial, both published in 1805. This one  "taken in short hand, by Charles Evans, and the arguments of counsel revised by them from his manuscript." Chase was a Signer, a Revolutionary soldier, and has been called "The most brilliant of the Supreme Court justices to sit before John Marshall..." Chase was ultimately acquitted on charges of misconduct in several cases of sedition. The failed impeachment, a blatantly political attack led by Jefferson and his followers, is generally regarded as one of the decisive events of the early Federal period in establishing the principle of an independent judiciary. Sabin 12204.

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Normal rubbing and wear to the original boards, joints cracked, spine ends worn; some light foxing and mild darkening within, still an exceptional copy in the original boards, page edges untrimmed, rare thus.
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