First Edition of The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi
The Proceedings of the Government of the United States in Maintaining the Public Right to the Beach of the Missisipi [sic], adjacent to New-Orleans, against the Intrusion of Edward Livingston.
Item Number: 84930
New York: Ezra Sergeant, 1812.
First edition, one of only 250 copies printed for Jefferson to distribute to senators, congressman and other political figures. Octavo, original wrappers, frontispiece map. Some wear to the wrappers, light dampstaining. Housed in a custom half calf clamshell box. Exceptionally rare.
Jefferson wrote this legal brief regarding a dispute with Edward Livingston over a tract of land on the Mississippi known as the Batture, which Jefferson had claimed for the federal government while President. Livingston had sued Jefferson for $100,000, but the case was dismissed. Concerned that the public considered the court's dismissal to be based on a technicality. Sabin 35912. In good condition, wrappers with some wear and light dampstaining.