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Erskine (Thomas Baron Erskine).

SPEECHES OF LORD ERSKINE, When at the Bar, On Miscellaneous Subjects.

Joseph Milligan: Georgetown, DC 1813 7 x 4, mottled calf, six gilt ruled spine panels, spine label with gilt lettering, 266 pp. Covers worn, rubbed, scuffed/scraped, small paint stain, shelfworn, corners and spine tips bumped and worn, spine label repaired, offsetting to endpapers, pencil and ink name and date of William Lodge, Dec. 23, 1820, front inner hinge cracked, contents heavily foxed else good, text block tight. There are speeches on: High treason, riot and assault, adultery, publishing libel. Joseph Milligan, 1781 (1791?)-`834, was a bookseller and bookbinder in Georgetown who became proprietor of Georgetown's first bookstore (located at M Street) in 1804. He succeeded the widow of the previous owner John March. In addition to being a bookseller and bookbinder he also printed many books, some of which were: Ricardo. On the Principles of Political Economy; The Psalter or the Psalms of David; Destutt. A Treatise on Political Economy (translated by Thomas Jefferson). Milligan started up the briefly lived "Literary Quarterly" and he operated the Union Circulating Library out of the bookstore. One of his well known clients was Thomas Jefferson for whom he rebound many volumes. In 1814 Milligan received an important commission from Jefferson: to be responsible for the counting, packing and transporting his personal library from Monticello to Washington DC which he had sold to Congress to replace the Library of Congress which had been destroyed in the War of 1812. In a letter dated Sept. 24, 1814, Milligan wrote (in part) to Jefferson "On Tues-day morning I called on the Secretary of State, he informs me that the Library of Congress. . . was consumed on the memorable 24th of August; therefore your truly magnanamous (sic) offer of the Monticello Library to Congress, will be very acceptable . . . If they do take it everything that I can do in arranging it Shall be done . . ." It took almost a month to load ten wagons with the books still stored in their bookcases. Imprints by Joseph Milligan, Georgetown, are very scarce. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION.

Book Id: 98-8153

Price: $95.00

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