The Lives and Times of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States:. [In Two Volumes].
Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott & Co, 1874. First Edition Thus/Second Series. Hardcover. Sabin 24670 (for First Ed.). From the library of Susan Mary Alsop. Born Susan Mary Jay in Rome in 1918, she was the daughter of Peter Augustus Jay (and Susan Alexander McCook) and granddaughter of Augustus Jay (and Emily Astor Kane), both statesmen, legates and/or ambassadors (in Europe, Asia and South America). The Jays, a Huguenot family, produced John Jay, co-author of the Federalist Papers, Foreign Secretary and the first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Many of the volumes from her library were from that of her father and grandfather and are so inscribed (as noted). Susan Mary [Jay] Alsop, in addition to being one of the great political hostesses in Washington's circles, was an author in her own right, producing a noted biography of Vita Sackville-West's mother, “Lady Sackville” (1978); and also “Yankees at the Court: The First Americans in Paris” (1982), and “The Congress Dances: Vienna 1814-1815” (1984). Inscribed to Augustus Jay, John Jay's great-grandson, "Augustus Jay, With Aunt Matty's Love, December 25th". A very handsome set from the family central to the tale. Very Good+. No DJ as Issued. Item #5143 Light shelf/edge wear, gift inscription at ffep of Vol. 1, else tight, bright and unmarred. Brown/dark rust beveled cloth boards, gilt lettering, black ink decorative elements, brown endpages. 8vo. xxv, 645pp; xvi, 560pp.