Apr 12, 2018 - Sale 2473

Sale 2473 - Lot 101

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
JEFFERSON, THOMAS. 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. Frontispiece map. 80 pages. 8vo, original plain wrappers, worn and stained; dampstaining, minor wear, a few passages marked in ink or red pencil; uncut. New York: Ezra Sergeant, 1812

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first edition. 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, Jefferson had 250 copies printed for him to distribute to congressmen and other political figures (though he gave permission to the publisher to print additional copies for sale). Sabin 35912.