464pp. Scattered toning and light spotting. Very Good in modern cloth. Tucker insisted that sovereignty resided only in "the people": "governments are but creatures, and the people the creator." When Virginia decided to join the Union, that sovereignty is "no less sacred." "Tucker's books were nearly all devoted to an exposition of extreme state rights. As early as 1820 he expressed himself boldly in favor of secession and for thirty years maintained this view with inflexible consistency. His philosophy was firmly rooted in eighteenth-century agrarianism; he believed in aristocratic government and had no patience with Jacksonian Democracy-- especially as it began to invade his own beloved state" [DAB]. Twenty-two of Tucker's lectures are printed here, most of them delivered at the College of William and Mary. Edgar Allen Poe wrote a review of Tucker's writings in 'Graham's Magazine' for November 1841, pages 224-234, entitled 'A Chapter on Autobiography': "He is apt, however, to be led away by personal feelings, and is more given to vituperation for the mere sake of point or pungency, than is altogether consonant with his character as judge." Cohen 8691. BAL 20596. Not in Harv. Law Cat. or Marke.