- New York: The Grolier Club, 2012.
- 6 x 9.25 inches
- 306 pages
- ISBN: 9781605830384
Price: $75.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 109478
This book was produced to accompany the exhibition "Aaron Burr Returns to New York," on show at the Grolier Club May 15-July 28, 2012; but it is also a detailed record of all the most important items from Brian Hardisons superb and comprehensive collection of Aaron Burr, Jr., (1756-1836).
Soldier, lawyer, statesman, and the third Vice President of the United States under Jefferson, Burr was also one of the most maligned figures of the founding era, accused of attempting to steal the Presidential election of 1800 from Thomas Jefferson, of murdering Alexander Hamilton in 1804, and of treason in 1807. Yet a careful examination of contemporary documents, including the five hundred plus items described in this catalogue, reveals a far more complex persona, one whose support for womens rights, the arts and the nascent anti-slavery movement were among the most progressive of his time. The documents show a military hero, a highly skilled lawyer, a caring family man, and a great philanthropist, not to mention a very able politician. Hero or villain, Burr was an enormously influential (if controversial) public figure whose impact continues to be felt today.
The catalogue is organized chronologically and focuses on major events in Burrs life, including his role in the first murder trial in United States history, the presidential elections of 1796 and 1800, and his trial for treason. Illustrated in color throughout, the book contains a thirteen-page introduction, useful appendices, and an index.