Philadelphia: Crissy & Markley, Printers, 1854. 1st Edition. 348 pp. 8vo. 9-5/16" x 5-7/8". Original publisher's black cloth binding with boards stamped in blind, and title gilt stamped to spine. Gilt bright. Square & tight. Spine panel light sunned, with a small chip at base. Bookplate of Benjamin H. Lane. Presentation inscription to Lane on ffep. A pleasing VG+ copy. Item #48057
"Girard was a French and naturalized American, philanthropist and banker. He personally saved the U.S. government from financial collapse during the War of 1812, and became one of the wealthiest people in America, estimated to have been the fourth richest American of all time, based on the ratio of his fortune to contemporary GDP. Childless, he devoted much of his fortune to philanthropy, particularly the education and welfare of orphans.
He bequeathed nearly his entire fortune to charitable and municipal institutions of Philadelphia and New Orleans, including an endowment for establishing a boarding school for "poor, male, white orphans" in Philadelphia, primarily those who were the children of coal miners, which opened as the Girard College in 1848.
Girard's will was contested by his family in France but was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark case, Vidal et al. vs Girard's Executors, 43 U.S. 127." [Wiki]
Here we offer the volume that documents that "landmark case"