An Important Early American Treatise on the Legal Rights of Married Women Cord, William H. A Treatise on the Legal and Equitable Rights of Married Women: As Well as in Respect to Their Property and Persons as to Their Children. With an Appendix of the Recent American Statutes and the Decisions Under Them. Philadelphia: Kay & Brother, 1861. xxvi, 796 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces to spine. Some soiling, light rubbing to extremities, lettering pieces abraded, crack in text block between front endleaf and title page. Moderate toning to text, faint ink and embossed and library stamps to title page, which has faint offsetting to its margins, a few brief library annotations to its verso. $500. * First edition. Cord's was the first American treatises on the rights of married woman since the publication of the second edition of the first treatise on the subject, Tapping Reeve's, The Law of Baron and Femme (1846, first edition 1816). It records the significant gains made by married women under the law by 1861. Between 1844 and 1860, twenty-one states had enacted similar legislation. A second edition of Cord's treatise was published in 1885. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:467.
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