1857 Edition With a New Introduction by Bryan A. Garner Bouvier, John. A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America, and of the Several States of the American Union; with References to the Civil and Other Systems of Foreign Law. Seventh edition, revised, improved and enlarged. Originally published: Philadelphia: Childs and Peterson, 1857. Two Volumes. [ii], ii (new introduction i-ii), xi, -692 pp.; [ii], 745 pp. Reprinted 2004, 2011 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. With a new introduction by Bryan A. Garner, President, LawProse, Inc. ISBN-13: 9781584772835. ISBN-10: 1584772832. Hardcover. New. $150. * Reprint of seventh edition of the first American law dictionary, distinctive for its particular emphasis on American law. Compiled by John Bouvier [1787-1851], this classic dictionary went through fifteen editions during the nineteenth century, the final appearing in 1886. New editions continued in the twentieth century, most notably three that were edited by Francis Rawle, the last of which appeared in 1914. Its many editions are widely used and cited today because they provide excellent overviews of American law as it existed at the time of their publication. "[T]he best book of the kind in use for the American lawyer. It contains sufficient reference to English and foreign law, and a very full synopsis of such portions of American jurisprudence as requires elucidation.": Marvin, Legal Bibliography (1847) 138.
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