The First Digest of North Carolina Reports Hawks, Francis L. [1798-1866], Digester. [Lilly, Lambert]. A Digested Index of the Reported Cases Adjudged in the Courts of North-Carolina, From the Year 1778 to 1826. Raleigh: Printed for Dirk Lindeman, 1826. vii, 502 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece to spine. Moderate scuffing to boards, wear to spine ends and corners, boards beginning to separate but still quite secure. Faint early owner stamp (of David Bell) to front board, early owner signatures (of "W.H. Washington, Esq./ Solicitor/ Newbern"/ Nov. 12th 1839) to front free endpaper, embossed notarial seal (of [illegible] Lehman/ Newbern) to title page. Toning, light foxing to most of text. A solid copy of an important and scarce title. $300. * Only edition. The first book of its kind produced in North Carolina, Hawks's Index digests the reports of Martin through Hawks, a period spanning 1796 to 1826. Hawks, a lawyer and historian, was the state reporter from 1820 to 1826. After that time he abandoned the law, entered the ministry and had a distinguished ecclesiastical career. Some records attribute this title incorrectly to Lambert Lilly. OCLC locates 5 copies in North American law libraries (Library of Congress, Duke University, the Universities of North Carolina and Virginia and Wake Forest). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5583.
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