With a New Introduction by Bryan A. Garner Marriott, William. A New Law Dictionary; Comprehending A General Abridgment of the Law, on a More Extensive Plan than has hitherto been attempted: Containing not only the Explanation of the Terms, but also the Law Itself, Both with Regard to Theory and Practice in which are Incorporated the Statutes and Adjudged Cases down to the Present Time. Including all the Acts Passed the Last Session of Parliament Essentially Useful to Barristers, Solicitors, Justices of the Peace, Attornies, Solicitors, Students in the Law, Clergymen, Merchants, Traders, Parish Officers of Every Denomination, &c. Originally published: London: Printed for W. and J. Stratford, 1797-98. 4 Volumes. 2,580 pp. Reprinted 2011 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. With a new introduction by Bryan A. Garner, President, LawProse, Inc. ISBN-13: 9781616190439. ISBN-10: 1616190434. Hardcover. New. $295. * Reprint of the rare original edition. "This four-volume work was the culmination of an 18th-century bloodline that began in 1729 with the appearance of Giles Jacob's New Law-Dictionary, which appeared in 11 editions through 1782. Jacob started a new genre: the law dictionary that was also an "abridgement"--that is, an alphabetically arranged restatement of the whole law, subject by subject. (...) His four-volume set (as ultimately published) has remained one of the most obscure law dictionaries ever. Copies are extremely rare today: few libraries, even at the institutions that have specifically built up their holdings in law dictionaries, possess one. I, for example, was never able to examine a copy until the page proofs of this reprint were made available to me. My guess is that no more than 100 were printed. Fewer than a dozen copies are known to exist. The book has therefore received scant attention." --From the Introduction by Bryan A. Garner.
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