First Edition of Washington's Reports, Richmond 1790-1799 Washington, Bushrod [1762-1829], Reporter. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Richmond: Thomas Nicolson, 1798-1799. Two volumes. [x], 392, ; vii, , 302, 19 pp. Errata sheet in Volume I bound between Table of Contents and main text. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering pieces and blind fillets to spines. Moderate rubbing to extremities, chipping to spine ends, corners worn, front board of Volume I just beginning to separate, insect damage to portions of boards. Moderate toning, occasional light foxing, small paper flaw to pp. 299-300 of Volume II with negligible loss to text. Small early owner signatures to head of each title page, interior otherwise clean. An appealing unsophisticated nice set. $450. * First edition. Covers the years 1790-1796, includes Tables of Cases and an Index. Gathered when Washington was in practice in Richmond, these reports demonstrate his methodical attention to legal detail. Washington, nephew of President Washington, was a member of the Virginia House of delegates in 1787 (voting for ratification of the U.S. Constitution) and later an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1798-1829. This was one of the first, and one of the best, American reporters of the eighteenth century. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 719.
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