The First Prize Cases Tried in the United States District Court for the District of New York [Trials]. Van Ness, William P. [1778-1826]. Reports of Two Cases Determined in the Prize Court for the New-York District. By the Hon. William P. Van Ness. New York: Published by Gould, Banks and Gould, 1814. 59 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent quarter calf over paper-covered boards, gilt title to spine, tears to title page mended. Light browning, foxing in a few places, faint dampstaining title page and following leaf. $850. * Only edition, one of two issues. Also know as Van Ness's Prize Cases, this volume reports two prize cases during the War of 1812. These were the first cases tried and reported in the United States District Court for the District of New York. Both involved British ships captured by an American privateer in 1814: "Charles Johnson, on behalf of himself, officers and crew of the private armed vessel the Tickler, vs. 21 bales, 28 cases of merchandise, and 2708 bars of iron, goods & merchandise claimed by Robert Falconer, for and on behalf of John Richardson" and "Charles Johnson, on behalf of himself, owners, officers and crew of the private armed vessel called the Tickler, against Thirteen bales and thirteen cases of goods & merchandise, found on board the ship Mary and Susan, Josiah Wilson, master: William Falconer claimant of nine bales of merchandise, in behalf of James Beswicke and Son." According to Sabin, there are two issues of this title, distinguished by a few small typographical points. This is the most obvious: in issue A, the copy offered here, p. 39 ends "But however distinct-." In Issue B, p. 39 ends "But however dis-." Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 98533. Wallace, The Reporters 567.
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