First Edition of Cooper's Translation of the Institutes Justinian I [483-565 CE], Emperor of the East. Cooper, Thomas [1759-1839], Translator and Editor. The Institutes of Justinian. With Notes. Philadelphia: Printed for P. Byrne, 1812. xiv, 714 (i.e. 716) pp. Latin and English translation in parallel columns. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, original endpapers retained. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing. An attractive copy. $600. * First edition. Includes a bibliography of civil law and the complete text of The Law of the Twelve Tables. A landmark in the American reception of Roman law and the first translation of Justinian produced in the United States, this edition includes fascinating notes that compare Roman law with that of the United States. (He even includes a table of cases.) Cooper, a chemist and lawyer by training, was a polymath who published books on law, political science, economics, medicine and the natural sciences. A friend of Joseph Priestley and Thomas Jefferson, he was a professor of chemistry at Dickinson College and the University of Pennsylvania. He joined the faculty of South Carolina College in 1819 and became its president in 1820. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1644.
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