The First American Text on the Law of Evidence Swift, Zephaniah. [1759-1823]. A Digest of the Law of Evidence, in Civil and Criminal Cases, and a Treatise on Bills of Exchange, and Promissory Notes. Hartford: Oliver D. Cooke, 1810. [ii], [v]-xiv, , 361, ,  pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, endleaves renewed. Light toning to text, internally clean. A notably handsome copy. $450. * Only edition. Swift, a pioneering Connecticut legislator and jurist, was the author of the first American law text, A System of the Laws of the State of Connecticut (1795-96). He also wrote the first American work on evidence. "It is still an important book of reference, and was supplemented by a few illustrative cases well selected from the English reports, including the far-reaching decision of Omychund vs. Barker. In the same volume was included A Treatise on Bills of Exchange and Promissory Notes.": Baldwin, "Zephaniah Swift" in Lewis, Great American Lawyers II:141. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5129. .
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