First Edition of Story's Final Treatise Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Commentaries on the Law of Promissory Notes, And Guaranties of Notes, And Checks on Banks and Bankers. With Occasional Illustrations from the Commercial Law of the Nations of Continental Europe. Boston: Charles C. Little & James Brown, 1845. xxviii, 675 pp. Two tipped-in leaves of notes in an early hand. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to spine and extremities, small chip to head of spine, front joint and hinge partially cracked. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing and faint dampstaining to a few leaves. $950. * First edition of the last treatise published by Story. "Joseph Story's work on promissory notes was the last of his great treatises. (...) Unlike many of his predecessors, Story treated each aspect of commercial law separately in a series of works which included his treatises on agency (1839), partnership (1841), bills of exchange (1843) and finally the one on promissory notes. The inclusion of comparative sources from the commercial law of other countries reflects Story's view, expressed in his opinion for the Supreme Court in Swift v. Tyson (1842) that commercial law was international, not the 'law of a single country only, but of the commercial world.": Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2561.
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