The "Best Edition" of Jacob's Dictionary (Says Marvin) Tomlins, Sir Thomas Edlyne [1762-1841]. [Jacob, Giles (1686-1744)]. The Law-Dictionary, Defining and Interpreting the Terms or Words of Art, and Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the English Law; Defining or Interpreting the Terms or Words of Art; and Comprising Copious Information on the Subjects of Law, Trade, and Government. With Considerable Additions. London: Printed by Andrew Strahan, 1809. Two volumes. Unpaginated. Main text in parallel columns. Quarto (10" x 8-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, blind fillets and lettering pieces to spines. Light rubbing and some minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, some chipping, gatoring and minor scuffs to spines, front boards beginning to separate, but secure, corners bumped and somewhat worn, later owner bookplate of William Paine Sheffield to front pastedowns. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places, gift inscription (to Sheffield) to front endleaf of Volume I, small early owner signature to head of title pages. $450. * Second Tomlins edition. Jacob's venerable dictionary was first published in 1729 and is considered by many to be his masterpiece, one that "constituted an entirely new departure in legal literature" (Cowley). Tomlin's edition, first published in 1797, is a substantial enlargement and revision. According to Marvin, this edition is the best one. Cowley, A Bibliography of Abridgments, Digest, Dictionaries and Indexes to the Year 1800 xci. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:183. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 418.
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