First Edition of Cunningham's Dictionary Cunningham, T[imothy] [1718?-1789]. A New and Complete Law-Dictionary, Or, General Abridgment of the Law: On a More Extensive Plan Than Any Law-Dictionary Hitherto Published: Containing not only the Explanation of the Terms, But Also the Law itself, Both with Regard to Theory and Practice. Very Useful to Barristers, Justices of the Peace, Attornies, Solicitors, &c. London: Printed by the Law-Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, 1764, 1765. Unpaged. Two volumes. Main text printed in parallel columns. Folio (13-3/4" x 9"). Recent period-style quarter-calf over cloth, raised bands, blind ornaments and lettering pieces to spines, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, minor tears and small chips to some leaves, chipping to lower margins of 41 leaves near center of Volume II along gutter, light edgewear to preliminaries, minor stains to a few leaves. Ex-library. Faint inkstamps and embossed stamps to title pages, annotations to versos. A solid copy of a scarce title in a handsome binding. $2,500. * First edition. Along with those of Jacob and Marriot, this was one of the most popular comprehensive English dictionaries of the period. According to Hicks, it was "The first...which aimed at completeness as regards legal terms." Like Jacob, Cunningham aimed to give a complete account of the law. The result is a work that is also an abridgment that includes summaries of cases and precedents in equity and statutes. Hicks and the ESTC note this edition was issued in 140 parts. Hicks, Materials and Methods of Legal Research (3rd. rev. ed.) 247. English Short-Title Catalogue T140761.
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