A Notably Handsome Copy of Whishaw's Dictionary Whishaw, James [1808-1879]. A New Law Dictionary: Containing a Concise Exposition of the Mere Terms of Art, and Such Obsolete Words as Occur in Old Legal, Historical and Antiquarian Writers. London: J. & W.T. Clarke, 1829. [iii]-viii, 342 pp. Half-title lacking. Main text in parallel columns. Octavo (8" x 5-1/4"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt rules to boards, raised bands, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine, all edges gilt. Negligible light toning to text. A notably handsome copy. $950. * Only edition. Whishaw, a member of Gray's Inn, set out to produce a concise law dictionary in the tradition of Rastell, which would offer rather than a voluminous encyclopedic dictionary in the manner of Jacob's. Though intended for the young lawyer, it is not a dictionary for novices only. Whishaw included French, Latin and English words and phrases as well as "obsolete words" from such early authorities as Cowell, Blount and Hale. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:377.
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