"Holds a Place Comparable to That Which Plowden's Commentaries Holds in English Legal Literature" Kirby, Ephraim [1757-1804], Reporter. Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Superior Court of the State of Connecticut. From the Year 1785, to May, 1788; With Some Determinations in the Supreme Court of Errors. Litchfield: Printed by Collier & Adam, 1789. v, [iii], 456,  pp. Final leaf blank. Octavo (8" x 5"). Later library buckram, red and black lettering pieces to spine, endpaperes renewed. Light soiling, short tear to front joint near head of spine. Moderate toning and occasional light foxing to text, small punture hole (from pin?) through upper corners of several leaves at rear of text block, brief annotations in early hand to a few leaves, early owner signature and later library stamp to title page, two small library marks to verso. $200. * First edition. With a subscriber list that includes Nathaniel Chipman, James Kent, Tapping Reeve, Zephaniah Swift and other distinguished early American jurists. Kirby's Reports and Hopkinson's Judgments in Admiralty in Pennsylvania were the first reporters published in America, both in 1789. Although their priority is still a subject of debate, most experts say Kirby's volume appeared first. A landmark in American legal history, its importance was recognized almost immediately. "[Kirby's] was the first fully developed volume of law reports published in the United States and in American legal literature holds a place comparable to that which Plowden's Commentaries holds in English legal literature" (DAB). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:1100.
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