Civil War-Era Printing of an Important American Treatise on Military Law De Hart, William C. [1800-1848]. Observations on Military Law, And the Constitution and Practice of Courts Martial, With a Summary of the Law of Evidence, As Applicable to Military Trials; Adapted to the Laws, Regulations and Customs of the Army and Navy of the United States. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1863. viii, 433,  pp. Includes 6-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and fragments of paper shelf label to spine. Light soiling and a few minor stains, a few minor chips to lettering pieces, corners bumped, front free endpaper just beginning to detach. Moderate toning to text, early pencil marks to a few leaves, embossed library stamp to title page, library marking to verso, another embossed stamp to following leaf. $250. * First published in 1846, this was the first American treatise on military law published since the Revolutionary War. (Macomb's 1809 A Treatise on Martial Law deals exclusively with courts martial.) Reprinted six times between 1859 and 1869, it was the standard work on the subject. De Hart was a graduate of West Point and a captain in an artillery regiment. He served as Acting Judge Advocate of the Army during the Mexican War. Our 1863 printing not in the Harvard Law Catalogue (1909) or Sabin.
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