An Uncommon Nineteenth-Century American Law Dictionary English, Arthur. A Dictionary of Words and Phrases Used in Ancient and Modern Law. Washington, DC: Washington Law Book Co., 1899. [iv], 979 pp. Main text in parallel columns. Small folio (10" x 6-1/2"). Later library cloth, red and black lettering pieces to spine. Moderate shelfwear and soiling, joints just starting at ends, small scuff to bottom edges of rear board, corners bumped, upper corner of front board chipped, frond endleaves just starting at head. Moderate toning to text, library stamp to title page, library markings to verso. $650. * Only edition. "In this work the effort has been to make the definitions as short as possible, yet so clear that a man without legal education can understand them. (...) Essays or long discussions of subjects have been avoided because few have time to read such, and fewer care to, while those who have time prefer to investigate for themselves" (Explanatory Statement). This is an uncommon book. OCLC locates 29 copies, a low number for a law dictionary published at the turn of the twentieth century. This is the first (non-reprint) copy we have seen. Not in the Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909).
Book number 68847