First Edition of the First English Book on Evidence, Issued by a Female Bookseller [Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey (1674-1726)]. The Law of Evidence: With All the Original References, Carefully Compared. To Which is Added, A Great Number of New References, From the Best Authorities. And Now First Published from an Exact Copy Taken from the Original Manuscript. With a Compleat Table to the Whole. Dublin: Printed for Sarah Cotter, 1754. [viii], 199, ,  pp. With a 5 pp. subscriber list. Quarto (7-1/2" x 6"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style with gilt-edged raised bands and contemporary lettering piece, upper corners and hingesmended. Some minor nicks and scuffs to boards, light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped. Light toning to a few leaves, interior notably fresh. A handsome copy of a scarce title. $4,500. * First edition. (It was reissued in London in 1756.) Derived from a manuscript and originally published anonymously, this was the first treatise devoted exclusively to evidence. As Holdsworth notes, "[i]t long held its place as the chief book on this topic; and Blackstone is loud in its praises." Indeed, Blackstone recommends it in the section on evidence in the Commentaries for a fuller treatment of the subject. OCLC locates 5 copies of the first edition in North American law schools (Harvard, San Francisco Law Library, University of Iowa, University of Pennsylvania, Washington University, Yale). Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 120. English Short-Title Catalogue N19879.
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