An Uncommon Nineteenth-Century 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"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Light toning to text, faint dampstaining to heads of a few leaves. A handsome copy of a scarce title. $750. * 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 second (non-reprint) copy we have seen. Not in the Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909).
Book number 68860