First Edition of Jacob's Great Dictionary Jacob, Giles [1686-1744]. A New Law-Dictionary: Containing, The Interpretation and Definition of Words and Terms Used in the Law; and Also the Whole Law, and the Practice Thereof, Under All the Heads and Titles of the Same. Together With Such Informations Relating Thereto, as Explain the History and Antiquity of the Law, and Our Manners, Customs, and Original Government. Collected and Abstracted From All Dictionaries, Abridgments, Institutes, Reports, Year-Books, Charters, Registers, Chronicles, and Histories, Published to This Time. And Fitted for the Use of Barristers, Students, and Practisers of the Law, Members of Parliament, and Other Gentlemen, Justices of Peace, Clergymen, &c. With Large Additions. To Which is Annexed, a Table of References to All the Arguments and Resolutions of the Lord Chief Justice Holt; In the Several Volumes of the Reports. London: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1729.  pp. Main text printed in double columns. Folio (13-1/4" x 8-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked, raised bands and gilt author name to spine. Light rubbing and scuffing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities, spine ends worn, joints just starting at ends, corners bumped and worn, front hinge cracked, recent owner bookplate to front pastedown. Light toning, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to fore-edges of preliminaries, minor chips and tears, 2 small scuff-holes to leaves Bbb2 and Bbb3 with minor loss to text, one with minor loss to legibility. Copies of those leaves supplied as laid-in facsimiles. A scarce edition of a landmark work. $750. * First edition. As Cowley has pointed out, A New Law-Dictionary was both Jacob's masterpiece and "an entirely new departure in legal literature" that provided a model for several subsequent efforts. In contrast to earlier works, each entry summarizes all of the laws relating to the subject and offers extensive interpretive commentary. Obsolete terms are omitted. It was recognized almost immediately that Jacob created a highly useful legal encyclopedia that was more detailed and concise than any other abridgment of the period. An extremely popular work that went through twelve editions between 1729 and 1800, it offers unparalleled insights into Anglo-American law during the eighteenth century. Co.
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