Final American Edition of a Landmark Treatise on Evidence Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey [1674-1726]. Sedgwick, James [1775-1851], Editor. The Law of Evidence. With Notes and Additional References to Contemporary Writers and Later Cases, And a Complete Table to the Whole, By James Sedgwick. Philadelphia: Printed by Joseph Crukshank, 1805. [viii], 246,  pp. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Later library buckram, gilt title, location number and library name to spine. Light browning, light foxing in places, library stamp to head of title page, a few library markings to verso. $350. * Seventh (stated) edition, the second and final American edition, star-paged to Volume I of the sixth London edition, 1801. 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. The first American edition was published in 1788. The 1805 Philadelphia edition is drawn from a three-volume work. The two omitted volumes contain additional material by Capel Lofft. Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 120. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5056.
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