Burn's Law Dictionary Burn, Richard [1709-1785]. Burn, John [1744?-1802]. A New Law Dictionary: Intended for General Use, As Well as For Gentlemen of the Profession. By Richard Burn, LL. D. Late Chancellor of the Diocese of Carlisle. And Continued to the Present time by John Burn, Esq. His Son, One of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland. In Two Volumes. London: Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall, 1792. Two volumes. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. vii, 442; [ii], 446,  pp. Includes one-page publisher advertisement. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper shelf labels to spines. Light soiling, minor edgewear to lettering pieces, Volume II joints just starting at head, front free endpaper lacking from that volume, its following endleaf partially detached, front hinge of Volume I cracked, a few tears to its half-title. Moderate toning to text, a few leaves dog-eared, library markings to versos of title pages, library stamp to half-title of Volume II. $450. * Only edition. Intended to be a practical tool, Burn eliminated most of the definitions in Law-French found in earlier dictionaries. (They became obsolete when George II ordered the exclusive use of English in 1733). This elimination cleared space for other material and longer entries. Indeed, Burn's articles on such subjects as judgment, jury, purchase and will are broader, more detailed and better organized than they are in earlier dictionaries of this kind. It is unclear whether Burn intended to publish this book; it was edited, expanded and published posthumously by his son, John Burn. A reissue of this book was published in Dublin the same year as the London edition. English Short-Title Catalogue T112656.
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