Burn's New Law Dictionary in Original Publisher Boards 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"). Original publisher paper-covered boards, printed shelf labels and volume numbers to spines, untrimmed edges. Light soiling and a few small stains to boards and spines, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, spine labels mostly worn away. Light toning to interior, light soiling to margins of a few leaves in each volume, faint offsetting from flowers pressed between pp. 176 and 177 of Volume 2. An appealing set. $750. * 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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