First Edition of Cunningham's Dictionary Cunningham, T[imothy] [1718?-1789]. A New and Complete Law-Dictionary, Or, General Abridgment of the Law: On a More Extensive Plan Than Any Law-Dictionary Hitherto Published: Containing not only the Explanation of the Terms, But Also the Law itself, Both with Regard to Theory and Practice. Very Useful to Barristers, Justices of the Peace, Attornies, Solicitors, &c. London: Printed by the Law-Printers to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, 1764, 1765. Unpaged. Two volumes. Main text printed in parallel columns. Folio (14" x 9"). Later three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, raised bands and gilt titles and volume numbers to spines, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, hinges cracked, recent library bookplates to front pastedowns, early owner inscription to repaired and mounted front endleaf of Volume I. Light browning, somewhat lighter in places, occasional light foxing, library stamps to front endleaves and verso of title page of Volume I. $2,000. * First edition. Along with those of Jacob and Marriot, this was one of the most popular comprehensive English dictionaries of the period. According to Hicks, it was "The first...which aimed at completeness as regards legal terms." Like Jacob, Cunningham aimed to give a complete account of the law. The result is a work that is also an abridgment that includes summaries of cases and precedents in equity and statutes. Hicks and the ESTC note this edition was issued in 140 parts. Hicks, Materials and Methods of Legal Research (3rd. rev. ed.) 247. English Short-Title Catalogue T140761.
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