Whishaw's Dictionary Whishaw, James [1808-1879]. A New Law Dictionary: Containing a Concise Exposition of the Mere Terms of Art, and Such Obsolete Words as Occur in Old Legal, Historical and Antiquarian Writers. London: J. & W.T. Clarke, 1829. [iii]-viii, 342,  pp. Half-title lacking. Includes 2-page publisher catalogue. Main text in parallel columns. Octavo (8" x 5-1/4"). Later quarter law calf over cloth, red and black lettering pieces and paper location label to spine, library name and small security tag to front board, endpapers added, hinges reinforced, library stamps to edges, and endleaves. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing and a few nicks to spine, front free endpaper lacking. Light toning to text, occasional light foxing, library stamp to title page. $350. * Only edition. Whishaw, a member of Gray's Inn, set out to produce a concise law dictionary in the tradition of Rastell, which would offer rather than a voluminous encyclopedic dictionary in the manner of Jacob's. Though intended for the young lawyer, it is not a dictionary for novices only. Whishaw included French, Latin and English words and phrases as well as "obsolete words" from such early authorities as Cowell, Blount and Hale. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:377.
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