First Edition of Holthouse's New Law Dictionary Holthouse, Henry James [fl. 1830-1850]. A New Law Dictionary, Containing Explanations of Such Technical Terms and Phrases Occur in the Works of the Various Law-Writers of Great Britain; To Which is Added An Outline of an Action at Law, And of a Suit in Equity. London: William Crofts, 1839. vii, , 446,  pp. Includes 2-page publisher catalogue. Main text in parallel columns. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary three-quarter morocco over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt title and library shelf label to spine, security tag to front board, library stamps to edges and endleaves. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, tiny chip to head of spine, hinges cracked, front free endpaper lacking. Light toning, several unopened signatures, small chips to edges of a few leaves, library stamp to verso of title page. $350. * First edition. Holthouse aimed to create a modern dictionary organized along scientific lines. To this end he eliminated obsolete terms and avoided the encyclopedic format favored by predecessors such as Jacob. He also took pains to omit words that have no connection with the law but which appear nonetheless in law dictionaries (such as "harbours"). More important, his definitions include examples of usage drawn from legal works. Other examples of usage are given in the appendix, which considers the terms used in actions at law, the terms used in equity suits and the relationship that exists between them. Marvin says this is "[O]ne of the best concise law dictionaries in use." OCLC locates 9 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, New York University, Ohio State University, South Texas College of Law, Supreme Court of New York, University of Georgia, University of Texas). Marvin, Legal Bibliography 394. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:171.
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