First Edition of Black's Law Dictionary, a Landmark in American Legal Publishing Black, Henry Campbell [1860-1927]. A Dictionary of Law Containing Definitions of the Terms and Phrases of American and English Jurisprudence, Ancient and Modern Including the Principal Terms of International, Constitutional, and Commercial Law; With a Collection of Legal Maxims and Numerous Select Titles from The Civil Law and Other Foreign Systems. St. Paul: West Publishing Co., 1891. x, 1253 pp. Alphabetic thumb-tabs to fore-edge. Large octavo (10" x 7"). Nineteenth-century library cloth, red and black lettering pieces to spine, endpapers added. Moderate soiling, rubbing to lettering pieces with considerable wear, moderate toning to text, light edgewear and library stamp to title page, library marks to its verso. $1,000. * First edition of the standard American law dictionary, which is now in its tenth edition. It contains definitions of the terms and phrases of American and English jurisprudence, ancient and modern (including the principal terms of international, constitutional, and commercial law), a collection of legal maxims and a bibliography of the principal law dictionaries in English and other languages to 1891. Besides its status as a landmark in American legal publishing, the first edition of Black's dictionary is valuable because it offers important insights into the rapid development of American law at the turn of the century. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:182.
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