Field Campaigns for Court Reform Field, David Dudley [1805-1894]. What Shall be Done with the Practice of the Courts? Shall it be Wholly Reformed. New York: John S. Voorhies, 1847. 38 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent plain boards, endleaves added. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves, "2." in early hand and library stamp to title page, library markings to verso. $250. * Only edition. Field, a leader of the New York bar, was an important law reformer and the leading American proponent of codification during the nineteenth century. This pamphlet was "part of Field's campaign to urge the New York State Legislature to reform the judiciary system. His efforts led to his appointment later in 1847 as commissioner on practice and pleading and his participation in the preparation of the code of procedure (1848-1850)" (Cohen). OCLC locates 6 copies in North American law libraries (Georgetown, New York University, UC-Berkeley, University of Iowa, Pace, Yale). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1144.
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