With Two Important Essays About the Common Law in America Root, Jesse [1736-1822]. Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Superior Court and Supreme Court of Errors, From July A.D. 1789 to June A.D. 1793; With a Variety of Cases Anterior to That Period, Prefaced with Observations Upon the Government and Laws of Connecticut, To Which is Subjoined, Sundry Law Points Adjudged, And Rules of Practice Adopted in the Superior Court. Hartford: Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, 1798. Two volumes. 584, ; [viii], 536,  pp. Subscriber list at end of Volume I. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards and spine, lettering pieces lacking. Considerable rubbing to boards and extremities, chipping to spine ends, boards partially detached but secure. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, early owner signatures (of Frederick W. Jewitt and James H. Smith) to preliminaries, armorial bookplate of William Paine Sheffield to front pastedowns. $300. * First edition. Root's was the second set of Connecticut reports. Especially notable are the two introductory essays that appear in Volume I: "The Origin of Government and Laws in Connecticut" and "On the Common Law of Connecticut." These show Root to be an original legal thinker striving to reconcile English common law with the legal history and traditions of Connecticut. The subscriber list is a "who's who" of important Connecticut lawyers, judges and politicians. A member of a distinguished New England family, Sheffield [1820-1907] was a United States Representative and Senator from Rhode Island. See Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860 20. Wallace, The Reporters 571. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 619.
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