The Standard American Evidence Treatise Before Wigmore Greenleaf, Simon. [1783-1853]. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence. Boston: Charles C. Little & James Brown, 1853-1854. Three volumes. 8, lxvi,  780; lx, 708; 8, xxix, , 585 pp. Volumes I and III have 8-page publisher catalogues. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Uniform contemporary sheep, blind frames to boards, lettering pieces, raised bands and blind-stamped volume numbers to spines. Light rubbing and some scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front boards of Volumes I and III beginning to separate, but still secure, chip to head of spine of Volume II, its front hinge starting at foot. Moderate toning, light foxing in places, signatures removed from front pastedowns of Volumes II and III. $500. * Volume I: seventh edition; Volume II: fifth edition; Volume III: second edition, the form of this set current in 1854-1855. Greenleaf's seminal treatise on evidence was the first important American work on the topic. It was originally issued as a one-volume work devoted to general principles of evidence. Greenleaf published a second volume in 1846 on particular cases of evidence. These two books were reissued with a revised Volume I in 1853 as the second edition. That same year Greenleaf published a third volume on criminal evidence and pleading. From that point onward, Greenleaf on Evidence remained a three-volume work. Each volume went through several editions at different times until the 13th edition (1876). It remained the standard American work until it was superseded by Wigmore on Evidence (1904-1915). See Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law note to 5059. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:827.
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