First Edition of "An Epoch in the Law" Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws, Foreign and Domestic, in Regard to Contracts, Rights, and Remedies, and Especially in Regard to Marriages, Divorces, Wills, Successions, and Judgments. Boston: Hilliard, Gray and Company, 1834. xxv, , 557 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few shallow scuffs to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, early owner signature of Edwin Conant to front pastedown below early annotation in pencil. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing. A choice copy of a landmark work. $2,000. * First edition. Story's Conflict of Laws, the first systematic treatise on the subject, is one of his greatest and most influential works. Warren says: "It is not too much to say that its publication constituted an epoch in the law; for it became at once the standard and almost the sole authority...[it] received the honor of being practically the first American law book to be cited as authority in English courts." Expanding on this latter point Marvin quotes "a late English writer" who says that "No work on international jurisprudence merited, nor received, greater praise from the jurists of Europe. It impressed English lawyers with the highest respect for [Story's] extensive learning." Conant [1810-1891] was a prominent Worcester, Massachusetts, lawyer, businessman and philanthropist. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 471. Warren, A History of the American Bar 545. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2723.
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