The First Legal Work Bearing Story's Name Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Oliver, Benjamin L. [1788-1843], Editor. A Selection of Pleadings in Civil Actions, With Occasional Annotations on the Law of Pleading. With Additions by Benjamin L. Oliver. Boston: Published by Carter and Hendee, 1829. xv, 709 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, blind fillets and red and black lettering pieces to spine. Light rubbing and some shallow scuffing to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing to extremities, some chipping to head of spine, early owner signature of Edwin Conant to front free endpaper (below small struck-through signature). Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing, light soiling to a few leaves. $450. * Second edition. This is both the first legal work bearing Story's name and the first American book of entries of precedents. According to Marvin, the work's "notes and references show that the author had made no ordinary attainments in the science of special pleading." Story was Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, a professor at Harvard Law School and the most respected and prolific legal writer of his time. Edwin Conant [1810-1891] was a prominent Worcester, Massachusetts, lawyer, businessman and philanthropist. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 668. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 9275.
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