Early American Edition of Pothier on Obligations Pothier, Robert Joseph [1699-1722]. Evans, William David [1767-1821], Translator and Editor. A Treatise on the Law of Obligations, Or Contracts. Translated from the French, With an Introduction, Appendix, And Notes Illustrative of the English Law on the Subject. Philadelphia: Robert H. Small, 1853. Two volumes. xv, -605; [ii], iv, 628 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind frames to boards, red and black lettering pieces and small paper shelf labels to spines. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, Volume I boards beginning to separate but secure, corners bumped and somewhat worn, card pockets to front pastedowns, hinges of Volume II cracked, early owner inscription ("S.B. Sanborn, Montreal, October 1874") and presentation inscription ("Donated by the Estate of E.J. Bedard to Brother Walter Bedard") to front free endpaper, identical presentation inscription to front free endpaper of Volume II. Light toning to text, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and endleaves, small monastery library stamps and markings to title pages. $1,250. * Third American edition, from the sole London edition, 1806. Holdsworth praises Evans's edition for introducing Pothier to English lawyers, which "did considerable service to the development of the English law of contract." Marvin agrees and observes that "[Evans's] notes are comprehensive and learned, and deserve a careful perusal in connexion with the text, and he is entitled to considerable praise for having furnished Pothier on Obligations to the profession in so good and accurate an English garb." The first American edition, a translation by F.X. Martin, was published in 1802. The first American Evans edition, the second overall, was published in 1826. Holdsworth, A History of English Law XIII:467. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 578. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 3659.
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