First American Edition of the First English Treatise on Evidence Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey [1674-1726]. The Law of Evidence. Corrected; With Many Additions; And a Complete Table to the Whole. London, Printed: Philadelphia: Re-Printed and Sold by Joseph Cruikshank, 1788. iv, 286,  pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper location label to spine, endpapers renewed. Light soiling, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to corners, chip to head of spine, hinges cracked, front free endpaper partially detached. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places, faint library stamps, one embossed, to title page, library markings to verso. $1,000. * The first (and only 18th century) American edition. The first book devoted to the subject of evidence, "[i]t long held its place as the chief book on this topic; and Blackstone is loud in its praises" (Holdsworth). Indeed, Blackstone thought so highly of this work that he apologized for not treating the subject of evidence at length "because of the fulness and excellence of...Gilbert's treatise, a work which it is impossible to abstract or abridge, without losing some beauty and destroying the chain of the whole.": Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England III:367. Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 120. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5055.
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