The First Anglo-American Treatise on Courts-Martial Adye, S[tephen] Payne [d.1794]. A Treatise on Courts Martial. Also An Essay on Military Punishments and Rewards. London: Printed by T. Maiden for Vernor and Hood, [et al.], 1805. viii, 292 pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in morocco, lettering piece and gilt fillets to extremities, hinges mended. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, faint illegible early owner signature to head of front board, moderate rubbing to board edges with some wear to corners, library bookplate and illegible later owner signature to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, library stamp to verso of title page with a bit of bleed-through to recto and light offsetting to facing leaf. $500. * Seventh Edition. First published in New York in 1769, this title is the first Anglo-American treatise on courts-martial (and the 1769 edition was one of the first law books printed in America). It was the standard guide used by the British and American forces during the Revolutionary War. The first part is a history of martial and military law and an overview of courts martial, courts of inquiry, appeals, the duties of the judge advocate, and the mode of trial. The second part discusses procedure, which is based, as much as possible, on procedure in common law. A standard treatise for many years, and an authority today, it went through eight editions, the final in 1810. Adye was Deputy Judge Advocate for the British Army in North America from 1769 to 1783. OCLC locates 12 copies of the seventh edition worldwide, 8 in the U.S., 2 in Canada. Wiener, Civilians Under Military Justice 182-188. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:4.
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