Wheaton's Reports: The "Golden Book of American Law" [Supreme Court, United States]. Wheaton, Henry [1785-1848], Reporter. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Supreme Court of the United States. Volume 1: Philadelphia: Published by Mathew Carey, 1816; Volumes 2-7, 9-10, 12: New York: Published by Robert Donaldson, 1817-1827. Volumes 8, 11: New York: Banks & Brothers, 1883. Twelve volumes. Complete set. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Uniformly bound in later tan buckram, with red and black lettering pieces to spines. Moderate shelfwear and soiling, some staining to Volumes 4, 5 and 6. Moderate toning to interiors, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing. $2,500. * First editions, except for Volumes 8 and 11, which are fourth editions (edited, with notes, by F.C. Brightly). Later republished as Volumes 14-25 of United States Reports. Wheaton's tenure as the Supreme Court's reporter lasted from 1816 to 1827, a remarkable period that witnessed such landmark cases as Martin v. Hunter's Lessee (1816), McCulloch v. Maryland (1819), Dartmouth College v. Woodward (1819), Cohens v. Virginia (1821) and Gibbons v. Ogden (1824). A more sophisticated Supreme Court reporter than the predecessors, Wheaton enhanced his excellent reports with extensive notes and useful appendices, some containing texts of relevant documents. As noted by Woxland and Ogden, his reports became "a model for judicial reporting in this country-the 'golden book of American law.'" Woxland and Ogden, Landmarks in American Legal Publishing 33. Cohen and O'Connor, A Guide to the Early Reports of the Supreme Court of the United States 135-146.
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