By a Distinguished Pennsylvania Jurist and Politician Sergeant, Thomas [1782-1860]. View of The Land Laws of Pennsylvania. With Notices of Its Early History and Legislation. Philadelphia: James Kay, 1838. xvi, -203,  pp. Page 303 incorrectly numbered 203. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind frames to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. A few minor nicks and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, hinges cracked, early owner bookplate to front pastedown, early owner signature to front pastedown, brief early annotation to rear pastedown, both in pencil. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, early marks and brief annotations in pencil to a few leaves. A handsome copy. $850. * First and only edition. "For although all of the laws that were passed prior to the year 1700 were then repealed, and most of those afterwards passed have been superseded, (...) they formed the origin of many existing principles and usages in our jurisprudence, and are often essential to a proper understanding of our legal history, and even to the satisfactory interpretation of some parts of our present law" (xi). A notable Pennsylvania jurist and politician, Sergeant was the state's attorney-general from 1819 to 1820 and an associate justice of the state supreme court from 1834 to 1846. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 9641. .
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