Handsomely Bound First Edition of One of Story's Most Important Treatises Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws, Foreign and Domestic, in Regard to Contracts, Rights, and Remedies, and Especially in Regard to Marriages, Divorces, Wills, Successions, and Judgments. Boston: Hilliard, Gray and Company, 1834. xxv, , 557 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Superbly bound in period-style full calf, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, original endpapers retained. Moderate toning to text, somewhat darker or browned in places, light foxing, faint, gradually diminishing dampstaining to margins of several leaves at beginning and end of text. A handsome copy. $1,500. * First edition. Story's Conflict of Laws, the first systematic treatise on the subject, is one of his greatest and most influential works. Warren says: "It is not too much to say that its publication constituted an epoch in the law; for it became at once the standard and almost the sole authority...[it] received the honor of being practically the first American law book to be cited as authority in English courts." Expanding on this latter point Marvin quotes "a late English writer" who says that "no work on international jurisprudence merited, nor received, greater praise from the jurists of Europe. It impressed English lawyers with the highest respect for [Story's] extensive learning." Marvin, Legal Bibliography 471. Warren, A History of the American Bar 545. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2723. Woxland & Ogden, Landmarks in American Legal Publishing 25.
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