The First Important Work on Evidence Published in America Greenleaf, Simon [1783-1853]. Crosswell, Simon Greenleaf, Editor. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence. Revised with Large Additions. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1883. Three volumes. lxxxiv, 753; lxxxix, 683; xxix, 577 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Contemporary law calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and red and black lettering pieces to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing, some dampspotting and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards and extremities, light toning to interiors, offsetting to margins of endleaves. A well-preserved set. $950. * Fourteenth edition. Originally intended to be a textbook, Greenleaf's treatise was published a volume at a time from 1842-1853. The first important American work on evidence, it freed the bar from its dependence on English sources. Crosswell was Greenleaf's grandson. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:827.
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