A Nineteenth-Century Authority on American Criminal Law Bishop, Joel Prentiss [1814-1901]. Prosecution and Defence: Practical Directions and Forms for the Grand-Jury Room, Trial Court, And Court of Appeal in Criminal Causes, With Full Citations of Precedents from the Reports and Other Books, And a General Index to the Author's Series of Criminal Law Works. Boston: Little, Brown, And Company, 1885. xix, 856 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and red and black lettering pieces to spine, blind tooling to board edges. A few minor scuffs to rear board, moderate rubbing to extremities, light toning to text. A well-preserved copy. $350. * First edition. Bishop was one of the most influential American textbook writers on the nineteenth century. According to Roscoe Pound, he belonged to the class of jurists who works "went far to shape the law." Prosecution and Defense is the last of five treatises he wrote on the subject. (The first was the two-volume Commentaries on the Criminal Law, 1856-1858.) Pound, The Formative Era of American Law 140-141. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:180.
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