The First American Legal Bibliography Marvin, J[ohn] G[age] [d. 1855]. Legal Bibliography, Or a Thesaurus of American English, Irish & Scotch Law Books. Together with Some Continental Treatises. Interspersed with Critical Observations Upon Their Various Editions and Authority. To Which is Prefixed a Copious List of Abbreviations. Philadelphia: J.W. Johnson, 1847. vii, [i], 800 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, gilt-stamped library name to front board and foot of spine, gilt library insignia to rear board. A few minor nicks, scuffs and scratches to boards, some nicks and scuffs to spine, moderate rubbing to extremities with some to spine ends and corners, which are bumped and moderately worn, joints partially cracked, tiny library label to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, small library stamp and (illegible) early owner signature to title page, another stamp to head of following leaf. $450. * Only edition. Marvin was Harvard Law School's librarian when he was a student there. His experiences as a student and librarian led him to produce his bibliography, the first of its kind in America. Arranged alphabetically, it has around 5,000 entries. Since most of them have his comments and those of contemporary reviewers, it is a valuable guide to critical opinion in mid-nineteenth century America, as well as a good measure of titles that were available in America in the 1840s. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 1794.
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