First American Edition of a an Important English Treatise on Slander and Libel Holt, Francis Ludlow [1780-1844]. [Bleecker, Anthony, Editor]. The Law of Libel: In Which is Contained a General History of This Law in the Ancient Codes, and of Its Introduction, and Successive Alterations, In the Law of England. Comprehending a Digest of All the Leading Cases Upon Libels, From the Earliest to the Present Time. First American, From the Second London Edition, With References to American Cases. New York: Published by Stephen Gould, 1818. xii, -328 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, raised bands, blind ornaments and fillets and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, faint dampstaining to upper outside corner of text block, light foxing in a few places, early owner signature ("T Spencer 1822") to head of title page. $450. * First American edition, from the second London edition, 1816. First published in 1812, this was the standard English treatise on slander and libel in the opening decades of the nineteenth century. Though it was eventually superseded, it remained an authoritative history of the subject. With its intelligent discussion of sources and cases it is just as valuable today. Holt was a member of the Inner Temple. Also the author of treatises on nisi prius, bankruptcy, admiralty law and Parliament, his work was held in high esteem by Kent. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 10934.
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