First Edition of the First Standard American Treatise on Railway Law, Inscribed by the Author Redfield, Isaac F. [1804-1876]. A Practical Treatise Upon the Law of Railways. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1858. 8, lxxxviii, 736 pp. Main text preceded by 8 pp. publisher catalogue. Octavo (9-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and raised bands to spine, blind tooling to board edges. A few shallow scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing and some scuffing to extremities and spine, front hinge starting at ends, faint early owner stamp (R.E. Alexander) to front pastedown and free endpaper, which has an author inscription (to "Miss Maria D. Newcomb"), another author inscription (to "Mrs. Orem Newcomb") to front endleaf. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places, faint dampstaining to fore-edges to upper right-hand corners of preliminaries before title page, final 26 leaves, rear free endpaper and pastedown. A nice copy overall. $650. * First edition. Redfield, a justice of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1836 to 1859 and its chief judge 1852-1859, was a notable legal scholar and the first American authority on railway law. Working at a time when the industry was in its infancy, he realized that it opened several new questions relating to corporation law, torts, and constitutional law. These are the main topics addressed in his treatise. One of the very first books on the subject, it soon became a standard work. The final authorial edition, the fifth, appeared in 1873. A final, sixth, edition was published in 1888. The Newcombs were the wife and daughter of Orem Newcomb [1800-1854] a prominent business and civic leader in Derby, Vermont. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 11065.
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