Handsome Copy of the First Law Book Printed in Newark, New Jersey Griffith, William [1766-1826]. A Treatise on the Jurisdiction and Proceedings of Justices of the Peace, in Civil Suits; with an Appendix, Containing Advice to Executors, Administrators and Guardians--Also, an Epitome of the Law of Landlord and Tenant; the Whole Interpreted with Proper Forms, and Calculated for General Instruction. Newark, NJ: Printed by John Woods, For the Author, 1797. xii, 320,  pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to calf sections of boards, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, endpapers renewed. Light browning and foxing to interior, early owner name (Moses Foote) to head of p.ii. A handsome copy. $250. * Second edition, with "improvements and a new chapter on conveyancing." First printed in Burlington, New Jersey in 1796, the 1797 edition was the first law book printed in Newark. The third section of its three-part appendix has a title page reading (in part): The Scriveners Guide: Containing Concise Precedents of Acquittances, Agreements, Arbitration and Awards. A third, and final, edition of this book was published in 1813. Felcone, Printing in New Jersey, 1754-1800 879. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8400.
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