First Edition of a Successful Layman's Manual Fessenden, Thomas G[reen] [1771-1837]. The American Clerk's Companion, and Attorney's Prompter: A Collection of the Most Useful and Approved Forms of Legal Instruments, Precedents in Pleading, &c. With Observations Relative to the Varieties of Practice, Introduced or Sanctioned by the Statutes and Courts of Different States. Brattleboro, VT: Published by John Holbrook, 1815. [iv], -377 pp. Complete. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, front hinge starting at ends, rear joint just starting at head, early struck-through owner signature ("U.C. Hatch") and small fragment of dark paper to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and final few leaves, two early signatures ("Uriel C. Hatch," struck through, and "Reuben Washburn") to head of title page. $100. * First edition. Immediately popular, this layman's guide went through seven later editions, all with a title beginning A Valuable Assistant to Every Man: Or, The American Clerk's Magazine. A true "Renaissance man," Fessenden was a lawyer, poet, journalist, inventor and venture capitalist who promoted various inventions. He was the holder of two patents for heating devices. He promoted "scientific" techniques in The New England Farmer, a journal he founded. Also a prominent satirist, he wrote numerous pieces under the pseudonym Christopher Caustic. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8010.
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