Highly Esteemed by Blackstone Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey [1674-1726]. Lofft, Capel [1751-1824], Editor. The Law of Evidence, By Lord Chief Baron Gilbert. Considerably Enlarged by Capel Lofft, Barrister at Law. To Which is Prefixed, Some Account of the Author; And His Argument in a Case of Homicide in Ireland. Dublin: Printed for P. Byrne, J. Moore, W. Jones, And J. Rice, 1795-1797. Four volumes in two books. Volume I has a folding table. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-3/4"). Early 20th-century buckram, red and black lettering pieces and traces of removed shelf labels to spines, hinges reinforced. Light rubbing and soiling to boards, moderate rubbing and soiling to spines, lettering pieces abraded, corners bumped and lightly worn, crack in text block between title page of Volume I and following leaf. Moderate toning and light foxing to interiors, some edgewear and a few clean tears to table, faint embossed library stamps to title pages of Volumes I and III, library marks to versos. $1,500. * Reissue of the fifth edition (1791-1796) the first by Lofft, to which it is star-paged. With a life of the author. Gilbert's was the first treatise devoted exclusively to the subject. An instant classic, and highly esteemed by Blackstone, who cites and recommends it in his Commentaries, it was the standard treatise on this topic into the nineteenth century. It remains an authority today. The text was first published in Dublin in 1754 by the enterprising Sarah Cotter, who was aware that the work had been circulating through the legal world as manuscript copies for some twenty years. Lofft was the first to produce an enlarged edition, which is based on Gilbert's manuscript notes. It expanded the work by two volumes. Lofft wasn't able to complete Volume IV; it was completed by an anonymous editor. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:379.
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