"Removing Rubbish from the Republic of Letters" Bridgman, Richard W. [c.1761-1820]. A Short View of Legal Bibliography: Containing Some Critical Observations on the Authority of the Reporters and Other Law Writers; Collected from the Best Authorities, And Intended as a Companion to the Author's Reflections on the Study of the Law. To Which is Added, A Plan for Classifying a Public or Private Library. London: Printed for W. Reed, 1807. xviii, 429,  pp. Includes one-page publisher advertisement. Octavo (8-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, gilt-stamped institutional name to front board, rebacked with blind fillets, gilt title and institutional name to spine, endpapers renewed. Rubbing and wear to boards and extremities, somewhat heavier to board edges and corners, front hinge cracked, light offsetting to endleaves, front free endpaper detached. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, light soiling in a few places, early pencil annotations to a few pages, small ink stamp to head of title page. $500. * Only edition. Arranged alphabetically by author, and containing valuable critical and descriptive bibliographic observations, Bridgman's classic reference remains a valuable work. Bridgman intended this work as a guide with the "double advantage of easing the labors of the rising generation, and of removing rubbish from the republic of letters. It is our duty to do the best we can for our posterity, and not reject the task under the illiberal idea that posterity can do nothing for us" (v). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:42.
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