The First Law Dictionary Printed in America Jacob, Giles [1686-1744]. [Tomlins, Thomas Edlyne (1762-1841)]. The Law-Dictionary: Explaining the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the English Law; Defining and Interpreting the Terms or Words of Art; And Comprising Copious Information on the Subjects of Law, Trade, And Government. Corrected and Greatly Enlarged. New York: Printed for, And Published by I. Riley, 1811. Six volumes. Complete set. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary reversed calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering pieces, blind fillets and blind volume numbers and alphabet ranges to spines. Moderate rubbing and a few minor stains to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities, chipping to spine ends, corners bumped and worn, boards beginning to separate, but secure, illegible early owner name in tiny hand to front board of Volume I. Moderate toning to interiors, light foxing in places, early owner signature (W.H. Tobey) to heads of title pages, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and rear endleaves. An appealing unsophisticated set. $3,000. * First American edition and the first law dictionary printed in America. It is derived from the second Tomlins edition, printed in London in 1809. The leading Anglo-American law dictionary of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Jacob's New Law-Dictionary was first published in 1729. It went through several editions. Tomlins's substantially enlarged editions appeared in 1797, 1809 and 1810. Tomlins's additions include citations to the vast number of statutes at large, term reports in the several courts, parliamentary reports and recent treatises and other sources that had been published since Jacob's death. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5446.
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