First English Edition of the Standard American Evidence Treatise Before Wigmore Greenleaf, Simon [1783-1853]. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence. London: A. Maxwell/Boston: Charles C. Little & James Brown, 1842. xlviii, 658 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and raised bands to spine. Light rubbing and some shallow scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to spine and extremities, minor chipping and wear to head of title page, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Light toning and foxing to interior, early owner signature (Jacob B. Schafer) to title page, "CKK" in early hand to front free endpaper. $500. * First English edition, published simultaneously with the first American edition. Greenleaf succeeded Joseph Story as Dane Professor of Law at Harvard and played a leading role in the development of its law school. His seminal treatise on evidence was the first important American work on the topic. It was originally issued as a one-volume work devoted to general principles of evidence. Greenleaf published a second volume in 1846 on particular cases of evidence and a third volume on criminal evidence and pleading in 1853. These two books were given volume designations. All three were then re-issued with a revised Volume I in 1853 as the second edition. From that edition onward, Greenleaf on Evidence remained a three-volume work. As indicated on the versos of their title pages, the English and American editions were printed in Cambridge, Massachusetts by Torry and Ballou. Other than the order of the publishers on the title page, both editions are identical. Not in Sweet & Maxwell.
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