"One of the Most Remarkable Books of All Time" Jones, Sir William [1746-1794]. An Essay on the Law of Bailments. London: Printed by J. Nichols; For Charles Dilly, 1781. [iv], 130,  pp. With a half-title, errata leaf at rear of text. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, tiny stain near upper outside corner of front board, moderate rubbing to extremities, tiny chip to front joint, later armorial bookplate (of W.H.M. Hodder) to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, minor stains to a few leaves, faint offsetting to margins of endleaves. An attractive copy. $1,500. * First edition. This exceptional treatise on a fundamental aspect of commercial law was called "incomparable" by Joseph Story in his own book on the subject and "one of the most remarkable books of all time" by Holdsworth. It was also one of the first significant Anglo-American treatises to use principles derived from Roman and civil law sources. Holdsworth, A History of English Law 12:393. English Short-Title Catalogue T69325.
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