First English Edition of Story on Agency Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Commentaries on the Law of Agency, As a Branch of Commercial and Maritime Jurisprudence, With Occasional Illustrations from the Civil & Foreign Law. London: Reprinted Under the Direction and Sanction of the Learned Author, By A. Maxwell, 1839. xxiv, 476 pp. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind fillets to boards, gilt library insignia to front board, raised bands, blind fillets and retained contemporary lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to boards, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning to interior, finger smudges, fold lines and inkspots in a few places, faint marks and underlining in pencil to several passages, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and final leaves of text. $650. * First English edition, published the same year as the first American edition. This treatise was written during the period when Story was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A standard work for decades, Pound included it in a list of the most influential and authoritative American treatises written during the nineteenth century. Pound, The Formative Era in American Law 140-141. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:343.
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