"A Major Step in the Transformation of Equity" Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Commentaries on Equity Jurisprudence, As Administered in England and America. Revised, Corrected, And Enlarged. London: Reprinted...Under the Direction and Sanction of the Learned Author, By A. Maxwell, 1839. Two volumes. [i], xxxiii, 773; xl, 947 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 pieces to spines, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to board edges, front joint and hinges of Volume I partially cracked, library label to its front pastedown. Light toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, finger smudges and marks in light pencil to a few leaves in each volume. $750. * First English edition, indicated "Second Edition" on the title page, published the same year as the second American edition. As Horwitz notes, this treatise "marks a major step in the transformation of Equity from an eighteenth century system of substantive rules derived from 'natural justice' to a nineteenth century positivist conception of Equity as simply providing a more complete and inclusive set of procedural remedies." Horwitz, The Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860 265. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:342. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 5013.
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