The Penal Code of the State of New York.
First Edition of Field's New York Penal Code [Field, David Dudley (1805-1894)]. The Penal Code of the State of New York. Reported Complete by the Commissioners of the Code. Albany: Weed, Parsons & Co., 1865. lxiv, 406, clxvii pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary paneled cloth. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, front board slightly bowed and just starting at head but secure, backstrip perished, corners bumped and lightly worn, rear hinge cracked, light foxing to endleaves, inscription "E.G. Stephens Presented by E.C. Grover, Esq. March 10, 1866" to front endleaf. Light browning to interior, faint dampstaining to top-edge affecting text on last 9 leaves only, occasional faint dampstaining to bottom edge of last half of text block, occasional light foxing and spotting, crack in text block between pp. cliv and clv of index, all leaves secure. $50. * First edition. The Civil Procedure and Penal Codes were adopted by New York in 1848-1850 and 1881. Although the state did adopt the others, they were influential elsewhere. California, for example, adopted all five. They were also the model for similar codes in Europe and elsewhere. The leading American proponent of codification during the nineteenth century, Field was commissioned by the State of New York to draft a complete codification of the state's laws. From 1847 to 1865, he served with both groups of commissioners convened for this task and, more than any other individual, was responsible for the drafting of all of the codes. Field was the leading advocate of codification in the U.S. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 365.
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