Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of Chancery of New York 7 Vols.
Features the Chancery Decisions of James Kent Johnson, William. [Kent, James (1763-1847)]. Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of Chancery of New-York. Containing the Cases from March, 1814 to July, 1823. New York: Banks & Brothers, 1858-1873. 7 volumes. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, small later owner stamp (Arthur Crownover) to front boards, pastedowns and free endpapers, raised bands, lettering pieces and blind-stamped volume numbers and owner name (J.L. Sloan) to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, somewhat heavier rubbing to spines, front joints of Volumes 4 and 5 starting at ends, hinges cracked. Light toning to interior, offsetting to margins of endleaves. $500. * Second edition, revised & corrected. In 1806 Johnson was appointed reporter for the Court of Errors and for the Supreme Court of New York. In 1823 he also became by legislative act the reporter of the court of chancery. These reports are in effect the judicial writings of James Kent. He relates in his Memoirs (pp. 117-118) how this came about: "I gradually acquired preponderating influence with my brethren, and the volumes in Johnson, after I became Chief-Justice in 1804, show it. The first practice was for each judge to give his portion of opinions, when we all agreed, but that gradually fell off, and, for the last two or three years before I left the Bench, I gave the most of them." Kent, Memoirs and Letters of James Kent 117-118. Wallace, The Reporters 580.
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