First American Edition of Jones on Bailments Jones, Sir William [1746-1794]. An Essay on the Law of Bailments. Boston: From the Press of Samuel Etheridge, For John West, 1796. 178,  pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent quarter cloth over marbled boards, gilt title and author name to spine, colored (renewed) endpapers. Light browning to interior, occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining to fore-edge of first 70 pp., light soiling to a few leaves, ownership signatures (of Ben Hazard and Sibyl Horne? Amery, the latter dated 1899) to front endleaf, additional signature (Ben Hazard) to head of title page. $150. * First American edition, a reprint of the first London edition, 1781. One of the first significant books to use principles derived from Roman and civil law sources, this influential treatise played an important role in the introduction of their ideas into Anglo-American jurisprudence. Kent admired this work, as did Marvin, who praised its "artistic and scholar-like finish" (Marvin). Sir William Jones was a distinguished Orientalist and a brilliant jurist. A friend of Johnson, Gibbon and Burke, he was a judge of the High Court at Calcutta from 1783 until his death. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 428-429. Hoeflich, Roman & Civil Law and the Development of Anglo-American Jurisprudence 38-39. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2419.
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