A Compendium of the Law of Evidence, London, 1801.
First Edition of a Standard Nineteenth-Century Evidence Treatise Peake, Thomas [1771-1838]. A Compendium of the Law of Evidence. London: Printed for E. & R. Brooke & J. Rider, 1801. xiv, 190,  pp. Includes 2 pp. publisher advertisement. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Recent quarter plain calf over marbled boards, endpapers renewed with old paper. Corners lightly rubbed and bumped, rear hinge starting. Light browning to interior, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and final leaves, early owner inscriptions and (illegible) signatures to front endleaf and head of title page, brief inscription (A.B Story's 1804) to head of p.1. An attractive copy. $450. * First edition. Peake's was the standard treatise in the first decades of the nineteenth century, both in England and America. Its final English edition was published in 1822 and the final two American editions in 1824 and 1899. The first edition is scarce. OCLC locates 7 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Dalhousie, Loyola, Notre Dame, Temple, University of Florida, University of Pennsylvania, Yale). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:275 (mis-stating publication date as 1802). British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 19:661.
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