A True Philadelphia Lawyer Brown, David Paul [1795-1872]. The Forum; or Forty Years Full Practice at the Philadelphia Bar. Philadelphia: Robert H. Small, 1856. Two volumes. Illustrated. Octavo (9" x 6"). Original pebbled cloth, blind frames to boards, gilt titles and ornaments and a negligible bit of shelf-label residue to spines. Light rubbing to boards, minor fraying to heads of spines, corners bumped and moderately worn, faint library stamps to top-edges, bookplate residue to front pastedowns, card pockets and residue from date due sheets to rear pastedowns. Moderate toning to interiors, light foxing in places, negligible, very faint library stamps to title pages. An attractive set. $350. * Only edition. A lively memoir of a notable lawyer and orator who was retained in almost every important criminal case in the Philadelphia courts due to his formidable cross-examination skill. This collection of biographical sketches and meditations on the law and legal profession contains several fascinating insights into the Philadelphia bar during the first half of the nineteenth century. Dictionary of American Biography 3:111-112. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 8522.
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