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Item #79334 Commentaries on the Law of Promissory Notes, Second Edition. Joseph Story.
Commentaries on the Law of Promissory Notes, Second Edition.
Commentaries on the Law of Promissory Notes, Second Edition.

Commentaries on the Law of Promissory Notes, Second Edition.

Story's Final Treatise Story, Joseph [1779-1845]. Commentaries on the Law of Promissory Notes, And Guarantees of Notes, And Checks on Banks and Bankers. With Occasional Illustrations from the Commercial Law of the Nations of Continental Europe. Boston: Charles C. Little & James Brown; London: Stevens and Norton, 1857. xxxi, 700 pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing, spotting and a few shallow scuffs and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint just starting at head, faint offsetting to preliminaries, early owner signature (of J.T. Leavitt, dated 1869) and later owner stamp (of A.H. Ware) to front free endpaper and title page. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places. Housed in cloth slipcase. An attractive copy. $850. * Second edition (and only London edition) of the last treatise published by Story. According to Cohen, "Joseph Story's work on promissory notes was the last of his great treatises. (...) Unlike many of his predecessors, Story treated each aspect of commercial law separately in a series of works which included his treatises on agency (1839), partnership (1841), bills of exchange (1843) and finally the one on promissory notes. The inclusion of comparative sources from the commercial law of other countries reflects Story's view, expressed in his opinion for the Supreme Court in Swift v. Tyson (1842) that commercial law was international, not the 'law of a single country only, but of the commercial world.'" The advertisement to the second edition is by William Wetmore Story [1819-1895], who prepared it after his father's death. Two of this book's former owners were likely James Tufton Leavitt [1804-1857], a Maine attorney and politician who served in both branches of the state legislature, and Albert Harris Ware [1827-1893], an attorney who practiced in North Anson, Maine. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 2562.

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