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A New Law-Dictionary, Containing, The Interpretation and Definition......
1732. "An Entirely New Departure in Legal Literature" Jacob, Giles [1686-1744]. A New Law-Dictionary: Containing, The Interpretation and Definition of Words and Terms Used in the Law; and Also the Whole Law, and the Practice Thereof, Under All the Heads and Titles of the Same. Together With Such Informations Relating Thereto, as Explain the History and Antiquity of the Law, and Our Manners, Customs, and Original Government. Collected and Abstracted From All Dictionaries, Abridgments, Institutes, Reports, Year-Books, Charters, Registers, Chronicles, and Histories, Published to This Time. And Fitted for the Use of Barristers, Students, and Practisers of the Law, Members of Parliament, and Other Gentlemen, Justices of Peace, Clergymen, &c. With Large Additions. To Which is Annexed, a Table of References to All the Arguments and Resolutions of the Lord Chief Justice Holt; In the Several Volumes of the Reports. London: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and Richard Gosling, 1732. [796] pp. Main text printed in double columns within ruled borders. Folio (13-1/2" x 8-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets along joints, rebacked in period style, lettering piece and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, endpapers renewed, corners mended. Scratches and some shallow scuffing to boards, a few chips to edges, upper corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning, occasional faint dampstaining and dampspotting, hole in inner margin of leaf Eeee4 just touching text with no loss to legibility, internally clean. Ex-library. Small inkstamp to title page. A nice copy. $650. * Second edition. As Cowley has pointed out, A New Law-Dictionary was both Jacob's masterpiece and "an entirely new departure in legal literature" that provided a model for several subsequent efforts. In contrast to earlier works, each entry summarizes all of the laws relating to the subject and offers extensive interpretive commentary. Obsolete terms are omitted. It was recognized almost immediately that Jacob created a highly useful legal encyclopedia that was more detailed and concise than any other abridgment of the period. An extremely popular work that went through twelve editions between 1729 and 1800, it offers unparalleled insights into Anglo-American law during the eighteenth century. Cowley, A Bibliography of Abridgements, Digests, Dictionaries and Indexes....
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