New York: Hugh Gaine, 1768.
I. Of Actions and Remedies, Writs, Process, Arrests...II. Of Courts, Attornies and Solicitors therein, Juries, Witnesses, Trials, Executions...III. Of Estates and Property in Lands and Goods...IV. Of the Laws relating to Marriage, Bastardy, Infants...V. Of the Liberty of the Subject, Magna Charta, the Habeas Corpus Act...VI. Of the King and his Prerogatives...VII. Of publick Offences, Treason, Murder, Felony, Burglary, Robbery...and their Punishment. All of them so plainly treated of, that all Manner of Persons may be particularly acquainted with our Laws and Statues, concerning Civil and Criminal Affairs, and know how to defend Themselves and their Estates and Fortunes, In all Cases whatsoever. iv, 289, pp. 12mo, contemporary calf, leather label; (spines ends lightly worn, covers lightly scuffed, light foxing to some margins, small, light dampstain to several pages, contemporary signature on title page and page one in margins). New-York: Hugh Gaine, 1768. First American Edition.
First law book for the layman printed in America. The author, Jacob Giles, was an English lawyer. This was his most popular work. It had been published in six London editions previously to this New York edition. Giles wrote several other legal works including in 1729, "A New Law Dictionary". In 1768, Hugh Gaine was appointed public printer to the Province of New York. Soon after, he became the official printer of the City of New York. Evans 10935. Ford, The Journals of Hugh Gaine, volume I, p. 118.
Condition: Very Good(-)