by Trial; Curtis, Benjamin Robbins; Dana, Richard H.
1868. Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1868. Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1868. A Protracted Plagiarism Case Against Richard Henry Dana [Trial]. Curtis, Benjamin Robbins [1809-1874]. Dana, Richard Henry [1815-1882], Defendant. Circuit Court of the United States. District of Massachusetts. William Beach Lawrence (in Equity) vs. R.H. Dana, Jr., Et Als. Closing Argument for the Complainant on the Question of Piracy. B.R. Curtis, J.J. Storrow, For the Complainant on the Question of Piracy. Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1868. vii, -255 pp. Octavo (10-1/2" x 7"). Original printed wrappers. Spine abraded, a few chips to edges, light toning to text. Ex-library. Shelf number and hand-lettered institution name to head of front wrapper, small inkstamp to title page. $650. * Only edition. William Beach Lawrence edited two editions of Henry Wheaton's Elements of International Law. Dana, then the U.S. District Attorney for Massachusetts, was the editor of a later edition. Lawrence accused Dana of plagiarism and initiated a copyright lawsuit that lasted 13 years. The court supported Lawrence in minor matters, such as the arrangement of notes and verification of citations, but maintained that Dana's notes were original. The trial brought together some of the finest legal minds of the era, including Curtis, the former U.S. Supreme Court justice who had dissented in the Dred Scott Case and then resigned from the Court. OCLC locates 11 copies. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1129. (Inventory #: 67266)