by Worrall, John, Compiler
1765. The First Annotated English Legal Bibliography [C] Worrall, John [d. 1771], Compiler. Bibliotheca Legum: Or, A Compleat List of All the Common and Statute Law Books of this Realm, And Some Others Relating Thereunto, From Their First Publication to Easter Term 1765, Giving an Account of Their Several Editions, Antient Printers, Dates, And Price, And Wherein They Differ. A New Edition, With Improvements: To Which is Added, A List of the Principal Scotch Law Books, And Some Relating to Ireland. London: Printed for J. Worrall, 1765. [xii], 133,  pp. Publisher advertisement facing title page. 12mo. (6-1/4" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands to spine. A few scuffs, nicks and minor stains to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges with some wear to corners, hinges partially cracked, owner signature (of Michael Blisteed Westrop dated 1765) to front pastedown, early owner annotations to rear endleaves and pastedown. Light toning to interior, light soiling to a few leaves. $450. * Later edition. The first annotated English legal bibliography, it remains an important reference due to its excellent annotations, many gathered from leading authorities of the time, and comparative bibliographical information. John Worrall, believed to be the first law bookseller, issued the first edition in 1732, and published numerous editions during his lifetime. Friend, Anglo-American Legal Bibliographies 138. English Short-Title Catalogue N43429.
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