First Edition of Jacob's "Most Enduring and Successful Work"
JACOB, Giles. 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. 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. By Giles Jacob, gent. In the Savoy: Printed by E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling... , 1729.
First edition. Large quarto (12 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches; 318 x 210 mm). Text in two columns. Unpaginated. [772] pp. A-5D4, 5E2.

Contemporary full calf , rebacked. Boards are tooled in blind. Spine with a newer red morocco spine label. Boards rubbed. Previous owner's old ink signature on front free endpaper. Front and rear endpapers, laid-down. Some light toning. Overall a very good copy, internally very clean.

Jacob, Giles (bap. 1686, d. 1744), was a legal and literary author. "Jacob's most enduring and successful work, A New Law Dictionary, first published in 1729. The dictionary had taken nine years to research and write, and set a new precedent by being the first published guide to English law that combined an abridgement of statute law with a dictionary of legal practice and terminology. A New Law Dictionary reached its fifth edition in 1744, the year of Jacob's death;." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography)

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