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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. [etc.] The fifth edition, with great additions and improvements, and the law-proceedings done into English. To which is annexed, a table of refences to all the arguments and resolutions of the Lord Chief Justice Holt; in the several volumes of the reports. By Giles Jacob, Gent. [bound with] A law grammar, or rudiments of the law: compiled from the grounds, principles, maxims, terms, words of art, rules, and moot-points of our law, in a new, easy, and very concise method. [etc.] By G. Jacob, gent. Author of the New Law-Dictionary. by  Giles (c. 1686-1744) Jacob - First Edition - 1744 - from Nostre Livers (SKU: 000262)

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. [etc.] The fifth edition, with great additions and improvements, and the law-proceedings done into English. To which is annexed, a table of refences to all the arguments and resolutions of the Lord Chief Justice Holt; in the several volumes of the reports. By Giles Jacob, Gent. [bound with] A law grammar, or rudiments of the law: compiled from the grounds, principles, maxims, terms, words of art, rules, and moot-points of our law, in a new, easy, and very concise method. [etc.] By G. Jacob, gent. Author of the New Law-Dictionary.

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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. [etc.] The fifth edition, with great additions and improvements, and the law-proceedings done into English. To which is annexed, a table of refences to all the arguments and resolutions of the Lord Chief Justice Holt; in the several volumes of the reports. By Giles Jacob, Gent. [bound with] A law grammar, or rudiments of the law: compiled from the grounds, principles, maxims, terms, words of art, rules, and moot-points of our law, in a new, easy, and very concise method. [etc.] By G. Jacob, gent. Author of the New Law-Dictionary.

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London: [Law-Dictionary:] [London] In the Savoy: printed by Henry Lintot, (assignee of Edward Sayer, Esq;) for R. Ware, A. Ward, J. and P. Knapton, T. Longman, R. Hett, C. Nitch, J. Hodges, J. Rivington, and J. and H. Pemberton. MDCCXLIV. [1744] [Law Grammar:] In the Savoy: printed by Henry Lintot, (assignee of Edward Sayer, Esq;) for Aaron Ward, at the King's Arms in Little-Britain. 1744., 1744. Leather. Good. Description: Two works bound in volume. Folio-form quarto (14¼ × 9¾ in): t-p., [823] p.; t-p., [2], 35, [1] p. Contemporary calf. · Register: 2º-form 4º: [pi]² a² B-9X²; A-K². · Condition: Boards worn and stained, joints cracked; lower corner of pages somewhat weak; worm trail in lower margin of last 30 leaves or so; inner opening of gathering 8Z heavily soiled. · Comments: Fifth edition of the Law-Dictionary; first edition, variant format, of the Law Grammar. Neither Sweet & Maxwell nor ESTC record a folio edition of the Law Grammar before 1767. Evidently, Aaron Ward, the publisher of the 12mo edition of the Law Grammar, also commissioned a folio version to be bound with copies of the Law-Dictionary, of which he was one of eight publishers. Such a copy is held by the Yale University Library. Cowley also records a copy of the Law Grammar and Law Dictionary at Harvard which has a collective title-page and the Grammar bound before the Dictionary. Although Jacob was the author of over two dozen legal publications, his law dictionary was by far the most successful. First published in 1729, it reached a tenth edition by 1782; revised editions continued to be published well into the nineteenth century. Its success, according to Holdsworth, was due to the fact that it combined a law dictionary with an abridgment. This fifth edition was the last to be published during Jacob's lifetime. In his preface to the Law Grammar, Jacob explains that the title was inspired by Fortescue's likening the study of Latin through its grammatical elements to the study of law through its grounds and principles. The work itself is in six parts: an introduction summarizing the scope, analysis and sources of law; a summary of criminal law; a selection of maxims with a summary of property law; an outline of the adjectival law, describing the courts and the course of their proceedings; definitions of certain key terms or legal concepts; a short discussion of fiction, intendment and presumption. . Title continued: Law-dictionary: "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." Law Grammar: "For the particular instruction of all young gentlemen, either at schools, colleges, or the universities, or if privately educated, attornies clerks, and other persons; whereby they will acquire a great deal more useful law-learning, than by any of the books yet publish'd." · References: Johnson 109 (Grammar) (2 copies), 112 (Dictionary) (12 copies); Holdsworth, HEL 12:176 (Dictionary) & 12:424 (Grammar); Bridgman 169 (Dictionary), 173 (Grammar); Worrall 182; S&M 1:9(33) (Dictionary) & 1:34(45) (Grammar, recording no folio edition until 1767); Cowley 241; ESTC N10185 (Dictionary); N10270 (Grammar in 12mo).

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