New York: Hugh Gaine, 1768. pp iv, 289,  [as issued]. Original calf, rebacked. Several gatherings toned and spotted, else Very Good. With the ownership inscription, "David Gelston's [?] Book | May 24th 1771."
This first American edition, from the seventh London edition, is considered the first layman's self-help law guide printed in America. Jacob calls his book "an instructive treatise, writ in the easiest method, and adapted to every capacity, whereby the unskilful, and those who are ignorant in the practice of the law, may in some measure be their own advisers, and readily avoid the common errors too often happening in the prosecution of suits." It "has been revised and corrected, and many valuable additions inserted."
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. Evans 10935. I Harv. Law Cat. 1035. Marke 248. Marvin 300 [8th London, 1787]. Item #29839