Lexington, KY: John Bradford, 1800. 12mo. xii, 252 pp. Attractive contemporary calf, red morocco spine label [lettering dulled]. With the letterpress bookplate of George Cleveland (1760-1867), early Bourbon County pioneer; and the ownership signature of William B. Branham, Bourbon County magistrate, and later inscription of his descendant T.W. Hedges. Minor chips to front free endpaper, occasional light wear. Very Good.
"An early and valuable legal guide for local and county officers of Kentucky" [Coleman]. It was reprinted in 1820. "John Bradford was not only the first printer of the Blue Grass Commonwealth. but he was also the founder of its first newspaper" [[Wilson, The 'Kentucky Gazette' and John Bradford, its Founder. 31 Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 102-131. 1937.] This early legal treatise, printed in the western frontier, has notable Kentucky provenance,
After introductory remarks on the need for a guide explicitly relating to Kentucky, Bradford explains the meanings of commonly used Latin legal terms. He then in alphabetical order discusses the various topics likely "to come under the notice of Justices of the Peace, (out of court) of Sheriffs, Coroners, and Constables, at as cheap a rate as possible." The topics run from 'Accessory' to 'Witnesses'. The modern reader may find most interesting the section on Slaves, which enunciates a detailed Slave Code. The topics are followed by discussions of legal maxims, actions and remedies, and a detailed Index.
FIRST EDITION. Evans 37034. Coleman 3261. Cohen 7970. McMurtrie 131. Jillson 27. ESTC W12380 [7 locations]. Item #37293