Law Dictionaries from The Lawbook Exchange
Item 4 is a first edition of Thomas Blount's Nomo Lexicon: A Law-Dictionary. Published in 1670, it is one of England's earlier law dictionaries, defining words and terms both modern and old. Blount was prohibited from practicing at the Bar because he was a Catholic, so he took to legal scholarship instead. His work was very successful, supplanting earlier works, and being repeatedly republished through the 18th century. Priced at $2,000.
Item 2 is Beeton's Dictionary of Industries and Commerce by Samuel Orchart Beeton. Beeton was a publisher, but if he is recognized at all today, it is as the husband of Mrs. Beeton. Isabella Mary Beeton, better known simply as "Mrs. Beeton," was the author/editor of articles on management of the household, originally published serially in a magazine, later combined into a book. It provided guidance on running a proper household and was filled with recipes. Mrs. Beeton is one of the most recognized authorities ever in such subjects, while her husband is...well...Mr. Beeton. His book is priced at $200.
Item 42 is the scarce first edition of Vocabularium Juris Utriusque by B. Philippe Vicat, published in 1759. Vicat compiled abridged listings from many previous sources and then filled in the gaps himself, to provide a more complete dictionary. He also provided references to the authority. $1,500.
Giles Jacob produced one of the most important of law dictionaries, The Law-Dictionary. It would be reprinted many times through the 18th century, and then again beginning in 1797 after it was updated by Sir Thomas Tomlins. Item 23 is a second edition from 1732. $1,200. Item 24 is a fifth edition from 1744. $850. Item 25 is a sixth edition from 1750. $850. Item 26 is the first Tomlins edition from 1797. $1,000. Item 27 is the second Tomlins from 1809. $900. Item 28 is the first American edition from 1811. $2,500.
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