Black's Law DictionaryWest Publishing Co.
Item ID: Black's Law Dictionary
Rare Black's Law Dictionary published in 1891 by the West Publishing Company in St. Paul, Minn. - With a unique publisher defect - see note below.
This is the first edition of this important landmark book - NOT A MODERN REPRINT. Tan leather bound. Front and back covers have blindstamped borders. Spine has raised bands, and a red spine label with "BLACK'S LAW DICTIONARY" in gilt letters. Overall condition is very good with minimal wear and dirt, considering its age. The inside is clean and unmarked except for minor brown discoloration along margins of endpapers from contact with the acids in the leather. Official title on title page is "A DICTIONARY OF LAW". Binding is firm. 1253 pages. Date inside is 1891 with no additional dates.
NOTE: This particular book is unique in that it was printed without the alphabet letters in the thumb notches. A typed note dated December 18th, 1909 is included from the West Publishing Company apologizing for allowing this copy to leave their establishment in an imperfect condition (as not having the printed alphabet in the notches). As a solution, the West Publishing Company sent black index labels that could be inserted into the thumb notches. The purchaser of the book did add some of these labels, and left others in the envelope from the publisher. This is a truly special find. As far as we can tell, this is the only copy available with this unique condition.
- Published in 1891 - First edition
- Measures about 10.25" tall by 7" deep.
- Part of our Estate Collection and in very good condition for its age. Minor scratches and scuffing on leather and some wear on the edges. Minor tears inside covers along spine. Please see photos for visual inspection and don't hesitate to contact us if more information is desired.
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