Reprint of the first edition of the first American law dictionary. Originally published: Philadelphia: T. & J.W. Johnson, 1839. 2 Vols. 559; 628 pp. Long recognized as a leading authority, all other American law dictionaries are inevitably compared with this one. A concise encyclopedia of Anglo-American law, its outstanding feature is its emphasis on the American elements in the law. The original volumes are quite rare.