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    Bushrod Washington. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Richmond: Thomas Nicholson, 1798-99.

    First edition. Two octavo volumes. vii, 392, xxxii; vii, 302, 19 pages.

    Contemporary calf with spine titles in gilt on a crimson leather label. Moderate shelf wear, worn corners and tender joints. Contents toned, with some foxing and chipping at the edges, else sound. Later ink signatures on the front pastedown, front free endpaper and upper right margin of the title page. Very good.

    Bushrod Washington was the nephew of George Washington. At the end of 1798 he was appointed to the Supreme Court, taking the place vacated by the death of his law teacher and mentor, James Wilson. He served on the Court until his death in 1829. Because of his preeminence in the Virginia bar, Washington's case reports were highly regarded and were considered particularly thorough and authoritative. Cases decided by the Virginia court in the first years of the Republic were precedent setting and continue to be of interest. In 1802, following the death of Martha Washington, he inherited Mount Vernon and resided there for the rest of his life.

    Evans 34958, 36670.



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