A System of the Law of Marine Insurances: With Three Chapters on Bottomry; on Insurances of Lives; and on Insurances against Fire. James Allan Park.
A System of the Law of Marine Insurances: With Three Chapters on Bottomry; on Insurances of Lives; and on Insurances against Fire
A System of the Law of Marine Insurances: With Three Chapters on Bottomry; on Insurances of Lives; and on Insurances against Fire
A System of the Law of Marine Insurances: With Three Chapters on Bottomry; on Insurances of Lives; and on Insurances against Fire

A System of the Law of Marine Insurances: With Three Chapters on Bottomry; on Insurances of Lives; and on Insurances against Fire

Philadelphia, (PA): Joseph Crukshank, 1789. First American edition. 8vo. xvi, (8) xliv, 530, (45) pp. Francis Hopkinson's copy, with his ownership signature at the head of the title page and his armorial bookplate on the front pastedown; Hopkinson (1737-1791), lawyer, judge, merchant, author, musician, and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Philadelphia and was the first to earn a diploma at the College of Philadelphia, in 1757. After reading law and spending a year in England, he published a good bit of music and poetry in the 1760s; by late 1773 he had moved to Bordentown, New Jersey, where he took up the law again and rose rapidly, being elected to the Continental Congress in 1776 and signing the Declaration of Independence with other members in July. During the war he held important administrative offices and saw his house in Bordentown plundered by the British. "Though he was not preeminent in any one field the bulk of his attainments is sufficient to make his place in American history secure" (DAB). First published in London, 1787, Park's was the first legal work on insurance written by an English lawyer and the first book on the subject to appear in America. Holdsworth called it "the best text-book upon the law of insurance." A work of great authority, it went through numerous English and American editions and remained the standard text until the middle of the nineteenth century. Evans 22048. Holdsworth "History of English Law" XII, 390. Cohen "Bibliography of Early American Law" 7071. Hinges a little cracked, joints just starting to crack at ends, but a sound copy with an appealing association, the copy of a Signer of the Declaration of Independence who spent some ten years as a judge on various American admiralty courts. Contemporary calf, (rubbed, a little chipping at head of spine, corners bumped), gilt rules and leather label on spine. (#6450). Item #59360

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