Life of Daniel Webster: Volume 1

D. Appleton

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The final edition of a landmark treatise on patents. Originally published: Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1873. xxxvii, 749 pp.
"The work of Mr. Curtis on the 'Law of Patents for useful inventions, as enacted and administered in the United States of America, ' is one of genuine merits. The fact that it has reached the fourth edition is evidence both of the ability and need of the work. The first edition was issued in 1849, the second in 1854, and the third in 1867. The present edition is a revision and enlargement of the third, and contains references to most of the important decisions in England and in this country. The statute of 1870 is given in full, in addition to the other statutes on the subject. The present edition of this valuable work is quite indispensable to the patent lawyer. Among the recent decisions we notice Maury v. Whitney, 14 Wall. 434, in reference to the expiration of patents; Rubber Company v. Goodyear, 9 Wall. 788, in reference to the extension of patents; Leyman v. Osborne, 11 Wall. 516, in reference to proceedings at the patent office, and unity or diversity of invention. This treatise ranks among the legal classics." -Albany Law Journal 98 (1874) 9: 98
Better known for his Nationalist interpretation of the Constitution, George Ticknor Curtis [1812-1894] was a prominent New York patent attorney and the author of works on admiralty and equity jurisprudence. Some of his notable works include History of the Origin, Formation and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States, with Notices of its Principal Framers (1854), Digest of the English and American Admiralty Decisions (1839), and Rights and Duties of Merchant Seaman (1841).
Curtis, George Ticknor and Joseph Culbertson Clayton. Constitutional History of the United States from their Declaration of Independence to the Close of the Civil War. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1889, 1896. Two volumes. xiii, 774; x, 780 pp. Reprinted 2002 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. LCCN 00-065554. ISBN 1-58477-129-1. Cloth. $250. * Curtis [1812-1894] was a prominent New York patent attorney whose interest in Constitutional matters led to the publication of two works on the subject. Of this, arguably his most important, DAB praises it as "...likely to remain standard. This work is the classic treatment of the Constitution from the Federalist, Websterian point of view." Dictionary of American Biography II:614. Volume I is a revised edition of his first, highly-regarded work on the subject, History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States that was originally published in 1854 and often cited by the Supreme Court. Volume II was edited posthumously from the author's notes, covers the period from the adoption of the Constitution to the close of the Civil War and includes a substantial appendix. The appendix includes numerous historical documents such as The Provisional and Final Constitutions of the Federal States, various anti-slavery tracts published circa 1833, an Analytical Index to the Constitution of the United States and the Amendments thereto, a Bibliography of the Constitution compiled and annotated by Paul Leicester Ford in 1896, which incidentally praises this work: "The two volumes constitute the most convenient apparatus for the study of the Constitution." Each volume is thoroughly indexed.
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