Philadelphia: Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., 1847. 1st edition (BEAL 3713; cf Sabin 40798 for the more common 1848 edition). 715, [1 (blank)] pp. 8vo. 9-1/2" x 5-7/8". Modern light brown quarter-leather binding with marbled paper boards. Renewed eps. Binding - Fine. Textblock - VG+ (sporadic light foxing). Item #33534
As a young man, Lewis became a printer, and practiced this business while studying law. At 24, he passed the bar, and soon rose in his profession, as evidenced 2 years later when appointed Deputy Attorney-General of the State of Pennsylvania. Further, in 1832, he was elected a member of the state legislature. 1833 saw his appointment as Attorney-general, and in October that year, President Judge of the 8th Judicial district. In January, 1843, he was made president judge of the 2d district, in 1851 he was elected a justice of the State Supreme Court, and in 1854-7 was Chief Justice.
This the one legalistic book published by this distinguished jurist- the 1847 first edition is quite uncommon, at the time of cataloguing, held by just 6 institutions [per OCLC].