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Author:      Ley, James
Title:       Reports of Divers Resolutions in Law, Arising upon Cases in the
             Court of Wards
Publisher:   Printed by Tho. Roycroft for H. Twyford, Tho. Dring [etc.],
             London, 1659.
Description: The well-regarded and only contemporaneously printed reports and
             treatise devoted exclusively to the Court of Wards and Liveries,
             the financially important and controversial court which flourished
             for over a century after its formation by Henry VIII
Condition:   ?Contemporary calf, very worn, rebacked; sound
Book No.:    W-48291                Price: $     650.00
Category:    reports of cases, Lunatics, infants, insanity, reports of cases, reports of cases, reports of cases
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Author:      Burn, Richard
Title:       The History of the Poor Laws: With Observations
Publisher:   Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan . . . for A. Millar, London,
             1764.
Description: Only edition of the principal early work on the poor laws,
             valuable for its history, its proposed reforms, and (in
             Holdsworth's words) its "exceptionally competent" vetting of
             earlier reform proposals, including those of Hale and Fielding
Condition:   Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, title a bit dusty, some
             browning and foxing, primarily to the beginning and end of the
             copy, else quite sound
Book No.:    W-70893                Price: $     375.00
Category:    poor law, legal reform
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Author:      Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:       An Abstract of all the penall Statutes which be generall, in force
             and use: Wherein is conteined the effect of all those Statutes,
             which do threaten to the offenders thereof, the losse of life,
             member . . . or other punishment [etc.]. S.T.C. 9532; Beale S79
Publisher:   Printed by Thomas Wight [etc.], London, 1600.
Description: Pulton's first work in a lifetime devoted to the editing of the
             English statutes and the first work to attempt to digest or
             abstract English criminal law, arranged alphabetically and in
             English; four copies in S.T.C. in this country, one imperfect
Condition:   Modern unlettered calf, the title darkened and a bit chipped (no
             text affected), some lightish staining, yet quite crisp and
             usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78382                Price: $    2000.00
Category:    criminal law, Acts
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Author:
Title:       An Act for the Setling of the Postage of England, Scotland and
             Ireland. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the 17th Day of
             September, Anno Domini 1656. Wing E1124. Folio
Publisher:   Printed by Henry Hills and John Field [etc.], London, 1657.
Description: The fundamental act passed by the Second Protectorate Parliament
             (which included Scottish and Irish MP's) extending the reach of
             the post office to Scotland and Ireland, to be re-enacted on
             similar terms in 1660 following the Restoration
Condition:   Original ?self-wraps, disbound, some browning, the inner margin a
             bit chipped, else quite usable, title + 8 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78384                Price: $    1350.00
Category:    Post Office, Acts
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Author:
Title:       The Present Case More fully Stated, as to Time Contracts; And
             particularly those Illegal--Ones For Putting and Refusing of
             Stock, &c. Also the Tendency and Consequence of the late
             Proceedings relating herunto, consider'd [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:   No publisher, London, 1721.
Description: A rare part of the fallout following the South Sea Bubble,
             proposing legislation which potentially could have outlawed all
             species of time-bargain in stocks, increasing greatly the Bubble
             Act's consequences, to be experienced throughout the century
Condition:   Original ?self-wraps, disbound, a bit frayed (all text legible),
             lightly browned, title + pages 3-8, the Taussig copy; one copy in
             ESTC
Book No.:    W-78385                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    fraud
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Author:
Title:       Report from the Select Committee on The Criminal Law of England
             [with] Further Report from the Select Committee on The Criminal
             Law of England. Folio
Publisher:   Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, London, 1824.
Description: The first major Parliamentary effort to reform the criminal law
             based on the ambitious efforts of Anthony Hammond, his proposal to
             reform the law of forgery here "form[ing] the draft code . . .
             appended to the radical 1824 [Parliamentary] report"
Condition:   Modern blue card covers, a very good, tall, clean copy; 288+59
             pages; uncommon, six copies of the first report and five of the
             second in OCLC
Book No.:    W-77729                Price: $     850.00
Category:    criminal law, Forgery, legal reform
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Author:      Herbert, W[illiam]
Title:       Antiquities of the Inns of Court and Chancery: Containing
             Historical and Descriptive Sketches Relative to Their Original
             Foundation, Customs, Ceremonies, Buildings, Government . . . With
             a Concise History of English Law
Publisher:   Printed for Vernor and Hood, Poultry [etc.], London, 1804.
Description: A large paper copy (295mm x 220mm), the edges untrimmed; with the
             24 engraved plates
Condition:   Contemporary 3/4 calf, rebacked, some foxing, else a good copy
Book No.:    W-57408                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    Inns of Court
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Author:      Dugdale, William
Title:       Origines Juridiciales, or Historical Memorials of the English
             Laws, Courts of Justice, Forms of Tryal, Punishment in Cases
             Criminal, Law-Writers, Law-Books . . . Innes of Court and Chancery
             [etc.].  Second edition
Publisher:   Printed by Tho. Newcomb, for Abel Rober, John Martin [etc.],
             London, 1671.
Description: The foremost early treatise devoted to the history of the legal
             profession (particularly to the Inns of Court) still of value,
             termed "a pioneering work . . . and influential" by Dr. Baker and
             "the chief authority" by Holdsworth; with the six plates
Condition:   Contemporary calf, worn, joints cracked, else a sound copy
Book No.:    W-63682                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    Inns of Court, criminal law, biography
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Author:      Cumming, Sir John
Title:       A Contribution Towards a Bibliography Dealing with Crime and
             Cognate Subjects. Third Edition
Publisher:   Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District, New Scotland Yard,
             London, 1935.
Description: The third edition of a work first published in 1914, covering a
             fifty year period, arranged by subject with cross-indexes by
             author, geography and subject, emphasising England and the
             Commonwealth
Condition:   Original limp wraps, interleaved, showing wear; a usable copy
Book No.:    W-20498                Price: $      45.00
Category:    Bibliography, criminal law
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Author:      Selden, John
Title:       Titles of Honor. Second edition. S.T.C. 22178
Publisher:   Printed by William Stansby for Richard Whitakers [etc.], London,
             1631.
Description: Second edition of Selden's first major work, his monumental effort
             devoted to peerage law, heraldry and genealogy, appearing shortly
             after he was called to the bar, treating not only of England but
             of the ancient world and of foreign empires
Condition:   Contemporary blind-ruled calf, later label, initials "I B" in gilt
             on both boards, bottom of spine chipped and the title dusty, else
             a very good copy
Book No.:    W-76792                Price: $     950.00
Category:    law of heraldry
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Author:      Sheppard, William
Title:       Sheppard's Precedent of Precedents. Or, One General Precedent for
             Common Assurances by Deeds; Modernized and Adapted to the
             Principles of Present Practice of Conveyancing. By Thomas Walter
             Williams, Esq. of the Inner Temple, Barrister at Law
Publisher:   Printed for George Wightman, Fleet Street, London, 1825.
Description: The final edition of Sheppard's most successful work in which (as
             counsel to Cromwell) he proposed the reform of English land law,
             here modernized and collated with Sheppard's "Touchstone", as the
             movement for land reform resumed in the 19th century
Condition:   Contemporary 3/4 calf, rubbed, marginal staining and a bit of
             fraying to the title and some other leaves, but a good usable copy
Book No.:    W-76797                Price: $     450.00
Category:    conveyancing
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Author:      Spelman, Henry
Title:       De Sepultura. Wing S4924. Quarto
Publisher:   Printed by Robert Young, and are to bee sold by [two others],
             London, 1641.
Description: First edition of Spelman's last work, part of his singular effort-
             -as "chief architect [of] one of the great experiments in reform
             of the Stuart governments"--leading the commission inquiring into
             excessive fees charged by officials of all kinds
Condition:   Some browning and staining, a number of early careful marginal
             annotations, disbound; 38 pages, with both the first and last
             blanks
Book No.:    W-73459                Price: $     450.00
Category:    
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Author:      Spilsbury (comp.), William H.
Title:       The Catalogue of the Printed Books in the Library of the Hon.
             Society of Lincoln's Inn
Publisher:   Printed for the Society, London, 1859.
Description: The copy presented by Lincoln's Inn to Chetham's Library,
             Manchester, with its pictorial bookplate recording the
             presentation on the front pastedown and its discreet circular
             ownership stamp elsewhere
Condition:   Original pebbled cloth, rebacked, some foxing, but quite sound
Book No.:    W-65297                Price: $     650.00
Category:    Bibliography, Inns of Court
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Author:      Richardson, Robert
Title:       The Attorney's Practice in the Court of King's Bench: Or, An
             Introduction to the Knowledge of the Practice of that Court . . .
             With Variety of useful and curious Precedents in English, settled
             or drawn by Counsel [etc.]. Sixth Edition. Two Volumes
Publisher:   Printed by His Majesty's Law-printers [etc.], London, 1776.
Description: The edition appearing while both Blackstone and Mansfield were on
             the bench, praised by Holdsworth as a "better and a more orderly
             account" than its predecessors, its second volume largely
             comprised of forms attributed to the lawyers creating them
Condition:   Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, definite browning and
             foxing , a sound usable set only
Book No.:    W-76006                Price: $     450.00
Category:    English Law
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Author:      Maxwell (comps.), W. Harold and Leslie F.
Title:       A Sweet and Maxwell's Legal Bibliography of the British
             Commonwealth of Nations. Volume 4. Irish Law to 1956. Second
             Edition
Publisher:   John Rees, London, 1990.
Description: The volume of the pre-eminent legal bibliography of the English-
             speaking world and the former British Empire devoted to Ireland;
             other volumes in the set and the entire set are also available--
             please inquire
Condition:   The 1990 facsimile reissue of the second edition of 1957
Book No.:    W-50597                Price: $      55.00
Category:    Bibliography
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Author:      Sugden, Edward
Title:       A Concise and Practical Treatise of the Law of Vendors and
             Purchasers of Estates. [Twelfth Edition]
Publisher:   S. Sweet, 1, Chancery Lane, London, 1851.
Description: First edition under this title of Sugden's classic work, as he
             sought to compress its essence into one volume, in Holdsworth's
             words "the first work ever published on th[e] subject [and] an
             immediate success"; uncommon, five copies in OCLC in the USA
Condition:   Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, a few stray pencil markings and
             a bit of foxing, else a very good copy
Book No.:    W-76008                Price: $     350.00
Category:    Commercial Law, Real Property
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Author:      Nelson, William
Title:       Lex Maneriorum: Or, the Law and Customs of England, Relating to
             Manors and Lords of Manors, their Stewards, Deputies, Tenants, and
             others . . . Of the Lords Right to Deodands, Felons Goods, Waifs,
             Estrays, Wrecks, and Goods of Felo de se [Suicides] 2d ed
Publisher:   Printed by E[lizabeth] and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London,
             1733.
Description: Second edition reissue of Nelson's sole work on copyhold, land
             tenure, manors, and their courts, arranged alphabetically by
             subject and with what Holdsworth terms an "interesting historical
             preface"; one of the early works printed by Elizabeth Nutt
Condition:   Contemporary sheep, quite worn and scraped, the front joint
             cracking and the label effaced; a clean working copy only, with
             the advertising leaf
Book No.:    W-77750                Price: $     175.00
Category:    copyright
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Author:      Comyns, John
Title:       Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Courts of King's
             Bench, Common Pleas and Exchequer: To which are added Some Special
             Cases in the Court of Chancery . . . In the Reigns of King
             William, Queen Anne, King George the First, and his Present
             Majesty
Publisher:   Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for D. Browne [and two others],
             London, 1744.
Description: First edition of the reports of Comyns, a serjeant and judge,
             compared favorably by Holdsworth ("far fuller and more
             illuminating") and published from Comyns' manuscript as translated
             by his nephew of the same name from Comyns' original Law French
Condition:   Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, else a superior copy with the
             frontispiece, from the Macclesfield Library with the signature of
             Thomas Clarke
Book No.:    W-77752                Price: $     650.00
Category:    reports of cases
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Title:       The Whole Proceedings on the Trial of . . . John Stockdale; for a
             Libel on the House of Commons . . . To Which is Subjoined, An
             Argument in Support of the Rights of Juries [bound with] Four
             Letters on the Subject of Mr. Stockdale's Trial [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed for John Stockdale, Opposste [sic] Burlington-House [etc],
             London, 1790.
Description: Conceivably Erskine's most important argument in defense of
             freedom of the press, leading up to the enactment of Fox's Libel
             Act; with Erskine's equally famed argument in the Dean of St.
             Asaph case, arguing for jury determination of libel, appended
Condition:   Later 3/4 blue calf, somewhat rubbed, but a good, crisp copy
Book No.:    W-61310                Price: $     750.00
Category:    criminal law, trials
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Author:
Title:       Statutes made in the Parliamente . . . in the first yere of . . .
             Edward VI [with the statutes of 2 and 3 Edw VI, 3 and 4 Edw VI, 5
             and 6 Edw VI, and 7 Edw VI]. Five Volumes. S.T.C. 9421, 9423,
             9429.7, 9437.5, and 9440.2. Folio
Publisher:   [1, 2, and 3] Richard Grafton; [4 and 5] Richard Tottel, London,
             1547-70.
Description: A collection of all the legislation of Edward VI's five
             parliaments, spanning his entire reign from 1547 to 1553,
             including that abolishing witchcraft, producing the Anglican
             Church's first prayer book, and increasing protection to accused
             traitors
Condition:   Modern 1/4 and 3/4 differently colored calf and morocco,
             occasional staining and repairs, else quite clean with ample
             margins; the Taussig copies
Book No.:    W-78702                Price: $    5000.00
Category:    Acts, Parliament, witchcraft, criminal law, Ecclesiastical Law
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Author:      Leach, William
Title:       First A Safegard and a Stay for Sheriffs, Bayliffs, Serjeants at
             Mace, and such Officers. Or Their Well doings Justified, and their
             Evill actings Abolished . . . Thirdty [sic] And for Honest
             Executors and Administrators from paying [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed by E. Cotes, in the Year 1652, London, 1652.
Description: A rare tract written by the Middle Templar whose works "together
             outlined a programme for the reform of the entire English legal
             system", here focusing on local officials, executors,
             administrators, and maritime law; one copy in ESTC, none in the UK
Condition:   Recent 1/4 vellum interleaved, repairs to the lower margins, the
             text legible, with the Fairfax of Cameron bookplate; the Taussig
             copy
Book No.:    W-78708                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    legal reform, sheriffs, Wills, maritime law
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Author:      Taylor, John (attr.)
Title:       A Letter from Rhoan in France Written by Doctor Roane one of the
             Doctors of the late sicke Commons, to his Fellow Doctor of the
             Civill Law . . . With an Ellegy written by his owne hand upon the
             death and buriall of the said Doctors Commons. Wing T473B
Publisher:   Printed in this happy yeare, 1641, London, 1641.
Description: The rare, salacious satire, partly in verse, attributed to the
             "Water Poet", John Taylor, cast in the form of a confessional
             letter and elegy written by William Roane, the allegedly corrupt
             advocate of Doctors Commons who had fled to France
Condition:   Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some uneven browning and the
             margins cut close, else well-preserved and textually complete; the
             Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78709                Price: $    1750.00
Category:    Doctors Commons, humor, Poetry
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Author:      Strange, John
Title:       Reports of Adjudged Cases In the Courts of Chancery, King's Bench,
             Common Pleas and Exchequer, From Trinity Term in the Second Year
             of King George I. to Trinity Term in the Twenty-first Year of King
             George II [etc.]. Third Edition. Two Volumes
Publisher:   Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall [etc.], London, 1795.
Description: An imperfect, working set at best, textually complete only, one or
             more index leaves lacking, one title page defective, the sewing
             gone in volume one, and some pages loose
Condition:   Contemporary calf, heavily reinforced with tape, two boards
             detached but present; a clean working set
Book No.:    W-91405                Price: $      75.00
Category:    reports of cases
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Author:      Forster?, Nathaniel
Title:       An Answer to a Pamphlet Entitled, "The Question Stated, Whether
             The Freeholders of Middlesex forfeited their Right by Voting for
             Mr. Wilkes at the last Election? In a Letter from a Member of
             Parliament to one of his Constituents" [etc.]. Not in Eller
Publisher:   Printed for James Fletcher [and two others] [etc.], London, 1769.
Description: Part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament,
             the postscript possibly by Blackstone, accused of saying one thing
             in his 'Commentaries' and another as a Member of Parliament, in
             Ian Doolittle's words "caught leaden-footed in debate"
Condition:   Disbound, laid into modern marbled wraps, some foxing and the
             margins cut somewhat close, a sound copy; 38 pages, without the
             half title
Book No.:    W-77763                Price: $     750.00
Category:    Parliament, Radicals
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Author:      Wentworth, John
Title:       A Complete System of Pleading: Comprehending the Most Approved
             Precedents and Forms of Practice; Chiefly Consisting of Such As
             Have Never Before Been Printed [etc.]. Ten Volumes [complete]
Publisher:   Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, London, 1797-
             99.
Description: A work highly praised by Holdsworth, who terms it "a great
             collection [and] [b]y far the most elaborate book of this kind",
             in some cases naming the counsel responsible for drafting the
             pleadings, and providing their accompanying advice or opinion
Condition:   Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite worn, some boards
             detached, occasional staining, generally a clean working set only
Book No.:    W-76024                Price: $     450.00
Category:    pleading
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Author:      Staundforde, Guilliaulme
Title:       Les Plees del Coron, diuisees in plusors titles & comon lieux. Per
             queux home plus redement & plenairement trouera quelque chose quil
             quira, touchaunt les dits Plees [etc.]. S.T.C. 23222; Beale T489
Publisher:   Imprinted . . . within temple Barre . . . By Richard Tottel,
             London, 1574.
Description: The penultimate 16th century edition (of five) of the first
             treatise on English criminal law, culminating a century-long
             movement centered in the Inns of Court, a work which, in Dr.
             Baker's words, "may well have become an assize judge's vade mecum"
Condition:   Sevententh century unlettered sheep, rubbed, slightly bowed, three
             faint circular stamps, yet a very good crisp clean copy
Book No.:    W-76025                Price: $    1750.00
Category:    criminal law
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Author:
Title:       A Circumstantial Report of the Evidence and Proceedings upon the
             Charges Preferred against His Royal Highness the Duke of York in
             the Capacity of Commander in Chief . . . With all the other
             Documents produced in the Course of the Investigation [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed for James Cundee, Ivy-Lane, Paternoster-Row, London, 1809.
Description: The transcript of the proceedings in the House of Commons forcing
             the resignation of George III's second son, Frederick Augustus, as
             Commander in Chief, unwittingly caught in the web of his
             mistress's successful influencing-peddling efforts
Condition:   Later 3/4 morocco, rubbed, some embrowning; quite a good copy
Book No.:    W-59041                Price: $     250.00
Category:    trials
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Title:       The Whole Proceedings on the Trial of . . . John Stockdale; for a
             Libel on the House of Commons . . . To Which is Subjoined, An
             Argument in Support of the Rights of Juries
Publisher:   Printed for John Stockdale, Opposste [sic] Burlington-House [etc],
             London, 1790.
Description: Conceivably Erskine's most important argument in defense of
             freedom of the press, leading up to the enactment of Fox's Libel
             Act; with Erskine's equally famed argument in the Dean of St.
             Asaph case, arguing for jury determination of libel, appended
Condition:   Contemporary calf backed boards, joints splitting; sound
Book No.:    W-16938                Price: $     650.00
Category:    criminal law, trials
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Author:
Title:       The Grand Concern of England Explained; in Several Proposals
             Offered to the Consideration of the Parliament. 1. For Payment of
             Publick Debts. 2. For Advancement and Encouragement of Trade. 3.
             For Raising the Rents of Lands [and XIII others]. Wing G1491
Publisher:   N.p., London, 1673.
Description: A worthy series of proposed reforms, several legal, including
             courts to settle common disputes, transaction registers, and
             methods to prevent the "knavery of bankrupts", all providing
             illuminating, immediate detail of English social life and strife
Condition:   Early marbled wraps, somewhat faded and chipped, but quite sound
             and very crisp, without the first and last blanks; the Taussig
             copy
Book No.:    W-78711                Price: $    1100.00
Category:    legal reform, Parliament, bankruptcy, Real Property
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Author:      Theobald, William
Title:       A Practical Treatise on the Law of Principal and Surety,
             Particularly with Relation to Mercantile Guaranties, Bills of
             Exchange, and Bail Bonds
Publisher:   S. Sweet, Chancery Lane, Stevens and Sons, Bell Yard [etc.],
             London, 1832.
Description: Only English edition of a work based on lectures delivered at the
             University of London by an Inner Temple barrister, seemingly the
             only part of his ambitious plan to "put in an institutional form"
             the private commercial law of England
Condition:   Contemporary boards, printed paper label, front joint just
             cracking and a bit tender, else a very good, untrimmed,
             unsophisticated copy
Book No.:    W-76039                Price: $     350.00
Category:    Agency, Bills and Notes, Bail and Bail Bonds, Commercial Law
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Author:      Fearne, Charles
Title:       An Essay on the Learning of Contingent Remainders and Executory
             Devises [etc.]. The Fourth Edition. Two Volumes [complete] [bound
             with] Copies of Opinions Ascribed to Eminent Council . . .
             Addressed to the . . . Earl of Mansfield. A New Edition
Publisher:   Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall [imprint varies] [etc.],
             London, 1791-95.
Description: A valuable edition of a "classic [written by] one of the great
             real property lawyers of [the 18th] century", in Holdsworth's
             words, the first volume Fearne's last, and the second John Joseph
             Powell's first; with the rare 'Copies', two copies in ESTC
Condition:   Contemporary calf, the spine ends of volume one a bit chipped,
             some marginal staining, else a superior set; with upwards of 14
             cancels not noted in ESTC
Book No.:    W-72838                Price: $     850.00
Category:    Real Property, Wills
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Author:      Molloy, Charles
Title:       De Jure Maritimo et Navali: or, a Treatise of Affairs Maritime and
             of Commerce [with "West Doore" in the imprint]. Not in Wing;
             compare Wing M2395
Publisher:   Printed for John Bellinger in Cliffords-Inn Lane [etc.], London,
             1676.
Description: The rare variant of the first edition of the most popular of all
             the early works on maritime law, written by Molloy, a member of
             both Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn, and "the first important
             English common lawyer to write a book about the law merchant"
Condition:   Contemporary mottled calf, rubbed, rebacked, two leaves with paper
             flaws, else quite crisp, six copies in ESTC, none in a law
             library; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78721                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    maritime law
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Author:      Lambarde, William
Title:       A Perambulation of Kent: Conteining the description, Hystorie, and
             Customes of that Shyre. Collected and written . . . in the yeare,
             1570 . . . and nowe increased by the addition of some things which
             the Authour him selfe hath observed [etc.]. STC 15175.5
Publisher:   Imprinted . . . for Ralphe Newberie . . . in Fleetestreet [etc.],
             London, 1576.
Description: The rare first edition variant of the first English county
             history, "pioneer[ing] the writing of local history" in England,
             praised as based on wide and critical reading and "packed with
             learned information [and] eminently readable"
Condition:   Modern calf, the spine extra gilt, red edges, well preserved and
             with good margins, with the map, one copy in ESTC in North
             America; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78727                Price: $    4500.00
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Author:      Nelson, William
Title:       The Law of Evidence: Wherein All the Cases that have yet been
             printed in any of our Law Books or Tryals, and that in any wise
             relate to Points of Evidence, are collected and methodically
             digested under their proper Heads [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1717.
Description: First edition of the first work exclusively devoted to the English
             law of evidence, as evidence became an area of law treated as a
             distinct subject matter, with three chapters on witnesses, one on
             written evidence, and one on criminal law, inter alia
Condition:   Contemporary calf, rubbed, label lacking, slightly strained and
             light browning, yet a crisp usable copy; with two advertising
             leaves
Book No.:    W-77781                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    Evidence
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Author:      Shower, Bartholomew]
Title:       Cases in Parliament Resolved and Adjudged, upon Petitions, and
             Writs of Error.
Publisher:   Printed for A. and J. Churchill, at the Black Swan [etc.], London,
             1698.
Description: First edition of the first reports of cases in the House of Lords,
             appearing when it had become the final court of appeal; the
             reports were found to be a breach of privilege, resulting in no
             further reports for almost a century
Condition:   Contemporary calf, front joint cracking, else quite desirable
Book No.:    W-16953                Price: $     650.00
Category:    Parliament, reports of cases, Supreme Court
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Title:       The Case of Insufficiency Discuss'd; Being the Proceedings at
             Large, Touching the Divorce between the Lady Frances Howard, and
             Robert Earl of Essex, upon a Bill of Complaint exhibited by the
             Countess against the Earl . . . for Impotency [etc.]. Straus p.217
Publisher:   Printed for E. Curll, at the Dial and Bible . . . in Fleet-street,
             London, 1711.
Description: A sensational trial in English history, borrowing from Thomas
             Aquinas's doctrine that witchcraft could make a man selectively
             impotent and nullify a marriage, this early Curll printing of it
             part of his revolutionizing of English obscenity law
Condition:   Modern cloth-backed boards, gilt-lettered, a good tall copy, with
             the half-title
Book No.:    W-77782                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    divorce, obscenity, witchcraft
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Author:      Lechford, Thomas
Title:       Plain Dealing or News from New England
Publisher:   J.K. Wiggin & Wm. Parsons Lunt, Boston, 1867.
Description: The first book (here in its last and best edition) written by a
             lawyer practising in this country, originally appearing in London
             in 1642; one of 35 Royal Quarto copies signed by the publishers
Condition:
Book No.:    W-16954                Price: $     750.00
Category:    colonies, New England, 17TH CENTURY
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Author:      Adam, Hargrave L.
Title:       The Police Encyclopaedia. With a Preface by Sir Robert Anderson,
             K.C.B., L.L.D., Late Chief of the Criminal Investigation
             Department, New Scotland Yard. Eight Volumes [complete]
Publisher:   The Waverley Book Company, Ltd. 7-8, Old Bailey, E.C., London,
             1910?].
Description: A work containing "a mass of information about the origin, growth
             and present organization of our British Police Forces [written]
             with a literary freshness" and extensively illustrated, each
             volume with two dozen or more plates
Condition:   Original light-blue cloth, gilt, somewhat worn and some volumes
             spotted, else a good usable set
Book No.:    W-91426                Price: $     450.00
Category:    Police
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Author:      Holdsworth, W.S.
Title:       A History of English Law. Volumes 1-9 [of 17] [with] Tables and
             Index by Edward Potton [Ten Volumes]
Publisher:   Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1924-56.
Description: Holdsworth's history as originally conceived, "a continuous
             History of English Law as a whole down to 1700", comprising the
             work's first nine volumes; with Potton's index, "enormously
             increas[ing] the value of the History" in Holdsworth's words
Condition:   Original cloth, gilt, occasional underlining, some volumes ex-
             library, volume six particularly worn; a good working set
Book No.:    W-74442                Price: $     750.00
Category:    English Law
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Author:      Dowdeswell, William
Title:       The Sentiments of an English Freeholder, on the Late Decision of
             the Middlesex Election. Not in Eller. Quarto
Publisher:   Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Maall, London, 1769.
Description: Only edition of a pro-Wilkes tract, calling the "Case Considered"
             (attributed on occasion to Blackstone) "very full and very
             learned" but irrelevant, and concluding with an express citation
             to Blackstone's Commentaries in support of seating Wilkes
Condition:   Modern marbled wraps, very light browning, and the half-title
             somewhat dusty, else a very good copy; 60 pages
Book No.:    W-77788                Price: $     650.00
Category:    Parliament, law of elections
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Author:      Cunningham, Timothy
Title:       The Law of Simony: Containing, All the Statutes, Cases at Large,
             Arguments, Resolutions, and Judgments concerning it [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed by His Majesty's Law-Printers [etc.], London, 1784.
Description: The only work on the English law of simony (the form of
             ecclesiastical corruption said to have been named after Simon
             Magus), "an intelligent summary" in Holdsworth's words, with much
             discussion of its criminal nature and its association with perjury
Condition:   Contemporary sprinkled polished calf, gilt, some sidenotes just
             shaved (the sense preserved), else a lovely bright fresh copy;
             with the half-title
Book No.:    W-74445                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    Ecclesiastical Law, criminal law
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Title:       Printed Document filled in as appropriate appointing Henry Chitty
             administrator of the estate of his sister, issued under the
             authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury and extracted from their
             records by a Proctor of Doctors Commons, dated 22 June 1810
Publisher:   Registry Court of Canterbury, London, 1810.
Description: The authorization empowering Chitty to administer the estate of
             his sister, who had died intestate, signed by three Deputy
             Registers, with a stamp affixed guaranteeing, under penalty of 100
             pounds, that Chitty had sworn the information as truthful
Condition:   Vellum, measuring about 6x7 inches, one horizontal fold, with the
             seal, defective and effaced, appended, the manuscript in ink faded
             but legible
Book No.:    W-77789                Price: $     125.00
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Author:      Levy, Hermann
Title:       Monopolies, Cartels and Trusts in British Industry
Publisher:   Macmillan and Co., Limited, London, 1927.
Description: Ex-Marx Memorial Library, with its dramatic bookplate on the front
             paste-down
Condition:   Brown pebbled cloth, gilt, a bit dusty, but a sound copy
Book No.:    W-90485                Price: $      35.00
Category:    Cartels
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Title:       The Law of Securities. Being A Methodical Treatise of all the Laws
             andStatutes relating to Bills Obligatory, Bonds [and] . . . all
             Manner of Engagements for Money . . . Pawns, Pledges, and Usury .
             . . To which are added, The Laws against Bankrupts [etc.]
Publisher:   Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1722.
Description: First edition of a rare work of ambitious scope, treating of all
             kinds of commercial securities, including bonds and conditions,
             recognizances, mortgages, collateral securities, and then the
             related matters of pawns, pledges, usury, and bankruptcy
Condition:   Contemporary unlettered calf, quite rubbed, else very clean with
             ample margins and in original state, two copies in ESTC; the
             Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78730                Price: $    1500.00
Category:    Bills and Notes, Pawnbroking, law of usury, bankruptcy, securities
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Author:      Blackstone, William
Title:       An Essay on Collateral Consanguinity, It's Limits, Extent, and
             Duration; More particularly As it is regarded by the Statutes of
             All Souls College in the University of Oxford. Eller 236; Laeuchli
             547 [her first issue]
Publisher:   Printed; and sold by W. Owen near Temple-Bar [etc.], London, 1750.
Description: First edition of Blackstone's first legal work, written when he
             was twenty-seven, "denot[ing] considerable research ability in the
             fields of civil and canon law", and proposing that all applicants
             to All Souls be equally considered without preference
Condition:   Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning, else a very
             good copy, with the half-title and the table of consanguinity; the
             Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78732                Price: $    3500.00
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Author:      Cumberland, Richard
Title:       De Legibus Naturae Disquisitio Philosophica, In qua Earum Forma,
             summa Capita, Ordo, Promulgation, & Obligatio e rerum Natura
             investigantur; Quinetiam Elementa Philosphiae Hobbianae, Cum
             Moralis tum Civilis, considerantur & refutantur. Wing C7580
Publisher:   Typis E. Flesher, Prostat vero apud Nathanaelem Hooke [etc.],
             London, 1672.
Description: First edition of Cumberland's "magisterial treatise on natural
             law", written in partial rebuttal of Hobbes, influential upon
             Pufendorf, and, in the view of some, qualifying Cumberland as "a
             forerunner, if not the founder, of English utilitarianism"
Condition:   Contemporary calf, rebacked, the boards somewhat marked and
             stained, else quite clean and well preserved, without the
             imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78733                Price: $    1750.00
Category:    natural law, philosophy of law
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Author:      Malynes, Gerard
Title:       Consuetudo, Vel, Lex Mercatoria, Or The Antient Law-Merchant . . .
             Necessarie for All States-men, Iudges, Magistrates, Temporall and
             Ciuile Lawyers, Mint-Men, Merchants, Marriners, and all others
             negotiating in all places of the World. S.T.C. 17223
Publisher:   Printed by Adam Islip [etc.], London, 1629.
Description: The reissue of the first edition of a pioneering work, Malynes
             "the first Englishman to treat of the Law Merchant as a whole", in
             Holdsworth's words, and thereby introducing English merchants and
             lawyers to the legal doctrines of continental Europe
Condition:   Contemporary speckled unlettered calf, joints cracking but firm,
             ownership signature of Thomas Stone with his initials on the
             boards; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78737                Price: $    3500.00
Category:    international law, maritime law, admiralty
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Author:      Blackstone, William
Title:       The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex,
             Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the
             Authorities of Law. Eller 231 [citing the University of Chicago
             Library copy of 48 pages, as here]. Quarto
Publisher:   Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand,
             London, 1769.
Description: Blackstone's passionate invocation of the common law as the source
             of the House of Common's power to expel a member, and his
             principal contribution to English constitutional law outside the
             Commentaries; not seen by Eller and surprisingly uncommon
Condition:   Modern marbled stabbed wraps, light browning, the half-title a bit
             dusty, else a good, generously margined copy; 48 pages
Book No.:    W-77790                Price: $    2500.00
Category:    English constitutional law
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Author:      Brougham, Henry
Title:       Present State of the Law. The Speech of Henry Brougham, Esq. M.P.,
             in the House of Commons
Publisher:   Henry Colburn, London, 1828.
Description: First edition of Brougham's greatest speech, invoking Bentham
             (whom Brougham had consulted) and setting in motion much of the
             reform of English law to take place in the 19th century
Condition:   Disbound, a bit of dustiness and some foxing to the first and last
             leaves, one signature detached; a usable copy
Book No.:    W-16964                Price: $      75.00
Category:    legal reform
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Author:      D'Anvers, Knightley
Title:       A General Abridgment of the Common Law, Alphabetically Digested
             under Proper Titles . . . With Three Tables: The First, Of the
             several Titles. The Second, Of the Names of the Cases. And the
             Third, Of the Matter under General Heads. Two Volumes. Folio
Publisher:   Printed for . . . John Walthoe [etc.] [imprints vary], London,
             1705-13.
Description: First edition of D'Anvers' translation into English of the
             abridgment of Henry Rolle, "[i]ts scientific method . . . far in
             advance of anything that had preceded it", carried forward to the
             letter "E" and further supplemented but never completed
Condition:   Contemporary calf, a trifle rubbed, occasional light foxing and
             browning, a very good set; compare Cowley 192
Book No.:    W-77796                Price: $    2500.00
Category:    Abridgements
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