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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:      Greene, J.G.J.
Title:       Land and Its Laws! A Few Observations upon the Evils Resulting
             from the Existing System of the Laws Relating to Real Property
Publisher:   James Ridgway, Piccadilly, London, 1850.
Description: A rare reform tract written by an Inner Temple barrister in
             decidely strong language ("[t]he present abstruse and expensive
             system of conveyancing . . . as it came from the hands of
             priestcraft"), blaming the lawyers and advocating title
             registration
Condition:   Self-wraps, disbound, 10 pages, ?presentation copy: "Please take
             notice of the subject / vide your remarks in yesterday's paper";
             no USA copy in OCLC
Book No.:    W-77017                Price: $     350.00
Category:    legal reform, Real Property
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Author:      Hodgkin, John
Title:       Observations on the Proposed Establishment of a General Register
Publisher:   S. Sweet, Law Bookseller and Publisher, Chancery Lane, London,
             1829.
Description: A notable contribution written by a Lincoln's Inn barrister (and
             noted Quaker) during the decades' long debate whether to establish
             a land registry in England, proposing with considerable
             thoroughness a title registry to achieve conveyancing security
Condition:   Modern period-style wraps, repaired and resewn, discreetly ex-
             library, presentation copy--"John Tyrrell Esq / With the Author's
             best Respects"; 55 pages
Book No.:    W-77414                Price: $     350.00
Category:    Real Property
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Author:      Burton, Philip (comp.)
Title:       Cases, With Opinions of Eminent Counsel, in Matters of Law,
             Equity, and Conveyancing . . . Containing, A Variety of Special
             Cases on the Subjects of . . . Contracts, Copyholds, Devises . . .
             and Other Important Branches of Law. Two Volumes. Not in Eller
Publisher:   Printed for E. and R. Brooke, in Bell-Yard, Temple-Bar, London,
             1791.
Description: A rare example of printed collected opinions of counsel, one of
             three identified by John Baker, who notes the shift in which
             "common opinion replaces common erudition", with opinions by
             Blackstone, William Murray, and Dudley Rider, inter alia
Condition:   Contemporary marbled boards, rubbed, rebacked, light browning, a
             very little foxing, new endpapers, a good clean set; the Taussig
             copy
Book No.:    W-79029                Price: $     950.00
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Author:      Phayer, Thomas
Title:       A Booke of Presidentes exactly written in maner of a Register,
             newlye Imprynted and corrected . . . mete for all such persons to
             knowe, as desire to learne the forme and maner howe to make al
             maner of euydences and instrumentes [etc.]. STC 3329; Beale T430
Publisher:   Ex officina Richardi Graftoni, London, 1546.
Description: A rare, very early edition of the first named work of its kind, in
             Holdsworth's words "a comprehensive collection of all manner of
             documents", much enlarged from previous editions with over 150
             additional pages; three copies in ESTC, one imperfect
Condition:   Modern morocco, the original blind-stamped boards remounted, ex-
             library, the title quite darkened, light browning, but quite
             sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-78413                Price: $    6500.00
Category:    conveyancing, Real Property
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Author:      Williams, Joshua
Title:       Principles of the Law of Real Property, Intended As a First Book
             for the Use of Students in Conveyancing
Publisher:   S. Sweet, 1, Chancery Lane, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1845.
Description: The uncommon first edition of a classic work, reaching a 24th
             edition in 1926, in Holdsworth's words, "the book which made his
             name as a real property lawyer", ultimately influential in
             effecting many of the reforms in the 1925 property legislation
Condition:   3/4 calf over marbled boards, rubbed, else well-preserved,
             presentation copy to Lancelot Shadwell, Vice-Chancellor England,
             with his armorial bookplate
Book No.:    W-76813                Price: $     850.00
Category:    Real Property, conveyancing
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Author:      Sheppard, William
Title:       The President of Presidents. Or, One General President for Common
             Assurances by Deeds: Wherein there is contained an Extract or
             Abridgment of all the Readings and Presidents thereof extant. Of
             singular use and profit to all men. Wing S3209. Quarto
Publisher:   Printed by Henry Hills for Humphrey Tuckey [etc.], London, 1655.
Description: First edition of Sheppard's most successful work in which (as
             counsel to Cromwell) he prophetically proposed reforming English
             land law, essentially calling for a standardized form of
             conveyancing which could then be registered throughout the realm
Condition:   Modern 3/4 calf, title and three other leaves strengthened in
             their margins, considerable browning, with a number of early
             annotations; a working copy
Book No.:    W-77970                Price: $     450.00
Category:    conveyancing, legal reform
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Author:      Ross, Walter
Title:       Lectures on the Practice of the Law of Scotland; in Two Volumes
             [complete]. Quarto
Publisher:   Printed for Bell & Bradfute, and Elphingston Balfour, Edinburgh,
             1792.
Description: First edition of Ross's estimable work, described by David Walker
             as "very learned" and "the first attempt to make Scottish
             conveyancing understandable . . . of high authority and cited many
             times in argument, in judgment and in legal writing"
Condition:   Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, quite rubbed and marked, else
             a very good, wide-margined copy; one copy in North America in ESTC
Book No.:    W-77245                Price: $    1250.00
Category:    SCOTLAND
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Author:      Hands, William
Title:       A Practical Treatise on Fines and Recoveries in the Court of
             Common Pleas, at Westminster; with Precedents. Third Edition,
             Corrected and Enlarged
Publisher:   Printed by J. Butterworth & Son, Fleet Street [etc.], London,
             1817.
Description: Penultimate edition of Hands' carefully glossed work upon the
             arcane method of securing certainty in land titles, recognized as
             important by both Maitland and Brunner, "giv[ing] (in Holdsworth's
             words) a clear account of the many [legal] formalities"
Condition:   Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the joints cracking but
             firm, the label lacking, a bit of foxing, yet a clean usable copy
Book No.:    W-76359                Price: $     350.00
Category:    conveyancing
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Author:      Noy, William
Title:       The Compleat Lawyer: Or, A Treatise Concerning Tenures & Estates
             in Lands of Inheritance for Life, and Chattels Real and Personal.
             And How any of them may be Conveyed in a Legal Form, By Fine,
             Recovery, Deed or Word [etc.]. Wing N1446
Publisher:   Printed For S.S. and are to be sold by W. Jacob [etc.], London,
             1670.
Description: An unusually cast work by Noy, attorney general and one of the
             finest lawyers of his day, numbering Hale and Maynard among his
             pupils, with a first part in question and answer format, and a
             second expository; with a prefatory account of Noy's life
Condition:   Early calf, extensively restored and very worn, ex-library, some
             browning and early underlining, yet a crisp, usable copy; without
             the portrait
Book No.:    W-71467                Price: $     650.00
Category:    conveyancing
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Author:      Russell, John
Title:       Theory of Conveyancing
Publisher:   Printed for Charles Elliot, and C. Elliot and T. Kay [etc.],
             Edinburgh, 1788.
Description: The rare first edition of a comprehensive work based upon and
             expanded from Russell's earlier efforts to instruct his son, "the
             Theory of Conveyancing . . . having never hitherto been reduced to
             a regular system"; one copy in North America in ESTC
Condition:   Original paper backed boards, printed paper label, somewhat
             rubbed, else a very good copy in original state, the edges
             untrimmed and partly uncut
Book No.:    W-79273                Price: $     650.00
Category:    conveyancing
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Author:      Sheppard, William
Title:       The President of Presidents. Or, One General President for Common
             Assurances by Deeds . . . Out of which you may . . . be able to
             find the Faults of any Conveyances and so judg of your Right and
             Title to your Lands and Goods [etc.]. Third Edition. Wing 3209B
Publisher:   Printed for B. Pawlet, and are to be Sold by W. Freeman [etc.],
             London, 1684.
Description: Third edition of Sheppard's most successful work in which (as
             counsel to Cromwell) he prophetically proposed reforming English
             land law, essentially calling for a standardized form of
             conveyancing which could then be registered throughout the realm
Condition:   Contemporary sheep, somewhat rubbed, the back board marked, else
             quite clean with good margins and the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig
             copy
Book No.:    W-79302                Price: $     300.00
Category:    conveyancing
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Author:      Fidell, Thomas
Title:       A Perfect Guide for a Studious Young Lawyer. Being Presidents for
             Conveyances . . . Collected [from] The Lord Coke . . . Justice
             Bacon [and seven others] . . . Also divers Copyhold Entries . . .
             with Justice of Peace Business [etc.]. Wing F850
Publisher:   Printed by Tho. Roycroft, for John Place . . . in Holborn, London,
             1658.
Description: The more uncommon edition (of two) of Fidell's only work, its
             contents collected over a period of more than thirty years from
             the "Learned Sages of the Law", certain of its forms distinguished
             with the symbol of a cross as "more then ordinary"
Condition:   Modern calf, some browning, else quite sound, with the ownership
             signature of Sir Frederick Pollock dated 1889 at Lincoln's Inn;
             the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-79327                Price: $     900.00
Category:    introductory law, education, conveyancing, copyright, justices of peace
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Author:      Gardiner, Robert
Title:       Ars Clericalis: The Art of Conveyancing Explain'd; Wherein the
             Nature and Effect of such Deeds and Instruments by which Lands are
             Conveyed from one man to another are are clearly demonstrated
             [etc.]. Second Edition. Wing G238A
Publisher:   Printed by the Assigns of R. and R. Atkyns [etc.], London, 1698.
Description: The much expanded second edition of Gardiner's work, treating
             comprehensively of seventeen separate subjects (feoffments, fines,
             grants, leases, surrenders, and wills, as examples); a rare second
             volume not present here was published the same year
Condition:   Contemporary calf, rubbed, joints beginning to crack, but firm,
             from the Macclesfield Library with its South Library bookplate;
             the Taussig copy
Book No.:    W-79313                Price: $     650.00
Category:    conveyancing
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