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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
Author:
Title:
Ley Sobre Hierros y Senales. Aprobada en 12 de Abril de 1850. En traduccion. Jose H. Scull, Traductor de Estado. Compare Greenwood 167-16 [recording four copies in English, but none in Spanish, as here]
Publisher:
J. Winchester, Impresor de Estado, San Jose, 1850.
Description:
The rare, official, separate printing in Spanish of California's first Act governing brands and marks passed at the state's first legislative session, part of the larger legal and social context already evident on the Overland Trail; one copy in OCLC
Condition:
Original printed self-wraps, five pages, heavily repaired but textually complete and legible, now housed in a protective 1/4 morocco case
Book No.:
W-78806
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
California, agriculture, Acts
Author:
Cunningham, Timothy
Title:
The Law of Bills of Exchange, Promissory Notes, Bank-Notes and Insurances: Containing All the Statutes, Cases at large, Arguments, Resolutions, Judgments, Decrees, and Customs of Merchants concerning them, methodically digested [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for W. Owen, near Temple-bar, London, 1761.
Description:
The second and considerably expanded edition of the first English legal treatise on the subject, comprehensive in its coverage and praised by Holdsworth as "a pioneer book . . . a creditable piece of work [whose] arrangement is clear"
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, without pastedowns as bound, quite clean and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79294
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Bills and Notes
Author:
Title:
An Act For turning the Books of the Law, and All Process and Proceedings in Courts of Justice into English [with] An Additional Act Concerning the Proceedings of the Law in English. Neither in Wing. Folio
Publisher:
[1] Printed by Edward Husband and John Field [2] by John Field, London, 1650 & 1651.
Description:
The far-reaching legislation requiring that the law of England in virtually all its manifestations be in English, a fundamental reform aborted at the Restoration and not largely achieved until the early eighteenth century [in 1731] under George II
Condition:
Pages 1097-1099 and 1339-1341, light browning, disbound, else clean and with ample margins, now preserved in a modern folding case; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78824
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, English Law
 
Author:
Kalman, Laura
Title:
Abe Fortas, A Biography
Publisher:
Yale University Press, New Haven, 1990.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-79329
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
biography, Supreme Court
 
Author:
Philipps, Fabian
Title:
The Reforming Registry, Or A Representation of The very many Mischeifs and Inconveniences which will unavoidably happen by the Needless, Chargeable, and Destructive way of Registries Proposed to be erected in every County [etc.]. Wing P2015. 4to
Publisher:
Printed for Christopher Wilkinson . . . in Fleet-street, London, 1671.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate on land registration in England, reaching an apogee in 17th century England, written by "the sturdy loyalist and student of records" (in Holdsworth's words), with much on Dutch, Scots and Spanish practice
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, morocco label, gilt, considerable browning, else clean and quite usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79337
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Real Property, legal reform, Comparative Law, Holland, SPAIN, SCOTLAND
Author:
Canning (ed.), William
Title:
Gesta Grayorum: Or, The History Of the High and mighty Prince, Henry Prince of Purpoole . . . Duke of High and Nether Holborn . . . Together with A Masque as it was presented . . . for the Entertainment of Q. Elizabeth [etc.]. Wing C444; cf. Gibson 401
Publisher:
Printed for W. Canning, at his Shop in the Temple-Cloysters, London, 1688.
Description:
The sole early edition of the "solemn revel" performed at Gray's Inn in 1594, one of two Elizabethan Inns of Court revels to survive, conjecturally attributed in part to Francis Bacon and long associated with Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors"
Condition:
Modern crimson morocco, gilt, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, light browning, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79305
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Shakespeare, Theatre, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Title:
Anno XXVIII. Henrici VIII. Actes made in the Parliament begunne and holden at Westminster . . . in the xxviii yere [1536] of the reigne of our most drad soueraigne lord kinge Henry y VIII [etc.]. S.T.C. 9396.5 [including this copy]; Beale S179. Folio
Publisher:
?Printed by T. Marsh, London, 1575?.
Description:
Final early printing of the legislation of the first post-Reformation Parliament, including both the Act of Succession to take effect upon the death of Henry VIII and a major change in trying pirates--from proceedings under civil law to trial by jury
Condition:
19th century 3/4 morocco over marbled boards, quite rubbed, title somewhat stained, else quite clean, Edwin Freshfield bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79304
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, equity, WALES, Ecclesiastical Law, law of piracy
Author:
Gardiner, Robert
Title:
Instructor Clericalis: The Second Part. Being a Collection Of most Choice and Usual Presidents for Declarations Both in the Kings Bench and Common Pleas: In Actions of Case, Actions upon Statute, Covenant, Debt . . . Trespass, Trover and Waste [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for T. Bever at the Hand and Star within Temple-Bar, London, 1700.
Description:
A rare edition of the second part of Gardiner's comprehensive work (each part with in its focus), here with an emphasis on actions on the case, including libel and slander, in Holdsworth's words "a mass of useful information on practice and pleading"
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled and decorated unlettered calf, lightly rubbed, else quite well preserved, two copies in ESTC, none online; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79303
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Procedure, libel and slander
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
Author:
Godolphin, John
Title:
A View of the Admiral Iurisdiction. Wherein The most material Points concerning that Jurisdiction are fairly and submissively Discussed. As also Divers of the Laws, Customes, Rights, and Priviledges of the High Admiralty of England [etc.]. Wing G952
Publisher:
Printed by W. Godbid for Edmund Paxton [etc.], London, 1661.
Description:
The rare variant printing (with "Iurisdiction" in the title) of the first edition of the first treatise on the English court of admiralty, Godolphin having been appointed a judge in the court in 1653; four copies in ESTC (one in the USA), none online
Condition:
Early 1/4 calf, a bit rubbed, Edmund Wyndham's copy, with his gloss of the interleaved Laws of Oleron contained in the appendix; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79301
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
admiralty
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury, at the Sessions of the Peace Held for the City and Liberty of Westminster, &c. On Thursday the 29th of June, 1749. Published By Order of the Court, and at the unanimous Request of the Gentlemen of the Grand Jury
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar . . . in the Strand, London, 1749.
Description:
Arguably the most famous grand jury charge ever delivered, "a masterly and assured model of its kind", citing Bracton, Coke, Hale and Hawkins inter alia, and setting forth Fielding's views on the state of English society and its needed reforms
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, the title somewhat browned and with a circular stain, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79299
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges, legal reform, English Law
Author:
Brydall [Bridall], John
Title:
Speculum Juris Anglicani, Or, A View of the Laws of England, As They are divided into Statutes, Common-Law and Customs: Incidentally, Of the Customs appertaining to the Famous City of London, never before Printed [etc.]. Wing B5267
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, Eliz. Flesher and H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1673.
Description:
Only edition (of two variant printings) of Brydall's first introductory treatise on English law, to be followed by his 'Enchiridion Legum' later in the year, "clearly written; and . . . doubtless useful to the students for which they were intended"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, somewhat stained, neatly rebacked, the top margin cut a bit close (no text affected), else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79287
Price:
$ 1400.00
Category:
English Law, Acts, London
Author:
Snagg, Robert
Title:
The Antiquity & Original Of the Court of Chancery, And Authority of the Lord Chancellor of England. Being a Branch of Serjeant Snagg's Reading, upon the 28 Chapter of Magna Charta [etc.]. Wing S4381A [three copies in ESTC, none in North America]
Publisher:
Printed for Henry Seile over against Saint Dunstans Church [etc.], London, 1654.
Description:
Only edition of a rare work, ambitiously seeking to reconcile the power and discretion of the Chancellor in equity with the most famous clause of Magna Carta [chapter 39] guaranteeing a "judgment of peers . . . according to the law of the land"
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the joints rubbed but sound, very light foxing and the title a bit darkened, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79279
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
equity, Magna Carta
Author:
Wentworth, Thomas
Title:
The Office and Duty of Executors. Or, A Treatise of Wils and Executors, directed to Testators in the choice of their Executors, and Contrivance of their Wils. With direction for Executors in the Execution of of[sic] their Office [etc.]. 4th ed. Wing W1360B
Publisher:
Printed by T. Maxey, for Matthew Walbank . . . in Holborn, London, 1656.
Description:
A rare, early edition of the first treatise on executors written from a common law (as opposed to an ecclesiastical law) standpoint, praised by Holdsworth ("a good and popular book") and published well into the 19th century; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled unlettered sheep, quite rubbed and marked, top of spine just chipped, some browning, yet clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79293
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
Non Compos Mentis: Or, The Law Relating to Natural Fools, Mad-Folks, and Lunatick Persons, Inquisited, and Explained, for Common Benefit. Wing B5265
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1700.
Description:
Only edition of the first work exclusively devoted to the English law on these subjects, unusually framed by first stating "Remarks" followed by "Questions" and "Solutions", treating of idiots, those insane, and those insane but with lucid intervals
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt lettered, severely browned throughout (as often), outer margin of title strengthened, usable only; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79284
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
insanity
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
A Guide to Surveyors of the High-Ways, Shewing The Office and Duty of such Surveyors . . . Collected and gathered Out of public Acts of Parliament . . . out of the Year-Books, and other Books of the Municipal Laws of this Kingdom [etc.]. Wing M1799
Publisher:
Printed by W. Rawlins and S. Roycroft [etc.], London, 1694.
Description:
Only edition of the first treatise devoted exclusively to the law of highways and their surveyors, this copy uniquely containing the separate, seemingly unrecorded eight page advertisement (slightly trimmed) of 100+ books printed for William Crooke
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered, blind ruled sheep, quite rubbed, but clean and sound, with the imprimatur leaf, one blank corner of which is torn away
Book No.:
W-79291
Price:
$ 700.00
Category:
law of highways
 
Author:
Wilkinson, John
Title:
The Office and Authority of Coroners and Sheriffs. With Directions how and in what manner to execute the said Offices . . . with an easie and plain Method for the Keeping of Court Leets, Court Barons, and Hundred Courts. Fourth Edition. Wing W2246A
Publisher:
Printed by E. Flesher, J Streater, and H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
Final edition of the first treatise by a named author on both the coroner and on the sheriff, written by a Barnard's Inn attorney and appearing in several editions throughout the century; with separate sections on each officer and on each local court
Condition:
Early calf, gilt lettered, all edges marbled, the spine rubbed, new endpapers, quite clean and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79290
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
coroners, sheriffs, courts
Author:
Holbourne, Robert
Title:
The Learned Readings of Sir Robert Holbourne . . . Upon The Statute of 25 Edw 3 Cap 2 Being the Statute of Treasons. To which is added, Cases of Prerogative, Treason, Misprision of Treason, Felony Written by . . . Francis Bacon. Wing H2373; Gibson 199
Publisher:
Printed for Sam. Heyrick . . . and Matthew Gilliflower [etc.], London, 1681.
Description:
The sole printed Inns of Court reading on the fundamental statute which, in Maitland's words, "[f]rom 1352 to the present day . . . has formed the basis of the law of treason", coupled with Bacon's own 'Cases of Treason' first published in 1641
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, rebacked, the title somewhat chipped and with a repair (no text affected), else crisp, with the errata; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79267
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law, Inns of Court, education

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