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Author:
Atkyns, Robert
Title:
An Enquiry into the Jurisdiction of the Chancery in Causes of Equity [with] The Case of Sir Robert Atkyns . . . upon His Appeal Against a Decree obtain'd by Mrs. Elizabeth Took . . . and others, Plaintiffs in Chancery [etc.]. Wing A4137. Folio
Publisher:
Printed in the Year 1695, London, 1695.
Description:
The last serious effort seeking to limit Chancery's powers, written by "a very learned lawyer" (in Holdsworth's words), but ultimately unsuccessful, as the principles of equitable jurisdiction became fixed during the 18th and 19th centuries
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light foxing and browning, else quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79365
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Title:
Anno xiii Reginae Elizabethe. At the parliament begunne and holden at Westminster the second of Apryll, in the xiii yere of the raigne of our most gratious soueraigne Lady Elizabeth [1571] . . . were enacted as foloweth. S.T.C. 9471.6; Beale S289b. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Richarde Iugge and Iohn Cawood [etc.], London, 1571.
Description:
A rare contemporary printing of the acts of 13 Elizabeth, establishing bankruptcy law's foundations (to remain partly in place until 1925) [c.7], and enacting the statute which was to govern usury law until 1854 [c.8]; three copies in S.T.C.
Condition:
Modern 1/4 crimson morocco, minor marginal staining, lacking the colophon leaf following the pardon, else sound with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79438
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, bankruptcy, criminal law, law of usury
Author:
Powell, Richard R.
Title:
The Law of Future Interests in California
Publisher:
West Publishing Company, St. Paul, 1980.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a very good copy; 91 pages
Book No.:
W-77760
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Real Property, California
Author:
Title:
History of Eugene Aram, Who Was Convicted at York Assizes, of the Murder of Dan'l Clark of Knaresborough, Fourteen Years after the Crime was committed [and the] Singular and Talented Defence he made on his trial [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed and Sold by W.&T. Fordyce, 15, Grey Street, Newcastle, 1840.
Description:
A rare account of the crime immortalized in Bulwer Lytton's novel 'Eugene Aram', "the first English novel in which sympathy is solicited for a real-life murderer", with parallels drawn to Stendhal; no print copy in OCLC, one copy in COPAC
Condition:
Modern gray sewn wraps, light browning, a small hole at the bottom of the last leave affecting a few words, else a very good untrimmed copy; 24 pages
Book No.:
W-77833
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
criminal law, trials
 
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
The Prospects of the American University. Setaro 756
Publisher:
N.p., n.p., 1925?.
Description:
The rare separate printing of Dean Pound's commencement address at Indiana University on June 9, 1925, originally appearing in School and Society, volume XXII, No. 556, on August 22, 1925; one copy in OCLC
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a very good copy; 13 pages
Book No.:
W-78635
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
education
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
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:
Title:
Three Learned Readings Made upon three very usefull Statutes: The First, By . . . Sir James Dyer [of Wills] . . . The Second, By Sir Iohn Brograve [Concerning Jointures] . . . The Third, By Thomas Risden [of Forcible Entry] [etc.]. Wing D2929
Publisher:
Printed for W. Lee, M. Walbancke, D. Pakeman, and G. Bedell, London, 1648.
Description:
Only edition of each reading (all 16th century) and the only instance in which several Inns of Court readings were jointly published, the first (by James Dyer) recently termed by Dr. Baker "the distinguished exposition of the Statute of Wills"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, definite browning and foxing, particularly to the title, some leaves chipped (legibility preserved), just usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79364
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Readings, Wills
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
Camera Regis, Or, A Short View of London Containing the Antiquity, Fame, Walls, Bridge, River, Gates, Tower, Cathedral, Officers,k Courts, Customs, Franchises, &c of that Renowned City. Collected out of Law & History and methodized [etc.]. Wing B5253
Publisher:
Printed for William Crooke . . . without Temple Barre, London, 1676.
Description:
First edition of one of some twenty works by the prolific Brydall, "reflect[ing] a very wide range of jurisprudential expertise", this the copy which he seemingly presented to his father ("Presidio Veritas / ex dono authoris filii / charissimi mei")
Condition:
Modern calf, morocco label, gilt ruled and lettered, light browning, else well preserved, with the bookplate of William Alexander; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79437
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
London
 
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:
Title:
Anno xxiii Reginae. At this present Session of Parliament . . . the xvi day of Ianuarie, in the xxiii yeere of the reigne of . . . Lady Elizabeth [1581] . . . were enacted as followeth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9484 [including this copy]; not in Beale
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1581.
Description:
First printing of this Parliament's acts, as religious tumult swirled through England, mass forbidden and attempts to convert subjects to Catholicism made treason [c.1], with seditious words punished by mutilation and seditious books with death [c.2]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the title darkened, trimmed, and spotted, without the subsidies and pardon (as often), sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79363
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press
Author:
Title:
The Law of Arrests in Both Civil and Criminal Cases: Shewing For what Causes . . . how to raise a Hue and Cry . . . the Nature of Bail, Escapes, Rescues, Breach of Prison . . . Necessary for Sheriffs . . . Debtors, Creditors, Prisoners [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for S. Birt [etc.], [London], 1742.
Description:
The scarce first edition of the only early work on arrest, a much-debated matter fraught with fraud and abuse, drawing the attention of Fielding, Dr. Johnson and Dickens, its restrictions on personal liberty not fully reformed until the 19th century
Condition:
Contemporary calf, crudely (but contemporaneously) backed, worn and a bit strained, browning and definite dustiness, a well-used but sound copy
Book No.:
W-79436
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Procedure, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Opportunities for Negroes in Law. Preface by Harry E. Groves, President, Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio
Publisher:
Central State University Press, Wilberforce, 1967.
Description:
The project initiated by the American Association of Law Schools, with an emphasis on then successful African-American lawyers, with seventy-six individual photographs and brief biographies, including Thurgood Marshall and Constance Baker Motley
Condition:
Original blue printed stapled wraps, a trifle faded, else a very good copy; 58 unnumbered pages
Book No.:
W-77831
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
Discrimination
 
Author:
Pruitt, Paul M., David I. Durham, Sally E Hadden
Title:
Traveling the Beaten Trail: Charles Tait's Charges to Federal Grand Juries, 1822-1825
Publisher:
University of Alabama School of Law, Tuscaloosa, 2013.
Description:
A fine scholarly edition of three grand jury charges delivered by Judge Tait, the Jeffersonian democrat who became Alabama's first federal judge, "offer[ing] exceptional examples of law and legal culture as it was developing on the Alabama frontier"
Condition:
Original printed illustrated wraps, as new, 120 pages; Occasional Publications of the Bounds Law Library Number Eight
Book No.:
W-77830
Price:
$ 20.00
Category:
Alabama, Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
Jus Imaginis Apud Anglos; or The Law of England Relating to the Nobility & Gentry. Faithfully Collected, and methodically Digested for Common Benefit. Wing B5261
Publisher:
Printed for John Billinger . . . and George Dawes [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
Sole edition of one of some twenty works by the prolific Brydall, "reflect[ing] a very wide range of jurisprudential expertise", here devoted exclusively to England's nobility (arranged by rank), with a penultimate section on the Court of Chivalry
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, the lower inch or so of the joints just cracking but very sound; with the royal seal and folding table; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79434
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal [of the Seven Bishops] [with] Atkyns, An Inquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes [with] Atkyns, The Power, Jurisdiction and Priviledge of Parliament [with] Langhorne, King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws
Publisher:
Imprints vary; Wing S564, A4138, A4141, and L396, all folios, London, 1687-89.
Description:
Four works central to English constitutional law and the Glorius Revolution, establishing the right of Parliament to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation and strengthening the power of the jury as the ultimate constitutional arbiter
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, with the portrait and two advertising leaves (one repaired), generally clean and well preserved; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79360
Price:
$ 1000.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Title:
Act for better Securing certain Powers and Privileges intended to be granted by His Majesty by Two Charters for Assurance of Ships and Merchandizes at Sea . . . and for Restraining several Extravagant and Unwarrantable Practices therein mentioned
Publisher:
Printed by John Baskett [etc.], London, 1720.
Description:
The famous act passed in the midst of the South Sea Bubble economic crisis which (in Maitland's words) "seems to scream at us from the statute book", though recent scholarship contends that it was a "done deal" between the Company and the government
Condition:
?Original self-wraps, disbound, title + pages 363-382 [6 Geo I c.18], now preserved in a folding buckram case; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79433
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Acts, Law and the stockmarket, corporations, fraud
Author:
Heale, William
Title:
An Apologie for Women. Or an Opposition to Mr. Dr. G. his assertion . . . That it was lawfull for husbands to beate their wives [with] Henry Swinburne, A Treatise on Spousals, or Matrimonial Contracts [etc.]
Publisher:
Garland Publishing, Inc., New York, 1978.
Description:
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, worn, ex-library, a usable copy only, the 1608 and 1686 editions in facsimile; Classics of English Legal History
Book No.:
W-77901
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
women's law
 
Author:
Exton, John
Title:
The Maritime Dicaeologie; or, Sea Jurisdiction of England. In Three Books. I. Setting forth the Antiquity of the Admiralty of England . . . II. Proving the Ports, Havens, and Creeks of the sea to be within the Jurisdiction of the Admiralty [etc.]. 2d Edition
Publisher:
Sold by J. Worrall . . . near Lincoln's Inn, London, 1755.
Description:
Final edition of one of the three earliest works on English admiralty law (together with those of Godolphin and Zouche), written by Exton when a judge of the Court of Admiralty, in Holdsworth's words "a good history of the court and its jurisdiction"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed, portions of the boards darkened, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79432
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
admiralty, international law
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
Author:
Title:
Anno xliii Reginae Elizabethae. At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster the xxvii day of October, in the xliii yeere of the Reigne of . . . Lady Elizabeth [1601] . . . were enacted as followeth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9496.5
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1601.
Description:
Elizabeth's final parliament, and among her most momentous, enacting the poor law [c.2] remaining in place until 1832 ("explicit in its commands and practically enforceable") and the Charitable Uses Act [c.4], still the basis for England's modern law
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf, lightish browning and staining, else sound with frequent marginal notations; without the subsidies and pardon; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79430
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
poor law, charities, Acts
Author:
Title:
The Perpetual Laws, of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, from the Establishment of its Constitution to the First Session of the General Court, A.D. 1788 . . . Carefully Compared with the Original Acts. Volume One
Publisher:
Printed at Worcester, by Isaiah Thomas, Worcester, 1788.
Description:
An elaborately glossed copy of Isaiah Thomas's pioneering effort to print the Massachusetts laws arranged by subject as conceived by him, with a manuscript index covering much of the title and adjoining leaf and the printed index similarly annotated
Condition:
Original sheep, very worn, back board detaching, with the signature of J. Perkins, perhaps the James Perkins whose mansion housed the Boston Athenaeum
Book No.:
W-78700
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Massachusetts, Acts
Author:
Somers, John
Title:
A Brief History of the Succession, Collected out of the Records, and the Most Authentick Historians. Written for the Satisfaction of the Earl of H.[Halifax]. Wing S4638. Folio. [With line 5 of the title ending "and the"]
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1680.
Description:
First edition of one of the earliest writings of the future Lord Chancellor, vigorously defending the right of Parliament to participate in determining royal succession, "review[ing] in detail the history of the crown's descent, from earliest times"
Condition:
Modern light-green wraps, definite browning, a bit of marginal fraying to the first leaf, else a good copy; 19 pages
Book No.:
W-76888
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Salmon, Thomas (ed.)
Title:
A New Abridgement and Critical Review of the State Trials. Wherein are inserted, Several Trials not in any other Collection . . . Likewise, Remarks are made on each Trial, shewing what the Law in Criminal Cases anciently was [etc.]. 2d Edition. Two Volumes
Publisher:
Printed for J. Leathley, G. Ewing, W. Smith, and P. Crampton etc., Dublin, 1741.
Description:
A major abridgement of the first edition of the state trials, undertaken by the latter's editor, Thomas Salmon, reporting trials spanning more than three centuries; possibly a unique set, the first volume extending to p.482, the second to p.918
Condition:
Contemporary calf, worn and somewhat stained, one gathering loose and the last index leaf frayed, else a good set, the volumes' division not as in ESTC
Book No.:
W-77689
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Abridgements, trials
Author:
Aston, Thomas
Title:
A Collection of Sundry Petitions Presented to the Kings Most excellent Majestie. As Also To the two most Honourable Houses, now assembled in Parliament . . . Published by his Majesties speciall Command. ?Wing A4072 (variant). Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for William Sheares, London, 1642.
Description:
A seemingly unrecognized variant of Aston's "Collection", appearing in at least four other contemporary printings, "as England rapidly slid into civil war"; with the index of the petitions found on the verso of p.43 and without the license to print
Condition:
Modern brown cloth, black morocco label, gilt, light browning and a trace of foxing, ?cancel title, else a very good crisp copy; 43 pages
Book No.:
W-76958
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Author:
Pratt, John Tidd
Title:
The Law Relating to Highways, Comprising the Statute 5 & 6 Will. IV. Cap. 50, (Passed 31st August, 1835,) with Table of Contents, Explanatory Notes, Forms, References, and a Copious Index
Publisher:
Shaw and Sons, 137 & 138, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1835.
Description:
The rare first edition of an enormously successful work, written by the able Inner Temple barrister whose official government functions spanned much of the 19th century, the work itself reaching a 21st edition in 1967; one copy in OCLC in the USA
Condition:
Original boards, printed paper label, quite worn, joints cracking but holding, else a very good, clean, untrimmed copy in unsophisticated state
Book No.:
W-76885
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
law of highways
Author:
Spencer, Thomas
Title:
The Successful Application of the New Poor Law to the Parish of Hinton Charterhouse. Containing: 1. The Aspect of Pauperism Prior to the Passing of the New Poor Law. 2. The Removal of Abuses . . . 3. Some of the Causes of the Outcry Against the New Poor Law
Publisher:
James Ridgway and Son, Piccadilly, London, 1836.
Description:
One of several tracts written by the uncle of Herbert Spencer, singled out by the Webbs as those "which we may mention especially" in support of the New Poor Law, replacing and fundamentally altering the Elizabethan statute enacted in 1601
Condition:
Modern boards, paper label, light foxing and browning, else a good copy; 60 pages
Book No.:
W-76884
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
poor law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
The Case of Patrick Mackay of Scourie, Esq
Publisher:
N.p., Printed in the Year, 1732.
Description:
A rare work, describing in great detail -- from Mackay's point of view -- the events forcing him to flee Scotland so as to avoid creditors (and his arrest) in a series of botched commercial transactions involving him, his brother, and a third party
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, some browning, the title and last leaf moreso, else a good copy, 49+71 pages; one copy in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76883
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
SCOTLAND
Author:
Johnson, Douglas Wilson
Title:
Relation of the Law to Underground Waters
Publisher:
Government Printing Office, Washington, 1905.
Description:
Water-Supply and Irrigation Paper No. 122, Series O, Underground Waters, 35; with a first chapter discussing the applicable law, and a second itemizing legislative acts affecting underground waters, by state
Condition:
Original printed sewn stapled salmon wraps, a trifle worn, occasional browning and a few stray pencil marks, else a very good copy, 55 pages
Book No.:
W-77685
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
water law
Author:
Title:
Presented to the Right Honble Sir George W.W. Bramwell By the Members of the Bar present at a Dinner given to him in the Hall of the Inner Temple. On Tuesday 28th November, 1881. On his Retirement from the Bench
Publisher:
Waterlow & Sons, Limited, London Wall, London, 1881.
Description:
The rare work celebrating the career of Lord Bromwell, "a complete master of the common law", with the arms of the Inns of Court reproduced in color, a sketch of Bramwell as judge, and the speeches of Lord Coleridge and Baron Bramwell himself
Condition:
Contemporary oversized (11 1/2 x 16 inches) morocco, very worn, the boards detached, but its contents quite fresh; three copies in OCLC
Book No.:
W-79289
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
biography, Inns of Court
Author:
Hudson, John
Title:
The Oxford History of the Laws of England, Volume II, 871-1216
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012.
Description:
The second volume in Oxford's ambitious new series under the General Editorship of Sir John Baker, devoted to late Anglo-Saxon England, to Anglo-Norman England, and to Angevin England, concluding with "Magna Carta and the Common Law"
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-78486
Price:
$ 300.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law, canon law, Anglo-Saxon law, MEDIEVAL, Magna Carta
Author:
Manning, William Oke
Title:
Commentaries on the Law of Nations
Publisher:
S. Sweet, 1, Chancery Lane, Law Bookseller [etc.], London, 1839.
Description:
First edition of Manning's "closely reasoned work", inscribed "from the Author" on the front blank, but seemingly Manning's own copy, with some forty annotations in the text (several substantial) and a lengthy note in ?his hand on the rear pastedown
Condition:
Original boards, printed paper label, rubbed and somewhat chipped, else a very good copy in original state, the edges untrimmed
Book No.:
W-79288
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
international law, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
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:
Dalton, Michael
Title:
The Office and Authorities of Sheriffs: Gathered out of the Statutes, and Books of the Common Laws of this Kingdom. To which is added an Appendix or Supplement, containing a Collection of the Statutes touching Sheriffs [etc.]. Wing D153. Folio in 4's
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard Atkins [etc.], London, 1682.
Description:
A late 17th century edition (much expanded) of the first work on the sheriff at English law, comprehensively treating writs, returns, executions and other processes, and the sheriff's relation to the jury, his accounts and subordinates, inter alia
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over cloth boards, lightly rubbed and light browning, else well preserved with particularly ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78484
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
sheriffs
Author:
Title:
A Table to al the Statutes made from the beginning of the raigne of Kyng Edwarde the vi vnto this present xii yeare of the reigne of oure moste gratious and soueraigne Ladye Queene Elizabeth. S.T.C. 9546; Beale S38; Cowley 62
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli. Cum priuilegio, London, 1570?.
Description:
One of two separately printed indexes of English statute law printed in the sixteenth century, expanding upon its one predecessor, and a rare form of legal literature not to recur until 1716 and to remain uncommon until the nineteenth century
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, the title unobstrusively repaired, lightish staining to the lower portion of two leaves, else quite clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79359
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements
Author:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Collection in English of the Statutes now in force, continued from the beginning of Magna Charta, made in the 9 yere of the Reigne of King H.3. untill . . . the 7 yere of the Raigne of our Soueraigne Lord King James [etc.]. S.T.C. 9324; Cowley 112. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Stationers, London, 1611.
Description:
One of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference [and of] enormous success", arranging the statutes alphabetically and far surpassing all previous efforts
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, light browning and a bit of marginal staining, else a very good, clean and tall copy; no copy in a law library in ESTC
Book No.:
W-77827
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
Author:
Story, Joseph
Title:
Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws, Foreign and Domestic, in Regard to Contracts, Rights, and Remedies, and Especially in Regard to Marriages, Divorces, Wills, Successions, and Judgments. Cohen 2723
Publisher:
Hilliard, Gray, and Company, Boston, 1834.
Description:
First edition of the book Story felt his "best law work", dedicated to James Kent and providing the groundwork for a theory of an American private law, an instant classic upon which Horace Gray opined Story would lay "his highest claim as a jurist"
Condition:
Modern morocco, light staining and foxing, several signatures browned (the majority quite bright and clean), a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79285
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
conflict of laws, Supreme Court
 
Author:
Title:
The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is set forth, His Office and Authority . . . Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and Their Deputies . . . Together with the Learning of Bail Bonds . . . To which is added, The Office and Duty of Coroners. Wing C5653
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of R. and E. Atkyns [etc.], London, 1696.
Description:
First edition of one of the few early works on the sheriff (and the coroner), praised by Holdsworth as "cover[ing] a great deal of ground", with separate chapters on the jury and on habeas corpus, and with a lengthy treatment of the law of escapes
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, rubbed and a bit chipped, else quite clean, with the advertising leaf preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79358
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners, habeas corpus, juries
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:
Finch, Henrie
Title:
Law, or, A Discourse Thereof, in foure Bookes. Written in [Law] French by Sir Henrie Finch . . . And done into English by the same Author. S.T.C. 10871
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Stationers, London.
Description:
First edition in English of "the pioneer book of the institutes of English law", the edition influencing subsequent writers, praised by Blackstone, and "copied, epitomised and paraphrased [and] recommended to students for the next two centuries"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, rebacked, the original spine laid down, light browning, else very clean and crisp with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79357
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English Law
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
 
Author:
Cowell, John
Title:
A Law Dictionary: or the Interpreter of Words and Terms, Used either in the Common or Statute Laws Of that Part Of Great Britain call'd England; and in Tenures and Jocular Customs [etc.]. Cowley 194. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for D. Browne [and eight others], London, 1708.
Description:
White Kennett's edition of Cowell's highly regarded law dictionary, the first entirely in English, first appearing in 1607, and, in Professor Coquillette's words, "the most intellectually exciting and controversial law dictionary ever published"
Condition:
Contemporary blind decorated unlettered calf, somewhat marked and rubbed, else very clean with ample margins and the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79356
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
legal dictionaries
Author:
Title:
La Vieux Natura brevium, dernierment corrigee et amend', & cy nouelment imprimee. S.T.C. 18402; Beale T97
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1584.
Description:
Final edition of the 'Old Natura Brevium', written in the 14th century to explain the nature of writs, in Maitland's words "[t]he system of Forms of Action or the Writ System [which] is the most important characteristic of English medieval law"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered blind lozenges, remains of ties, somewhat rubbed and chipped, else very clean with excellent margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79429
Price:
$ 1350.00
Category:
Procedure
 
Author:
Gluckman, Max
Title:
The Ideas in Barotse Jurisprudence. Foreword by Charles L. Black, Jr.
Publisher:
Yale University Press, New Haven, 1965.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, the fore-edge foxed, gift inscription, else a very good copy in the dustjacket; the Storrs Lectures on Jurisprudence for 1963
Book No.:
W-77751
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
AFRICA, jurisdiction
 
Author:
Whitten, Les
Title:
Sometimes a Hero, A Novel about a Battling Lawyer's Crusade Against Big Oil
Publisher:
Doubleday & Co., Inc., Garden City, 1979.
Description:
Presentation copy of the fictional expose of Big Oil written by Jack Anderson's longtime associate--"For David Vaughan . . . in gratitude for wine information which has made my new book [this novel] . . . so much more credible--Prosit Les Whitten"
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in a slightly chipped, unclipped dustjacket
Book No.:
W-79282
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Law and Literature, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Eastland, James O.
Title:
Supreme Court Tyranny, Based on Marxist - Communist Tradition
Publisher:
Christian Nationalist Crusade, Los Angeles, 1954.
Description:
Senator Eastland's argument supporting his Senate resolution seeking an investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee of the "brainwashed" Supreme Court's decision in Brown v Board of Education, one which (prophetically) "the South will not obey"
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a very good copy, 32 pages, with an image of Senator Eastland on the rear wrap
Book No.:
W-79355
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
Supreme Court, education, Discrimination
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
Author:
Booth, A
Title:
Examen Legum Angliae: Or, the Laws of England Examined, By Scripture, Antiquity, and Reason. Wing B3738. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by James Cottrel, London, 1656.
Description:
Only edition of Booth's sole work, a radical criticism of English law, contending that "Law . . . [is] an oppression of the people" and that law and equity should be merged, singling out particularly both Coke and Littleton as fundamentally in error
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt lettered, very occasional lightish marginal staining, else quite crisp with ample margins and the errata leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79427
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
jurisprudence, Radicals, Magna Carta, equity
Author:
Coote, Charles
Title:
Sketches of the Lives and Characters of Eminent English Civilians, With an Historical Introduction Relative to the College of Advocates, and an Enumeration of the Whole Series of Academic Graduates Admitted to That Society [etc.]
Publisher:
Sold by G. Kearsley, Fleet-Street, London, 1804.
Description:
Only edition of a rare work and "the only work entirely devoted to the subject" [the history of the English Civilians] written and compiled by Dr. Coote (himself a member of Doctors' Commons) and "his most distinctive work"; six copies in OCLC
Condition:
Original marbled wraps, very worn, spine perished, a fragile copy in original state, the edges untrimmed and partly uncut; with the half-title
Book No.:
W-79280
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Doctors Commons, biography
Author:
Bond, John
Title:
A Complete Guide for Justices of Peace, According to the best Approved Authors. In Two Parts. The First containing the Common and Statute Laws of England, Relating to the Office of a Justice of Peace. The Second consisting of . . . Precedents. Wing B3567A
Publisher:
Printed, and are to be Sold by W. Freeman . . . in Fleet-street, London, 1687.
Description:
One of four editions of the sole work of Bond, a Gray's Inn bencher (and ancient), expressly patterned on Dalton and thus, indirectly, designed to convey the authoritative content of Brooke, Coke, Crompton, Fitzherbert, Lambarde, and Staunford
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, a very little marginal staining, else quite clean and crisp, with the imprimatur leaf preceding the first title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79353
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
justices of peace
Author:
Bacon, Francis
Title:
A Charge Given by . . . Francis Bacon At a Sessions holden for the Verge . . . Declaring The Latitude of the Jurisdiction thereof, and the Offences therein inquireable, as well by the Common Law, as by several Statutes [etc.]. Wing B277; Gibson 234
Publisher:
Printed for Robert Pawlett . . . near the Temple, London, 1676.
Description:
Bacon's charge given as he was appointed to his first judicial post by James I, the "Court of the Verge" (its jurisdiction within 12 miles of Whitehall), Bacon touching on such diverse subjects as fraud, Jesuits, perjury, prophecies, and witchcraft
Condition:
Modern morocco, browned, margins cut close, the sidenotes sometimes just affected, title trimmed and repaired, usable only; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79426
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
fraud, Religion, witchcraft
Author:
Phayer, Thomas (attr.)
Title:
A Booke of Presidentes exactly written in manner of a Register, newelye corrected, with additions of diuers necessarie Presidents meete . . . how to make all manner of Euidences [etc.]. S.T.C. 3344 [including this copy]; Beale T446
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli [etc.], London, 1586.
Description:
A rare edition of the first named work of its kind, in Holdsworth's words "a comprehensive collection of all manner of documents, including, besides conveyances, chancery bills and answers, letters of safe conduct" and much else; four copies in STC
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf, somewhat rubbed, title and last leaf marked and darkened, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79425
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
conveyancing, Forms & Form Books
 
Author:
Matthew, Hale
Title:
De Successionibus apud Anglos: Or, A Treatise of Hereditary Descents, Shewing The Rise, Progess and Successive Alterations thereof. And Also the Laws of Descent as they are now in use. Wing H236
Publisher:
Printed and are to be Sold by A. Baldwin in Warwick-lane, London, 1699.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-79351
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Real Property, Wills
Author:
Title:
Anno Octavo Reginae Elizabethae. At the Parliament by prorogation holden at Westminster the last day of September, in the eight yeere of the raigne of . . . Lady Elizabeth [1566-67] . . . were enacted as foloweth. S.T.C. 9469; Beale S(A)287a
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . By Newgate market . . . by Richarde Iugge [etc.], London, 1574?.
Description:
The acts of Elizabeth's third parliament, including [c.2] ending the procedural abuse used in bringing a fictitious lawsuit in someone else's name, part of the "jurisdictional dodge" (in John Baker's words) shifting much business to King's Bench
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf, some browning, the title and last leaf somewhat marked, a marginal chip to the latter, one margin trimmed, else clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79424
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Williams, Walter
Title:
Jus Appellandi ad Regem Ipsum, &c. Or, A manifestation of the King's Part and Power to Relieve His Subjects against Erroneous and Unjust Decrees in Chancery. The Second Part. Wing W2776
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, London, 1684.
Description:
Only edition of the second part of a work written by a Middle Temple bencher (and the Keeper of its library in the early 18th century) putting a strongly grounded historical case for the King's personal review of Chancery decisions
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, lightly rubbed, the margins cut a bit close (no text affected), else a very good bright copy, with the errata leaf
Book No.:
W-79350
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
Loffice Et aucthoritie de Iustices de peace, in part collect per le iades tresreuerend iudge, Mounsieur A. Fitzherbert et ore enlarge per Richard Crompton, vn Apprentice de le common ley [etc.]. S.T.C. 10978; Beale T329
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Richarde Tottill, London, 1583.
Description:
First edition of Crompton's major expansion of Fitzherbert's classic work, his separate treatment of the justices, their jurisdiction and powers, anticipating Lambarde and Dalton; with for the only time the valuable index compiled by William West
Condition:
Modern calf, double blind ruled, gilt lettered, light browning, lacking one leaf (folio 177), else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79423
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
justices of peace, coroners, criminal law, sheriffs
Author:
Powell, John (comp.)
Title:
The Assize of Bread. With sundry good and needful Ordinances for Bakers, Brewers, Inholders, Victuallers, Vintners, and Butchers; And other Assizes in Weights and Measures, which by the Laws of this Realm, are Commanded to be observed [etc.]. Wing P3060
Publisher:
Printed for R. Scot, T. Basset, J. Wright [and two others], London, 1684.
Description:
The assize which essentially determined the price of bread, based on the table compiled by John Powell, Clerk of the London market and in effect for most of the 17th century, thereby insulating bakers "both from profiteering and speculative loss"
Condition:
Modern calf, extra gilt, a luscious Riviere binding, with the eight woodcuts of the various methods of baking bread; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79422
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Commercial Law, Legal Art
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
The History of the Common Law of England. Divided into Twelve Chapters. The Second Edition Corrected [bound with] The Analysis of the Law: Being a Scheme, or Abstract, Of the several Titles and Partitions of the Law of England, Digested into Method [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by E. Nutt . . . and sold by D. Browne [and 18 others], London, 1716.
Description:
Second editions of two of Hale's principal works, the first to name him on their titles, as he writes the first general history of English law in his 'History' and then in his 'Analysis' propounds the organizational schema adopted by Blackstone
Condition:
Modern calf, clean and well-preserved, with the errata leaf claiming (rightly) the correction of many errors in the Walthoe printing; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79420
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, biography, English Law
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
A Review of the Statutes, Both Ancient and Modern; Especially Concerning the Practick Part of the Law . . . To which is prefix'd, A Compleat Table; shewing in what Statutes Justices of the Peace are concerned: Whether One or more [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by J. Nutt . . . for D. Browne [and two others], London, 1715.
Description:
The uncommon first edition of Jacob's first or second work, alphabetically digesting and glossing English statute law by subject, and so anonymously launching a career which was to establish his "lasting reputation . . . based on his legal writings"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked, slightly strained, occasional minor marginal staining, else a very good crisp copy; seven copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-77678
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, justices of peace
Author:
Title:
Minutes of the Proceedings before the Lords Committees for Privileges, On the Claim to the Title of Earl of Anglesey
Publisher:
N.p., Dublin, 1771.
Description:
A rare work recording the final decision upon the English estates part of "the most dramatic case ever arising under British law", memorialized in part in Smollett's "Peregrine Pickle" and featuring multiple bigamous marriages, forgery and perjury
Condition:
Original stabbed marbled wraps, lightly worn, a very good crisp copy, 64 pages, with the date of 1771 changed manually to 1772; five copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76948
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, law of heraldry, Law and Literature, criminal law, marriage
Author:
Zouche, Richard
Title:
Iuris et Iudicii Fecialis, Sive, Iuris Inter Gentes, et Quaestionum de Eodem Explicatio [An Exposition of Fecial Law and Procedure, or of Law between Nations, and Questions concerning the Same]. Edited by Thomas Erskine Holland. Two Volumes
Publisher:
William S. Hein & Co., Inc., Buffalo, 1985.
Description:
The modern scholarly edition of the work which (in Holdsworth's words) "has given [Zouche] enduring fame", the first to adopt systematically the phrase "law of nations", and providing the first textbook on the whole of that subject
Condition:
Original tan cloth, the facsimile reissue of the 1911 Carnegie Institution of Washington edition
Book No.:
W-77677
Price:
$ 120.00
Category:
international law, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Title:
Color photograph of the spouses of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court, framed and matted, the frame measuring 16x19 inches and the image 10x13 1/2 inches, taken before the fountain of Georgia marble in one of the Court's four courtyards
Publisher:
Photograph by Joseph J. Scherschel [National Geographic Society], Washington, 1967.
Description:
A rare photograph signed by eight of the nine Court spouses with their given names [Elizabeth S. Black; Marjorie L. Brennan; Mary R. Clark; Dorothy K. Goldberg 3-18-67; Ethel Harlan; Mary Anne Stewart; Nina E. Warren 3-14-67; and Marion L. White]
Condition:
A good clear image, the wood frame somewhat scuffed, two signatures to some degree faded, but clearly legible
Book No.:
W-77748
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Supreme Court, law and photography
Author:
Title:
The Dying Speeches and Behavior of the several State Prisoners That have been Executed the last 300 Years. With Their several Characters from the best Historians, as Cambden, Spotswood, Clarendon, Sprat, Burnet . . . shewing how . . . Sentences were Executed
Publisher:
Printed for F. Brotherton, and W. Meadows [and three others], London, 1720.
Description:
First edition a work supplementing the first edition of the State Trials, treating of over 300 accused and their fates, including Charles I, William Kidd, Sir Thomas More, Titus Oates, Sir Walter Raleigh, and Algernon Sidney among many others
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over cloth boards, a very good copy; with both pages *483-*486 and 483-486, as with two copies reported in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76945
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli Regis, Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae, et Hiberniae Decimo et undecimo. At the Parliament begun and holden at Dublin, the foureteenth day of Iuly in the tenth year of the Raigne of our most gracious Soveraigne Lord, Charles [etc]. STC 14137
Publisher:
Imprinted by the Society of Stationers, Dublin [a false imprint, i.e. London], 1636.
Description:
The only London printing of the legislation enacted by the Irish Parliament during the reign of Charles I, seventy-one acts in total, beginning with the six subsidies granted to the King, increasing Parliamentary demands leading to its dissolution
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, else a very good copy with a number of contemporary annotations in the margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78476
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
IRELAND, Acts
Author:
Sheppard [Shepard], William
Title:
A Sure Guide for His Justices of Peace: Plainly Shewing Their Duty, and the Duties of the several Officers of the Counties . . . Sheriffs, County-Treasurers, Bridewell-Masters, Constables, Overseers of the Poor [etc.]. Wing S3211
Publisher:
Printed for John Streater, for Henry Twyford [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
First edition of Sheppard's rigorous and much-needed critique of the Restoration settlement re-establishing the Church of England, an "excellent book [and] a forceful denunciation of the political abuses and technical shortcomings of [the] law"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite worn, front joint cracking but sound, spine darkened and frayed, yet clean and usable, with the frontispiece; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79278
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
justices of peace, sheriffs, poor law
Author:
Selden, John
Title:
De Dis Syris Syntagmata II. Aduersaria nempe de Numinibus commentitiis in Vetere Instrumento memoratis. accedunt quae sunt reliqua Syrorum. Prisca porro Arabum, Aegyptiorum, Persarum, Afrorum, Europaeorum item Theologia subinde illustratur. S.T.C. 22167
Publisher:
Bibliopolarum corpori excudebat Guilielmus Stansbeius, London, 1617.
Description:
First edition of the work on ancient religions which "quickly became celebrated outside England", established Selden's reputation for learning in Europe, and "remains a remarkable achievement, even when viewed through the lens of modern scholarship"
Condition:
Early blind panelled calf, rebacked, a bit strained, the margins cut close (no text affected), minor staining to the last leaves; a good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-76944
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
jewish law, Religion
Author:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Collection of all the statutes, from the beginning of Magna Carta, vnto the yeare of our Lord (1557) which were before that yeare imprinted [to] the . . . fifth yeare of the raigne of oure Soueraine lady Queene Elizabeth [etc.]. STC 9308.5; Beale S61
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1566.
Description:
The rare, third printing of one of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference [and of] enormous success" surpassing all previous efforts; five copies in ESTC, one imperfect
Condition:
Contemporary blind-panelled sheep, worn, spine chipped, minor worming, browning and staining, bookplate of Viscount Mersey; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78475
Price:
$ 5000.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
Author:
Title:
In re Williams versus Garbett. The Judgment of an Ecclesiastical Court
Publisher:
Printed and Published by J. Vincent, Oxford, 1842.
Description:
A rare tract, a sharp satire (appropriately in verse) of the contested 1842 election of the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, devolving into an ecclesiastical dispute and "mark[ing] the beginning of the decline of the Tractarian movement in Oxford"
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, a usable if somewhat fragile copy, 15 pages; no copy in COPAC, three in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76870
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law, Poetry
Author:
Nolan, Michael
Title:
A Treatise of the Laws for the Relief and Settlement of the Poor. The Second Edition. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed by A. Strahan . . . for J. Butterworth [etc.], London, 1808.
Description:
The first revision of Nolan's highly regarded work, in Holdsworth's words "the most considerable" treatise on the subject; with the extensive appendix setting forth the texts of the 63 poor law statutes dating from early in the reign of Elizabeth I
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, somewhat rubbed, the front joint of volume one just cracking but quite firm, some light foxing; a good set
Book No.:
W-76943
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
poor law
Author:
Rodgers, William H.
Title:
Environmental Law. Air and Water. Pesticides and Toxic Substances. Hazardous Wastes and Substances. Four Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
West Publishing Company, St. Paul, 1986.
Description:
Condition:
Original green buckram, gilt, a very good set
Book No.:
W-77671
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
environmental law
Author:
Walthoe (comp.), John
Title:
A Catalogue of the Common and Statute Law-Books of this Realm. With Some others relating thereunto . . . Alphabetically digested under proper Heads. With An Account of the Best Editions, and Common Prices they are now Sold at
Publisher:
Printed by J.N. for J. Walthoe, in the Middle-Temple Cloysters &c, London, 1714.
Description:
Walthoe's first law-book catalogue, and the first to appear in the 18th century, largely based in turn on the pioneering catalogue of Thomas Bassett, to whom "belongs the distinction of compiling and publishing the first bibliography of English law"
Condition:
Modern mottled calf, title darkened, some browning, else crisp with a 1790 gift inscription and the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79275
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Bibliography
Author:
Wilkinson, James John
Title:
The Law Relating to the Public Funds; and the Equitable and Legal Remedies with Respect to Funded Property; Including the Practice by Distringas, and under the Statute 1 & 2 Vict. c. 110, With References to the Cases on the Foreign Funds and Public Companies
Publisher:
Saunders & Benning, Law Booksellers . . . 43 Fleet Street, London, 1839.
Description:
The uncommon only edition of the first legal treatise on public funds, that is, government securities, including a history of stockjobbing and speculation (time-bargains, puts and refusals, bulls and bears), and so anticipating modern hedge funds
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, ex-library, else a good untrimmed copy with ample margins; five copies in OCLC in this country
Book No.:
W-76941
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
economics
Author:
Title:
Proceedings on the Trial of Captain G[ambier] . . . for Crim. Con. with Ad[miral] K[nowle's] Lady; Which was tried in the Court of King's Bench . . . When One Thousand Pounds Damages were given to the Plaintiff. With an Introductory Preface
Publisher:
Printed for H. Owen, at the Britannia Printing-Office [etc.], London, 1757.
Description:
The rare first edition of a sensational criminal conversation trial before Lord Mansfield, the defendant "gain[ing] notoriety" (and recently called "the penurious old reptile") for his dalliance with the Admiral's wife; no copy in ESTC in the UK
Condition:
Modern blue wraps, worn, some chips and tears, but all text legible, a fragile but untrimmed, unsophisticated survival; 56 pages
Book No.:
W-77670
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal conversatn, trials
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Henrici Octavi [1 Hen VIII] [21 Jan-23 Feb 1510] [through] Statutes made in the parliament, holden . . . in the xxxvii yere of the reigne of . . . Henry the eyght [37 Hen VIII] [23 Nov-24 Dec 1545] [with the Table]. Eighteen Volumes in One
Publisher:
Thomas Berthelet [13] and William Powell [5] [imprints vary], London, 1539-1562.
Description:
A complete collection of the legislation of the parliaments of Henry VIII (from 1510 to 1545), including the years of the Reformation Parliament, the break with Rome, the dissolution of the monasteries, and the establishment of the Anglican Church
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf over wooden boards, rebacked, the original spine laid down, remains of clasps, exceptionally clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79347
Price:
$ 20000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
Author:
Spilsbury, William H. (comp.)
Title:
The Catalogue of the Printed Books in the Library of the Hon. Society of Lincoln's Inn [with] John Nicholson (comp.), Catalogue of the Printed Books in the Library . . . of Lincoln's Inn. Supplementary Volume, Containing the Additions from 1859-1890
Publisher:
Printed for the Society [etc.], London, 1859 & 1890.
Description:
The last two major catalogues of the library's holdings of printed books (excluding its pamphlets collection) when "it was the largest law library in the English-speaking world", its foundation in 1497 earlier than any other library in London
Condition:
Original brown pebbled cloth, gilt, occasional light foxing and pencil checkmarks, else very good copies
Book No.:
W-77815
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Bibliography, Inns of Court
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
Author:
Codrington, Robert [?Robert Clavell]
Title:
His Majesties Propriety, and Dominion on the Brittish Seas Asserted: Together with a true Account of the Neatherlanders Insupportable Insolencies . . . and the Inestimable Benefits they have gained in their Fishing on the English Seas. Wing C4876A
Publisher:
Printed by T. Mabb, for Andrew Kembe [and two others], London, 1665.
Description:
First edition of Codrington's sole treatise, continuing the debate between Grotius and Selden earlier in the century over freedom of the seas, significantly historical in approach, with express reliance on Selden and his views; with the folding map
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, somewhat rubbed, the spine faded and the front hinge cracked (but firm), two leaves chipped, with the frontispiece; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79419
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
international law, maritime law
Author:
Title:
The Ship Owner's Manual . . . Containing a General System of the Maritime Laws . . . with Several New Adjudged Law Cases, and Abstracts of the Most Important Acts; Among Which are the Navigation Acts, Smuggling Acts, Manifest Act [etc.]. Eighth Edition
Publisher:
Printed, in Gateshead, by and for D. Akenhead and Sons [etc.], Newcastle upon Tyne, 1800.
Description:
A rare, provincially printed, highly practical work (not to be confused with the London printed "Shipmaster's Assistant"), treating of demurrage, insurance, bottomry, salvage, average, and arbitration, inter alia, with much on law and legislation
Condition:
Contemporary mottled sheep, rubbed, front joint cracked but holding, else quite clean and usable, the Taussig copy; no copy in ESTC, two in OCLC
Book No.:
W-78470
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
maritime law, international law, criminal law
Author:
Lambarde, William
Title:
Eirenarcha, or of the Office of the Iustices of Peace [bound with] The Dvties of Constables, Borsholders, Tythingmen, and such other lowe and Lay Ministers of the Peace. Whereunto be adioyned, the seuerall offices of Church Ministers &c. STC 15171/15157
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1607 & 1606.
Description:
Early seventeenth century editions of Lambarde's two major works on justices of the peace and their complementary local officers, including surveyors of highways, overseers of the poor and destroyers of "noisome fowle and vermin"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, joints rubbed and just cracking but quite firm, spine ends a bit chipped, else fresh and very clean; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79272
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
justices of peace, Ecclesiastical Law, poor law, law of highways, law of nuisance
Author:
Title:
Tuesday the 27th of December 1659. Resolved, &c. That on the fifth day of January next, this House will take into Consideration the Cases of all absent Members [and seven other Proclamations]. Steele 3142; 3144; 3146; 3147; 3152; 3157; and 3159
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater [imprints vary], London, 1659-60.
Description:
Eight rare or uncommon proclamations documenting Parliament's actions during the tumultuous months when England faced a military takeover, avoided with the restoration of Charles II and "ensur[ing] the future of parliamentary government in England"
Condition:
Seven broadsides, each about 8x12 inches, some browning and irregularity, several with partial tears, but all textually complete; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79345
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
Author:
Smith, Thomas
Title:
De Republica Anglorum. The maner of Governement or policie of the Realme of England, compiled by . . . Thomas Smyth Knight, Doctor of both the lawes, and one of the principal Secretaries vnto . . . King Edward . . . and Queene Elizabeth. S.T.C. 22858
Publisher:
Printed by Henrie Midleton for Gregorie Seton, anno Domini 1584, London, 1584.
Description:
Second edition of the first English treatise on comparative constitutional law, highly regarded by Maitland, who adjudged that the work "will be quoted and transcribed so long as men take any interest in the history of the English constitution"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco, a trifle browned with a trace of marginal staining, headlines occasionally just shaved, with the Ehrman bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79418
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Comparative Law
Author:
Beawes, Wyndham
Title:
Lex Mercatoria Rediviva . . . Containing An Account of our Trading Companies and Colonies, with their Establishments, and an Abstract of their Charter; the Duty of Consuls, and the Laws subsisting about Aliens, Naturalization and Denization [etc.]. 2d Ed
Publisher:
Printed for R. Baldwin at the Rose, and S. Crowder and Co. [etc.], London, 1761.
Description:
Beawes' vast compendium, based in part on his three decades' experience, with much on English and international law, in Holdsworth's words of "comprehensive character [designed] to give all the information which a merchant . . . could want"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, else a very good tall copy with ample margins
Book No.:
W-77813
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Commercial Law, international law, aliens
Author:
Title:
Anno XXXVII. Henrici Octavi. Statutes Made in the parliament, holden at Westminster in the XXXVII yere [1545] of the moste renowned Henry the eyght, by the grace of God kinge of England, Fraunce, and Irelande [etc.]. Beale S214; S.T.C. 9414.5. Folio
Publisher:
T. Marsh?], London, 1575?].
Description:
The last early printing of the acts of the last Parliament of Henry VIII, twenty-four chapters in total, introducing for the first time in England a lawful interest rate (10%), the laws against usury remaining in effect until their repeal in 1854
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, some staining, else crisp; eight copies in STC, including this, the Hetherington (now the Taussig) copy
Book No.:
W-78541
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, law of usury
Author:
Title:
Anno xxxv. Reginae Elizabethae. At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster the xix day of Februarie, in the fiue and thirtieth yeere [1593] of the Reigne of . . . Ladie Elizabeth . . . were enacted as followeth. S.T.C. 9491 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by the Deputies of Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1593.
Description:
The parliament enacting severe punishments upon Puritan sectaries ("a vicious act" in G.R. Elton's words), potentially leading to exile or hanging [c.1] and, separately, forbidding Catholics from moving more than five miles from their homes [c.2]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning and some staining (mainly marginal), without the subsidies and pardon; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79416
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, criminal law
Author:
Howard, John
Title:
An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe; With Various Papers Relative to the Plague: Together with Further Observations on Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals; and Additional Remarks on the Present State of Those in Great Britain and Ireland. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by William Eyres; and Sold by T. Cadell [& three others], London, 1789.
Description:
First edition of one of Howard's two major works, "the first survey . . . which had ever appeared", supplemented by Howard's further observations on prisons, providing the empirical bases for the first modern reforms of both prisons and hospitals
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the original spine (worn) laid down, the front hinge cracked and the title a bit loose; a good copy with the plates
Book No.:
W-77811
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
prisons, criminal law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
The Boke for a Iustyce of peace neuer soo wel and diligently set forthe [with] Carta Foedi [with] Modvs Tenendi Cvriam Baronis [with] Retvrna Brevivm [with] A Trve Copy of the Ordinance . . . in the Kynges Eschker. STC 14873; 7696.7; 7713; 15583.7; 20899.5
Publisher:
in Aedibus T. Berthel[eti] [imprints vary; all by Berthelet], London, 1535-40?.
Description:
A unique collection of rare editions of five medieval English law books, all printed in the early sixteenth century, two the copies recorded in the Short Title Catalogue, the first lacking its title, else especially clean and complete
Condition:
Contemporary blind stamped calf, worn, ?a unique binding with panels similar to Oldham's HM26 and 28 (front) and HM25 (back); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79342
Price:
$ 10000.00
Category:
justices of peace, courts, Procedure, taxation
Author:
Leigh, Valentine
Title:
The Moste Profitable and Commendable Science, of Surveying of Lands, Tenementes, and Hereditamentes . . . of the measuring of all kindes of Landes, be it Meadow, Pasture, Errable, Wood, Hill, or Dale . . . Newly Imprinted and corrected. S.T.C. 15419
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by John Windet, for Robart Dexter [etc.], London, 1592.
Description:
Among the earliest works on English surveying, with much on the legal aspects of local courts and the administration of manors, "a popular, practical guide, largely for self surveyors . . . mentioned in John Norden's standard [17th century] work"
Condition:
Early calf, very neatly rebacked, worn but quite attractive, lightish marginal staining; with the two tables and the first blank, the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79415
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
surveying, Real Property, courts
Author:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
Juridical Arguments and Collections. Two Volumes [complete]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, London, 1797-99.
Description:
The first collection of Hargrave's own speeches and opinions, "painstackingly accurate" in John Baker's words, "show[ing] (in Sir William Holdsworth's view) that he was as accomplished a modern lawyer aw he was learned in the history of the law"
Condition:
Early 1/4 calf over marbled boards, ?later endpapers, lightly rubbed and a bit of browning, else a very good clean and wide-margined set
Book No.:
W-77810
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
Natura Brevium. The Old Tenures. Lyttylton Tenures. The new Talys. The articles uppon the new talys. Diuersyte of courtes. Justyce of peace. The chartuary. Court baron. Court of hundrede. Returna breuium [and two other works]. S.T.C. 18394; Beale T1
Publisher:
Prentyd by w. Rastell in Fletestreete [etc.], London, 1534.
Description:
First edition of William Rastell's famous collection of twelve tracts, collecting together for the first time essentially all of the shorter legal treatises or tracts written during the preceding 200 years, beginning with the reign of Edward III
Condition:
19th century crimson morocco, rebacked, William Stirling Maxwell's copy with his bookplate and embossed initials, quite luscious; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79341
Price:
$ 12500.00
Category:
English Law, Real Property, MEDIEVAL, Procedure, justices of peace
 
Author:
White, G. Edward
Title:
The Appelate [sic] Opinion As Historical Source Material
Publisher:
American Bar Foundation, Chicago, 1971.
Description:
One of Professor White's earliest publications, written while he was a Visiting Scholar at the American Bar Foundation following his graduation from Yale, with an emphasis on Justice Cardozo and his famous opinion in the McPherson case
Condition:
Original stapled wraps, Reprinted from The Journal of Interdisiplinary History (Spring, 1971), a very good copy; pages 491-509
Book No.:
W-79414
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
appeals, New York, Supreme Court
 
Author:
Traynor, Roger J.
Title:
Chief Justice Warren's Fair Question
Publisher:
Georgetown Law Journal, Washington, 1969.
Description:
Traynor's affectionate and instructive recollection of an afternoon which he and his wife shared with the Chief Justice and Nina Warren, evoking Warren's generous nature and remembering the question which he would invariably ask--"Is it fair?"
Condition:
Extracted from the Journal's October 1969 issue (Volume 58 Number 1), five pages with the photograph of Chief Justice Warren facing the first page
Book No.:
W-79413
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
biography, Supreme Court
Author:
Title:
Anno XIIII Reginae Elizabethe. At the parliament begunne and holden at Westminster . . . in the xiiii yeere of the raigne [1572] of our most gracious soueraigne Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as folowith. S.T.C. 9478; Beale S296
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . in Powles Churche yarde by Richard Jugge [etc.], London, 1573-75.
Description:
The Parliament convened at the height of the perceived threat of Mary Queen of Scots to Elizabeth, the law of treason strengthened and the penalties upon those attempting to rescue those held, as Mary was, on charges of treason enhanced [c.2]
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf, somewhat rubbed and lightly browned, the act on vagabonds and relief of the poor [c.5] with an extensive gloss; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79411
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, poor law
Author:
Wilson, John
Title:
A Short Treatise on the Law, Relative to Arbitration. Containing Adjudged Cases on that useful Subject to the present Time, Digested and Arranged under Familiar Heads. With An Appendix, of useful Precedents
Publisher:
Printed for the Publisher, at the New Office in Whitehorse Yard, Hull, 1792.
Description:
First edition of the rarest of all early works on the English law of arbitration and the only work of Wilson (a Yorkshire attorney), relying on Blackstone in extending the arbitrator's powers to conveyances of real property; one copy in ESTC
Condition:
Modern double blind ruled calf, gilt lettered, new endpapers and pastedowns, light browning, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79410
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
arbitration
Author:
Title:
The Whole Proceedings on the King's Commission of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Gaol-Delivery for the City of London; And also the Gaol-Delivery for the County of Middlesex; Held at Justice-Hall in the Old Bailey [December 1779 to October 1780] [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for Joseph Gurney . . . And Sold by M. Gurney [etc.], London, 1779-80.
Description:
A rare example of Blackstone as trial judge, and the last instance in which he served in that capacity at the Old Bailey, presiding at seven trials in the year's first session, in December, 1779, just two months before his death in February, 1780
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 black morocco over boards, extremely worn, the binding whole but beginning to detach, much browning, a few pages loose; a working copy
Book No.:
W-77597
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
An Abstract of All the Acts Passed In the Fifth Session of the Seventh Parliament of Great Britain, and the Fifth Year of the Reign of our most Gracious Sovereign Lord King George the Second. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Baskett [etc.], London, 1732.
Description:
A rare example of an annual, official publication abstracting the just enacted Parliamentary legislation, in this case, some thirty-three acts, including two affecting justices of the peace and several pertaining to colonies in this hemisphere
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, some browning and foxing, else a sound copy, with the final leaf itemizing separately printed, available acts; four copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76939
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, justices of peace, colonies
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
Author:
Title:
Pen and Ink Sketches In Chancery. By a Lounger in the Courts. Parts I-III [all published]. Not in Bland
Publisher:
William [and Richard] Amer, Law Bookseller & Publisher [etc.], London, 1877-82.
Description:
An acute depiction of the late 19th century Chancery bar, putatively written by a disheartened litigant who has taken up 'lounging' in the Court, but clearly (in the words of a contemporary) "the results of long observation"
Condition:
Original printed wraps, residue of tape on two wraps, occasional foxing, else good copies, 10+20+15 pages
Book No.:
W-76938
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Inns of Court
 
Author:
Bentham, Jeremy
Title:
On the Liberty of the Press and Public Discussion and other Legal and Political Writings for Spain and Portugal. Edited by Catherine Pease-Watkin and Philip Schofield
Publisher:
Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2012.
Description:
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, a very good copy; The Collected Works of Jeremy Bentham, Constitutional Law, Penology, and Criminal Law
Book No.:
W-78469
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
biography, freedom of press, SPAIN, PORTUGAL
Author:
Dunne, James E.
Title:
Heil Hebrew! A Gentile Salute
Publisher:
The Alliance Press, Louisville, 1938.
Description:
Louis Brandeis's copy, the presentation on the front blank--"To Hon. Louis D. Brandeis / with deepest / respect and esteem / James E. Dunne / December 1938", dated the same month as Brandeis noted "[t]he rising indignation over Hitler's atrocities"
Condition:
Original red felt wraps, the front wrap gilt-lettered, a small chip to the rear wrap, light wear, else a very good copy; 91 pages
Book No.:
W-77591
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
jewish law, Discrimination
Author:
Tothill, William
Title:
The Transactions of the High Court of Chancery, Both by Practice and President . . . And all speciall Orders in Extraordinary Cases, which are to be found in the Registers Office as they are quoated by Tearmes Yeares & Bookes [etc.]. Wing T1952
Publisher:
Printed T.W. for R. Best and I. Place [etc.], London, 1640.
Description:
First edition of the first published equity cases, dating to the mid-16th century and including Ellesmere's dicta while Lord Chancellor, providing access to the evolving and increasing procedural and substantive precedent governing chancery
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, rubbed, lower portion of the rear joint cracked, but quite firm, else clean and bright; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79268
Price:
$ 700.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Swinburne, Henry
Title:
A Briefe Treatise of Testaments and Last Willes . . . Compiled of such lawes Ecclesiasticall and Ciuill, as be not repugnant to the lawes, customes, or statutes of this Realme, nor derogatorie to the Prerogative Royall [etc.]. S.T.C. 23547; Beale T498
Publisher:
Printed by John Windet, London, 1590.
Description:
First edition of the first work on the English law of wills, and the first work by an Englishman on English canon law, praised by J.H. Baker as "a model of clarity and scientific technique" and by David Yale as "a full and accomplished treatise"
Condition:
Modern dark brown calf, gilt-lettered, occasional light browning, else quite crisp and well preserved, without the errata leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77590
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Wills, Ecclesiastical Law, canon law
Author:
Title:
A Letter to the Hon. Fox Maule, M.P. Chairman of the Committee of the House of Commons, Appointed to Enquire into the Administration of the Law of Scotland, on Some Points Connected with the Subject of that Enquiry
Publisher:
Sold by Adam & Charles Black. Printed by Forrester & Ruthven, Edinburgh, 1840.
Description:
A rare, able and thorough critique, and a principal source relied upon in modern scholarship on mid-19th century judicial reform efforts in Scotland [see Philippson, The Scottish Whigs and the Reform of The Court of Session 1785-1830 pp. 167-70]
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, the title dusty and partly detached, a usable copy only, 51 pages; two copies in COPAC, three in OCLC, one in Scotland
Book No.:
W-78392
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
SCOTLAND, legal reform
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
Author:
Foss, Edward
Title:
The Judges of England; With Sketches of their Lives, and Miscellaneous Notices Connected with the Courts at Westminster from the Time of the Conquest. Nine Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans [and] John Murray, London, 1848-64.
Description:
Still the standard treatise on the English judiciary's history, in Holdsworth's words "a great work . . . throughout based on the best authorities" with over 1,500 biographies covering the course of eight centuries, from the Norman Conquest to 1864
Condition:
Original brown embossed cloth, gilt, the spines lightly sunned, the occasional blemish here and there, a very little foxing; a very good clean set
Book No.:
W-77808
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, biography
Author:
Green, Edward
Title:
The Spirit of the Bankrupt Laws . . . Wherein are principally considered, the 1. Declaring the Party Bankrupt. 2. Seizing his Estate, and summoning him to surrender. 3. Receiving Proof of the Debts of his Creditors [etc.]. Fourth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by his Majesty's Law Printers, For Edward Brooke [etc.], London, 1780.
Description:
Last edition of Green's comprehensive treatise, drawing upon his years as a commissioner in bankruptcy and praised extensively by Holdsworth, who terms it "clearly written and well arranged . . . explain[ing] underlying principles"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the front board partly darkened, the original label preserved, a very good, clean copy
Book No.:
W-77661
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
bankruptcy
 
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
La Graunde Abridgement, Collecte par le Iudge . . . Anthony Fitzherbert [with] La Secounde Part du Graund Abridgement [with] Tabula. Cy ensuit la Table pur trouer les titles [etc.]. S.T.C. 10957; Beale R466, R467, and R468. Three Volumes in One
Publisher:
In Aedibus Ricardi Tottell [etc.], London, 1577.
Description:
The final, early (of three) printing of "the decisive book--the book that 'made' the Common Law", containing over 13,000 abridged case-notes arranged alphabetically by subject in some 263 titles and digesting hundreds of years of medieval case law
Condition:
Early blind ruled calf, rebacked, the upper portion of the title strengthened, else well preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78463
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Burn, Richard
Title:
The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for A. Millar, in the Strand, London, 1755.
Description:
First edition of the most popular work ever written on justices of the peace, first appearing at the height of their power in the mid-eighteenth century, with over thirty editions ultimately printed well into the nineteenth century
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, light browning, else a very good, clean set
Book No.:
W-79265
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
justices of peace
Author:
Title:
Articuli ad narrationes nouas pertin[entes] formati. S.T.C. 812; Beale T111
Publisher:
In edibus Richardi Pynsoni regii impressoris [etc.], London, 1525?.
Description:
The rare first edition of the medieval tract glossing and complementing both Natura Brevium and Novae Narrationes, all works central to early pleading and practice in the royal courts, this the only edition printed by Pynson; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, the spine gilt ruled and lettered, the title and table in facsimile, else textually complete; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78462
Price:
$ 6000.00
Category:
pleading
 
Author:
Title:
Observations on the Law of Treason; Wherein It Is Attempted to Be Shewn, That Conspiring to Levy War Is Not Treason by the Law of England [quotation from Cicero]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul's Church Yard, London, 1794.
Description:
An uncommon tract addressing a central issue in the 1794 treason trials, contending that a conspiracy only, without an accompanying overt act, is not treason under English law, invoking Stanford, Hale, and, in particular, Coke as authorities
Condition:
Modern plain wraps, a very good copy, 44 pages; eight copies in ESTC, none in a law library
Book No.:
W-79191
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
criminal law, juries
Author:
Denshall [Densell], John
Title:
Le Reading del Monsieur Denshall, Sur L'estatute de Finibus fait Anno 4 Hen 7 [1489]. Finis finem Litibus imponit. Wing D1052
Publisher:
Excudebat I.C. Impenis G. Lee [and others], London, 1662.
Description:
The most famous reading (of three) given by the Lincoln's Inn bencher and the only one to be published, delivered in November 1531 and, in John Baker's words, "circulat[ing] very widely over the next century", complementing Coke's reading on fines
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a stain to the top of the title, light browning, margins cut a bit close, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79264
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Readings
Author:
Title:
By the King. Trustie and welbeloued, wee greete you well: Although there be nothing more against our minde then . . . any course that may breed in our subiects the least doubt of our vnwillingnes to throw any burthens vpon them [etc.]. STC 91751.3(2ba)
Publisher:
Printed by Robert Barker?, London, 1604.
Description:
A rare example of the 'requests' by James I early in his reign for loans to be repaid the following year, in this case Peter Gleave of Norfolk, whose loan was in fact repaid, though three years late; with both the loan and its repayment noted by hand
Condition:
One sheet, about 9x14 inches printed in civilite type, repairs at the margins affecting the manuscript acknowledgements; two copies in STC in the USA
Book No.:
W-78534
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
 
Author:
Gregory (comp.), Arthur
Title:
L'Abridgment des Cases Concernants les Titles plus materiall pur les Estudients & practiciones des Leyes du Royalme, digestes es certen aptes Diuisions desoubs mesmes les Titles. Ouesque Deux Tables ore primerment addes [etc.]. S.T.C. 12357.7; Cowley 96
Publisher:
In Aedibus Thomae Wight & Bonhami Norton [etc.], London, 1599.
Description:
The expanded edition of the abridgment attributed to Arthur Gregory and compiled by him earlier in the century, with references to the Year Books and to Fitzherbert and Littleton, inter alia, the omission of Brooke suggesting its date of compilation
Condition:
Early calf, John Evelyn's copy with the Evelyn bookplate [Lot 1654, part 4], the title marked with minor worming, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79336
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Title:
Magna Charta, cvm Statvtis quae Antiqua vocantur, iam recens excusa, & summa fide emendata, iuxta vetnsta [sic] exemplaria ad Parliamenti rotulos examinata [etc.]. S.T.C. 9278; Beale S17 and S24a
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli [etc.], London, 1560?.
Description:
The second Tottel printing and the first printing of Magna Charta in the reign of Elizabeth, this printing and its printing by Tottel in 1556 "hav[ing] several items not pr[inted] elsewhere"; with the second part with its separate title
Condition:
Modern calf, the remains of the original blind-tooled boards with centered lozenges mounted, early notations and ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78460
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
English Commonwealth, Gold Coast, GHANA, Magna Carta
Author:
Title:
Anno XXVI Henrici VIII. Actes Made in the session of this present parlyament holden upon prorogation at Westm . . . in the xxvi yere [1534] of the reygne of our moost drad soueraigne lorde kynge Henry the VIII [etc.]. S.T.C. 9386.5; Beale S163
Publisher:
Tho. Berthelet Excvdebat. Cvm Privilegio, London, 1538?].
Description:
A rare early printing of the acts of the Reformation Parliament giving "legal expression to [Henry VIII] as the only Supreme Head in earth of the Church of England", and enacting the treason statute leading to the trial and execution of Thomas More
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, light marginal staining not affecting the text, else well preserved, five copies in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78533
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Holdsworth, W.S.
Title:
A History of English Law. Eighteen Volumes With the Tables and Index by Edward Potten published in 1924 and the General Index by John Burke published in 1972 [complete]
Publisher:
Methuen & Co Ltd and Sweet and Maxwell, London, 1922-72.
Description:
A complete edition of Holdsworth's monumental history, with the extremely helpful 17th index volume, all but the first four volumes first editions, the work in its entirety achieving completion in 1972, almost three decades after Holdsworth's death
Condition:
Original cloth, showing some wear, the spines of the first ten volumes faded, and the heads of a few spines chipped, else a good set
Book No.:
W-78606
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Douglas, William O.
Title:
Of Men and Mountains
Publisher:
Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1950.
Description:
Presentation copy "For John & Irena Wiley / with admiration and affection / Wm O Douglas / Aug 3, 1950", Douglas and the Wileys first having met in Iran and with whom Douglas later stayed when John Wiley was American ambassador to Panama
Condition:
Original cloth, worn, in a chipped dustjacket, a sound copy only
Book No.:
W-79262
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Natural Resources, Supreme Court, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Philipps, Fabian
Title:
Tenenda non Tollenda, Or The Necessity of Preserving Tenures in Capite and by Knight Service, Which according to their first Institution were, and are yet, a great part of the Salus Populi, and the Safety and Defence of the King [etc.]. Wing P2019
Publisher:
Printed by Thomas Leach, for the Author [etc.], London, 1660.
Description:
Only edition of the first of three works written by Philipps, "[t]hat sturdy loyalist and student of records", in Holdsworth's words, setting forth an "astonishing thesis" of seventy-two reasons protesting the abolition of military tenures
Condition:
Modern mottled calf, blind and gilt decorated, very light browning, else especially clean and crisp with excellent margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79335
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Real Property, military law
 
Author:
Fried, Charles
Title:
Contract as Promise, A Theory of Contractual Obligation
Publisher:
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1981.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket; with the Harvard Law Review review of Fried's work by P.S. Atiyah, a bit crumpled, laid in
Book No.:
W-77730
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
contracts
 
Author:
Gregor, Francis
Title:
Two Letters: The First Containing Some Remarks on the Meeting . . . To Celebrate the Acquittal of Messrs. Hardy, J.H. Tooke, Thelwall, and Others, in November 1791 . . . The Second Containing a Short Compartative Sketch of Our Practical Constitution [&c]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Hatchard, Bookseller to Her Majesty [etc.], London, 1810.
Description:
An uncommon tract criticizing at length the treason trials of the 1790's (examining the trial transcripts and their "disgusting detail"), along with the reformers of the early 19th century, including Sir Francis Burdett and William Cobbett
Condition:
Modern marbled boards, a very good clean copy, 57 pages and an advertising leaf not noted in OCLC, with the half-title; no copy in a law library in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77803
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Author:
Yale, Gregory
Title:
Legal Titles to Mining Claims and Water Rights, in California, Under the Mining Law of Congress, of July, 1866
Publisher:
A. Roman & Company, San Francisco, 1867.
Description:
Condition:
Original sheep, quite rubbed and chafed, but a sound clean copy
Book No.:
W-78605
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
mining law, California, water law
 
Author:
Gregory, William L.S
Title:
The Trial of the Pope of Rome, the Antichrist, or Man of Sin, Described in the Bible, for High Treason against the Son of God. Tried at the Sessions House of Truth . . . Taken in Short Hand by a Friend of St. Peter [etc.]. Second American Edition
Publisher:
Tappan and Dennet, 114 Washington Street, Boston, 1844.
Description:
The putative trial held before The Right Hon. Divine Revelation (Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of Equity), The Hon. Justice Reason (of the said Court), and The Hon. Justice History (of His Majesty's Court of Information)
Condition:
Original cloth backed boards, paper label, somewhat worn and stained, else a sound copy, with the frontispiece depicting the martyrdom of Cranmer
Book No.:
W-79261
Price:
$ 27.50
Category:
trials, Religion
Author:
Bacon, Francis
Title:
Three Speeches of The Right Honorable, Sir Francis Bacon Knight, then his Majesties Sollicitor Generall . . . Concerning the Post-Nati, Naturalization of the Scotch in England, Union of the Lawes of the Kingdomes [etc.]. Wing B337; Gibson 206
Publisher:
Printed by Richard Badger, for Samuel Broun [etc.], London, 1641.
Description:
Much of the fruits of Bacon's first major post (as Solicitor General to James I), "an important step in the development of his jurisprudence" and in forming his theory of natural law, all expressions of James' proposed union of England and Scotland
Condition:
Modern speckled calf, double blind ruled, gilt ruled and lettered, somewhat browned, else well preserved with excellent margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79407
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
SCOTLAND, Comparative Law, natural law, jurisprudence
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A Serious Address to the People of Great Britain. In which the Certain Consequences of the Present Rebellion, Are fully demonstrated. Necessary to be perused by every Lover of his Country, at this Juncture
Publisher:
Printed for M. Cooper, at the Globe in Pater noster Row, London, 1745.
Description:
First edition of Fielding's first (of three) anti-Jacobite tracts appearing soon after the Rebels took Edinburgh, reflecting his zeal in that cause and "calculated to . . . rouse them [the public] to defend their Constitution and religion"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over marbled boards, gilt, occasional very light foxing, else well preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79260
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
SCOTLAND
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
The Compleate Copy-Holder. Wherein is contained a Learned Discourse of the Antiquity and Nature of Manors and Copy-Holds. With all things thereto incident, As Surrenders. Presentments. Admittances. Forfeitures. Customes [etc.]. Wing C4912. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by T. Cotes, for W. Cooke . . . in Holborne, London, 1641.
Description:
First edition of the earliest modern work on copyhold, the medieval 'unfree tenure' which had evolved as a tenure akin to a freehold (and was in some respects arguably superior to it), Coke's treatment "sometimes even epigrammatic, never verbose"
Condition:
Early 3/4 calf over marbled boards, very light browning, else well-preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79333
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, law of copyhold, landlord and tenant, Real Property
Author:
Bacon, Francis
Title:
The Learned Reading . . . upon the Statute of Uses: Being his double Reading to the Honourable Society of Grayes Inne. Published for the Common good. Wing B301; Gibson 211 [not calling for the plate or portrait noted in ESTC]
Publisher:
Printed for Mathew Walbancke, and Laurence Chapman, London, 1642.
Description:
First edition of the work described as "one of the greatest . . . lectures at the Inns of Court" and which prompted Holdsworth to observe that Bacon "was a great teacher of law . . . the only teacher of law who can be compared with him is Maitland"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 brown morocco, gilt ruled and lettered, light browning, else well preserved with generous margins and both blanks; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79332
Price:
$ 1600.00
Category:
trusts and estates, Inns of Court
Author:
Title:
Liber quorundam Canonum disciplinae ecclesiae Anglicanae. Anno 1571. S.T.C. 10037.5 [variant 2 with the cancel slip]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by John Day, London, 1571.
Description:
The first Latin printing comprising a second part of the revised 39 Articles of 1563, "established [by Elizabeth I] as the doctrinal foundations of the Church of England", to which clergy were ordered to subscribe by Act of Parliament in 1571
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, lightish staining, the lower margin cut close (no text affected), else clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79405
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Fortescue, John
Title:
The Difference Between an Absolute and Limited Monarchy; As it more particularly regards the English Constitution . . . Faithfully Transcribed from the MS. Copy in the Bodleian Library . . . Published with some Remarks by John Fortescue-Aland [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by W. Bowyer in White-Fryars, for E. Parker [etc.], London, 1714.
Description:
First edition of "the earliest constitutional treatise written in the English language", one of Fortescue's major works, written by him in the 1470's, its modern edition (by Charles Plummer) published under the title 'The Governance of England'
Condition:
Contemporary speckled, panelled, Cambridge style calf, the joints cracked and repaired, new endpapers, else clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79331
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
15TH CENTURY, Comparative Law, English constitutional law, Parliament, political theory
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
Jura Coronae. His Majesties Royal Rights and Prerogatives Asserted, Against Papal Usurpations, and all other Anti-Monarchical Attempts and Practices. Collected out of the Body of the Municipal Laws of England. Wing B5260
Publisher:
Printed for George Dawes . . . against Lincolns-Inn-Gate, London, 1680.
Description:
Only edition of a work confirming Brydall's scholarship as "reflect[ing] a very wide range of jurisprudential expertise", itemizing with particularity Royal rights, powers and prerogatives, and relying upon Bracton, Coke, Grotius and Selden
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed and somewhat bowed, rebacked, clean and quite crisp, signature of William De Grey dated May 21 1680; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79404
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Agard, Arthur and Thomas Powell
Title:
The Repertorie of Records . . . with A briefe introductiue Index of the Records of the Chancery and Tower . . . As Also, A most exact Calender of all those Records [etc.]. S.T.C. 194.1 and Addenda [this copy with A3 properly signed] [this copy unique?]
Publisher:
Printed by B. Alsop and T. Fawcet, for B. Fisher [etc.], London, 1631.
Description:
The first printed effort to record and calendar England's public records, undertaken by Agard and after his death continued by Powell, its dedication to "Mercury" conjectured to be Bacon and thus an important part of the Bacon-Shakespeare controversy
Condition:
Contemporary mottled sheep, somewhat scraped, neatly rebacked, the final blank chipped, with A1 (otherwise blank); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79330
Price:
$ 600.00
Category:
courts, MEDIEVAL, Procedure, Every Man Law Books, Shakespeare
Author:
Ashe, Thomas
Title:
Vn General Table, a touts les seueral Liures de les Reports de le darreine tresreuerend Iudge, Sir Edward Coke . . . Ouesq[ue] deux Catalogues Alphabetical, Lun de les principal Cases, lauter de touts les general Titles . . . des dits Reports. S.T.C. 5526
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Statio[ners], London, 1618.
Description:
The much expanded second edition of the first abridgement of Coke's reports, now covering all eleven parts, undertaken by Thomas Ashe, the pioneer of this genre of legal literature and, in Holdsworth's words, "a great maker of indices and abstracts"
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt lettered, generally clean with good margins, ownership signature of Richard Levinge dated 1652 on the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79403
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Abridgements, reports of cases
Author:
Title:
The Traveller's Guide, and, The Country's Safety. Being A Declaration of the Laws of England against High way men, or Robbers upon the Road . . . Illustrated with variety of Law Cases, Historical Remarks, Customs, Usages [and] Authorities. Wing M50
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1683.
Description:
First edition of the first work devoted exclusively to the laws protecting travellers, invoking the "hue and cry" and anticipating the many complications (thief takers, approvers, accomplices turning state's evidence) to ensue in the 18th century
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, somewhat rubbed and marked, else crisp and well preserved, with the first blank and the two advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79402
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
law of highways, criminal law
Author:
Title:
The Act of Tonnage & Poundage, and Rates of Merchandize, With The Further Subsidy; The Old Impost; The Additional Impost; And all other Duties relating to Her Majesties Customs, now Payable upon any sort of Merchandize Imported or Exported [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb [&c], London, 1702.
Description:
A massively detailed work evidencing the enormous revenue generating power of England's customs and excise, "the key to England's financial success" (in contradistinction to France), complemented by the pertinent statutes over the prior half century
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the original label preserved, especially clean and bright, with the errata leaf after the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79401
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Commercial Law, economics
Author:
Title:
Magna Charta, cum statutis, tum antiquis, tum recentibus, maximopere, animo tenendis nunc demum ad vnum, tipis aedita per Richardum Tottell S.T.C. 9280; Beale S19
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Richard Tottell, the 8. day of Marche 1576, London, 1576.
Description:
A pioneering printing of Magna Carta, introducing recent statutes, providing references to Rastell's Collection (and even improving and adding to it), and containing a new preface, all to be followed in the main in subsequent editions
Condition:
Modern calf, double blind ruled and gilt lettered, very light browning, else well preserved with generous margins and occasional notes; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79400
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
English Commonwealth, Gold Coast, GHANA, Magna Carta
 
Author:
Thorpe
Title:
Sergeant Thorpe Judge of Assize for the Northern Circuit, His Charge, As it was delivered to the Grand Jury at Yorke Assizes the twentieth of March, 1648
Publisher:
London, 1649.
Description:
Lower margin trimmed with some loss of text
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, the title and last leaf quite darkened, light browning elsewhere, yet a crisp working copy; 30 pages
Book No.:
W-79188
Price:
$ 175.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Keyser, Henry
Title:
The Law Relating to Transactions on the Stock Exchange
Publisher:
Henry Butterworth, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1850.
Description:
Only edition of a work written on the eve of the dramatic half-century transforming the London Stock Exchange, expanding its transactions beyond government and railway securities to commercial and industrial stocks safeguarded by limited liability
Condition:
Original cloth, neatly rebacked, printed paper label, some browning and general wear, else a good copy; with a 16 page Butterworth catalogue appended
Book No.:
W-76854
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
economics, Law and the stockmarket
Author:
Story, Joseph
Title:
Sketch of the Life of Samuel Dexter . . . As Delivered to the Grand Jurors of the District of Massachusetts, and to the Members of the Suffolk Bar, At the opening of the Court in Boston, Published at Their Joint Request [etc.]. Cohen 1975
Publisher:
Printed by John Eliot, Boston, 1816.
Description:
Story's eulogy of the Boston lawyer whom he characterized in his 'Autobiography' as "at the head of the Massachusetts Bar, and truly princeps inter pares" and whom Story later chose, in his Dane lecture, as a role model for students in the law school
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, quite browned, last leaf repaired (text legible), now preserved in a modern 3/4 calf case; uncommon, four copies in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77583
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
biography
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
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
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
Author:
Frankfurter, Felix
Title:
Some Reflections on the Reading of Statutes. The Sixth Annual Benjamin N. Cardozo Lecture Delivered before The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, March 18, 1947
Publisher:
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York, 1947.
Description:
Presentation copy--"For my dearly beloved / Eustace Lacey [with whom Frankfurter and Justice Brandeis had met with Arthur Balfour in Paris in June 1919 on the Palestine question] / as a messenger of affection / from his silent but devoted / Felix"
Condition:
Original crimson cloth, a trifle faded, else a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79259
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Supreme Court, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
 
Author:
Lindley, Curtis H.
Title:
A Treatise on the American Law Relating to Mines and Mineral Lands within the Public Land States and Territories and Governing the Acquisition and Enjoyment of Mining Rights in Lands of the Public Domain. Third Edition in Three Volumes
Publisher:
Fred B. Rothman & Co., Littleton, 1988.
Description:
The received edition of the foremost work on American mining law ever written, still of value, "the merit [of which] was quickly recognized in its first edition", this edition discussing several previously vexed matters resolved in the interim
Condition:
Original green cloth gilt, the facsimile reissue of the third edition of 1914
Book No.:
W-76852
Price:
$ 245.00
Category:
mining law
Author:
Jong, Fang-Ling
Title:
A Bookwoman's Four Seasons
Publisher:
Vista Publishing, Taipei, 2015.
Description:
The latest work by the first author to profile Western booksellers in the Chinese language, with chapters on John Keats House, Jack London's Beauty Ranch, Eugene O'Neill's Tao House, John Steinbeck's country, and much on antiquarian books in general
Condition:
Original cloth, as new in the dustjacket, copy 864 of an edition limited to 888 copies, signed by the author
Book No.:
W-78456
Price:
$ 60.00
Category:
CHINA
 
Author:
Brown, William
Title:
Entring Clerk's Vade Mecum. Being an Exact Collection of Precedents For Declarations and Pleadings in most Actions; especially such as are brought For, or Against Heirs, Executors, or Adminstrators . . . Bills of Exchange . . . Assurance [&c]. Wing B5085
Publisher:
Printed by G. Sawbridge, W. Rawlins, and S. Roycroft [etc.], London, 1678.
Description:
First edition of one of Brown's many works, all practical, here reflecting his experience as chief protonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, taking entries from the royal courts' plea rolls, a subject "replete with learning" in John Baker's words
Condition:
Contemporary calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, rubbed, but a sound clean copy, with the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79185
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Title:
Catalogue of The Law Library of the late James Steen of Eatontown, N.J. With a number of added lots o the same subject. To be sold at Auction Friday, November 25th 1910 . . . By The Merwin-Clayton Sales Company, 20-24 East 20th Street, New York
Publisher:
The Merwin-Clayton Sales Company, New York, 1910.
Description:
The seemingly unrecorded auction catalogue of the extensive library of Steen, a Princeton graduate and provincial New Jersey lawyer, with substantial sections of both New Jersey and New York law and law books from the 16th to the 20th centuries
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a trifle faded, else a very good copy, 437 lots in 30 pages; no copy in OCLC
Book No.:
W-79258
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Dealer & Auction Catalogues
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
Author:
Duncombe, Giles
Title:
Tryals per Pais: Or, the Law of England Concerning Juries by Nisi Prius, &c. Newly Revised, and much Inlarged . . . To which is now Added, A farther Treatise of Evidence . . . Very Useful and Necessary for all Lawyers [etc.]. Third Edition. Wing E3414
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Rich. and Edw. Atkins [etc.], London, 1695.
Description:
The last 17th century edition of the first substantial treatise on the English jury and the English law of evidence, deservedly popular for over a century
Condition:
Original sheep, very worn, boards and some pages detached, ex-Cambden County Historical Society, table [index] imperfect; most definitely a working copy
Book No.:
W-79257
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
trials, Evidence, juries, criminal law
Author:
Cunningham, Timothy
Title:
A New Treatise on the Laws For Preservation of the Game: Containing All the Statutes, Cases at Large, Arguments, Resolutions, and Judgments concerning it . . . The Second Edition, with the Addition of the late Fish-Act [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers, And Sold by M. Thrush &c, London, 1766.
Description:
The rare, expanded edition of one of some twenty works by the Middle Temple barrister and antiquary, and his sole work on the game laws, his works elsewhere praised by Holdsworth, with much on deer, fish, hares, hawks, and partridges, inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, the front joint cracked but quite firm, a very good clean copy with the advertising leaf; three copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-79183
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
game law
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts [etc.]. Wing C4930; ESTC R504744 [the edition identified in November, 2014, two copies located in ESTC]
Publisher:
Printed by M. Flesher, for W. Lee, and D. Pakeman, London, 1648.
Description:
The rare, just identified second edition of Coke's exhaustive examination of English courts, comprising the fourth (and last) part of his famed Institutes, treating of King's Bench, Common Pleas, Chancery, Star Chamber and several dozen other courts
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled sheep, quite worn, rebacked, some browning, final blanks quite chipped, yet a sturdy copy; with the frontispiece portrait
Book No.:
W-79255
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
courts
Author:
Title:
The Speeches at Full Length, of the Honourable Thomas Erskine, and Stewart Kyd, Esq. on the Trial of Thomas Williams, Indicted for Publishing Thomas Paine's "Age of Reason," Together with Lord Kenyon's Charge to the Jury [etc.]. Not in McCoy
Publisher:
No Publisher Stated, London, 1797?.
Description:
Erskine in an unaccustomed role, successfully prosecuting a bookseller who had sold Paine's work some six years after Erskine had defended Paine in writing 'The Rights of Man', a 'victory' so troubling him that he ultimately returned his retainer
Condition:
?Original self-wraps, disbound, repair to title (legibility preserved), a usable copy, 31 pages; uncommon, no copy in a law library in ESTC
Book No.:
W-79254
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, freedom of press
Author:
Title:
The Office of Generall Remembrance. Of Matters of Record, created by his Maiesties Letters Patents for ease of his Subiects in their searches . . . Is kept in Cursitors Court, right ouer against Lincolnes Inne in Chauncery Lane [etc.]. S.T.C. 18788
Publisher:
Printed by G. Eld for the Rememberances Generall [etc.], London, 1617.
Description:
Only edition of a pathbreaking and broadly conceived effort to achieve the registration of a great variety of matters, including wills and transactions affecting land, ultimately unsuccessful, anticipating similar aims only realized centuries later
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, some browning and staining, yet crisp, with the elaborate folding table detailing the scheme of registrations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79252
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Author:
Kitchin, John
Title:
Le Court Leete & Court Baron . . . les cases & matters necessaries pur Seneschals de ceux courts a scier, & pur les Students de les measons de Chauncerie . . . Court de Marshalsey, Auncient demesne, Court de Pipowders [etc.]. STC 15021; Beale T373 and T378
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Totelli [etc.], London, 1592.
Description:
The work which--with Lambarde's "Eirenarcha"--remains essential to the understanding of Tudor local courts and government, treating of both civil and criminal matters, complemented by an edition of the Returna Brevium bound in with a separate title
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered lozenges, rebacked, signatures of Richard Norwood and Jno Prynne, quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79325
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
justices of peace, courts, criminal law, courts
Author:
Craufurd, Quentin
Title:
The History of the Bastile: With a Concise Account of the Late Revolution in France. To Which Is Added, An Appendix, Containing, among other Particulars, An Enquiry into the History of the Prisoner with the Mask
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, London, 1790.
Description:
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the front board detached and the rear joint cracked, else a clean copy, with the half title and the elaborate folding plan
Book No.:
W-78522
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
FRANCE, prisons
Author:
Ashe, Thomas
Title:
Epieikeia: Et Table generall a les Annales del Ley, per quel facilment troueres touts les cases contenus in yceux; queux concerne le exposition des Statutes per Equitie [etc.]. S.T.C. 840
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of the Stationers, London, 1609.
Description:
Only edition of Ashe's much praised work, its introduction [in English] "a highly intelligent discourse on the nature of equity in English law", capturing from the year books and reported cases instances in which statutes have been extended equitably
Condition:
Modern dark calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, red edges, three circular library stamps, else quite clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79324
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
equity, Year Books, reports of cases
Author:
Title:
Anno XXIIII Henrici VIII. Actis made in the Session of this present parliament, holden uppon prorogation at Westmynstre . . . in the xxiiii yere of the reygne of . . . Kynge Henry the VIII [1533] [etc.]. Beale S150; S.T.C. 9377. Folio
Publisher:
In Aedibus Thomae Bertheleti Regii Impressoris [etc.], London, 1538.
Description:
The Parliament in which the first great step was taken to extinguish papal jurisdiction and power in England, ensuring that Henry's divorce would be determined by Cranmer's archepiscopal court, and leading to Henry's supremacy in the English Church
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, very light browning, else well preserved, five copies in ESTC, one with a mutilated imprint; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78521
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Acts, 16TH CENTURY, Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Title:
Justice Restored: Or, A Guide For his Majesties Justices of Peace, Both in Sessions, and out of Sessions, according to the Ancient Lawes of the Kingdom. Wing J1251B [a variant with the second title page only]
Publisher:
Printed by T.R. for H. Twyford, T. Dring, and J. Place, London, 1660.
Description:
First edition of a rare work, further editions of which appeared later in the decade, seeking to simplify proceedings before justices of the peace so that those not acquainted with earlier practice "may be fully instructed"; five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, quite rubbed, rebacked, the original spine laid down, tightly bound, some browning, yet quite usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79323
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
justices of peace
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
In this booke is conteyned y office of Shyryffes, Baylyffes of lybertyes, Escheatours, Constables, & Coroners, and shewethe what euery one of them may do by vertue of theyr offyces, drawen out of bokes of the comen lawe [etc.]. S.T.C. 10987.5
Publisher:
Jmprynted . . . in fletestrete . . . by Wyllyam Powell [etc.], London, 1549.
Description:
A rare early edition of the first work devoted to the English law of the offices of sheriff, coroner, and other local officials, tremendously popular, with some twenty editions published over a forty year period from 1538; two copies in S.T.C.
Condition:
Modern calf, somewhat rubbed, neatly rebacked, quite bright and clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79322
Price:
$ 5000.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners
Author:
Title:
The Greate abbrydgement of all y statutes of Englande vntyl the xxxiii yere of the reygne of . . . Henry the eyght [1542] [with] the abregementes of the statutes made in the xxxiii yere of . . . kyng Henry the viii. S.T.C. 9524 and 9544; Cowley 39 and 40
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . by me Wyllyam Myddylton [imprints vary], London, 1542.
Description:
The penultimate editions of the first abridgement in English of England's statutes, first edited and published by John Rastell in 1519, then expanded and improved upon by Rastell's son, William, in 1530/31, and here continued to 1542
Condition:
Modern blind ruled calf, the title repaired and backed, the last leaf repaired with small loss, else generally quite clean and bright; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79321
Price:
$ 6500.00
Category:
Abridgements
 
Author:
Wellman, Francis L.
Title:
The Art of Cross-Examination. With the Cross-Examinations of Important Witnesses in Some Celebrated Cases. February 1904 [third] reprinting
Publisher:
MacMillan and Company, New York, 1904.
Description:
An early printing of Wellman's first book, to become a classic account of trial technique, first treating of cross examination's principles and then giving famous examples, "fascinating alike to lawyer and laymen" in Emory Buckner's words
Condition:
Original crimson cloth, quite rubbed, slightly bowed, private owner's bookplate, else a good clean copy, with the title printed in red and black
Book No.:
W-77578
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
Advocacy
 
Author:
Baker, John
Title:
Collected Papers on English Legal History. Three Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013.
Description:
Eighty-four essays written over a forty year period, the fruits of Sir John Baker's marvelous and eminently engaging and readable scholarship, meriting the comparison with Maitland's Collected Papers also issued in three volumes over a century ago
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, housed in a protective, though slightly bumped, blue box; otherwise as new
Book No.:
W-78379
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
English Law
 
Author:
Johnson, et al (eds.), Robert C.
Title:
Commons Debates 1628. Five Volumes [of six]
Publisher:
Yale University Press, New Haven, 1977-83.
Description:
Five (of six) volumes of the definitive edition of the debates and proceedings in the House of Commons in this historic Parliament, undertaken by the Yale Center for Parliamentary History; without volume five
Condition:
Original black cloth, gilt, a very good set
Book No.:
W-77649
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, Parliament, Supreme Court
Author:
De Haas, Jacob
Title:
Louis D. Brandeis, A Biographical Sketch, With Special Reference to his Contributions to Jewish and Zionist History. With Full Text of His Addresses Delivered from 1912-1924
Publisher:
Bloch Publishing Company, New York, 1929.
Description:
Seemingly Brandeis's personal copy of the biography by Jacob De Haas, the person responsible for Brandeis' conversion to Zionism, of whom it has been said that (possibly excepting President Wilson) "no man changed [Brandeis'] life so significantly"
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in a somewhat chipped dustjacket; with Brandeis's signature ("Louis D Brandeis") at the upper right hand of the title
Book No.:
W-78377
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
 
Author:
Foss, Edward
Title:
Biographia Juridica, A Biographical Dictionary of the Judges of England, From the Conquest to the Present Time, 1066-1870
Publisher:
John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, 1870.
Description:
Still the principal biographical source for the study of the English judiciary, distilled and expanded from Foss's 'Judges of England', a work Holdsworth termed "of the greatest value to legal historians, principally for the biographies"
Condition:
Original embossed cloth, gilt, quite rubbed and unevenly faded, the front hinge cracked, else a usable copy
Book No.:
W-76919
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, biography
Author:
Cordeaux, William
Title:
A Handbook on the Law of Traction Engines, With the Statutes Which Govern Their Use upon Highways
Publisher:
Printed by Shaw & Sons . . . Law Printers and Publishers, London, 1883.
Description:
Only edition of the first work (other than statutory epitomes) devoted exclusively to the law of traction engines, or "road locomotives", the self-propelled steam engines which revolutionized agriculture through displacing draught horses
Condition:
Original limp green cloth, gilt-lettered, somewhat strained and marked, else a good copy; four locations in OCLC, none outside the United Kingdom
Book No.:
W-76773
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Author:
Chitty, Joseph
Title:
A Practical Treatise on the Law Relative to Apprentices and Journeymen, and to Exercising Trades
Publisher:
Printed for W. Clarke and Sons, Law Booksellers [etc.], London, 1812.
Description:
Only edition of Chitty's pioneering book, prompted "by events which arose out of the industrial revolution", praised by Holdsworth and disclosing how the law, dating to an Elizabethan statute, was increasingly out of touch with current working life
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, rubbed and a trace of foxing, else a very good, clean and crisp copy
Book No.:
W-76772
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
 
Author:
Title:
Tax Update for Business Owners
Publisher:
TPR Publishing Co, Inc., Scarsdale, 1990-93.
Description:
A substantial run of this monthly serial intended (as its title suggests) to provide substantive tax information to the small business owner, this run from Volume 9, Number 2 (February 1990) through Volume 12, Number 7 (July 1993); one copy in OCLC
Condition:
Each issue in its orignal three-hole punched stapled wraps, a bit curled, else well preserved, in a custom binder
Book No.:
W-79178
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
taxation
Author:
Frankfurter, Felix
Title:
Some Observations on the Nature of the Judicial Process of Supreme Court Litigation
Publisher:
Privately printed?, Philadelphia?], 1954?].
Description:
Presentation copy of Justice Frankfurter's lecture read before the American Philosophical Society, with much on due process, on judicial restraint, and some penetrating comments on Justice Cardozo; inscribed "For Fritz Wiener / from his friend / FF"
Condition:
Original printed and sewn stapled wraps, a very good copy, now preserved in a modern 3/4 calf folding case, gilt lettered, 16 pages; four copies in OCLC
Book No.:
W-78375
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Supreme Court
Author:
Story, Joseph
Title:
A Discourse Pronounced at the Funeral Obsequies of John Hooker Ashmun, Esq., Royall Professor of Law in Harvard University, Before the President, Fellows, and Faculty, in the Chapel of the University. Cohen 1925
Publisher:
Brown, Shattuck, and Company, Booksellers to the University, Cambridge, 1833.
Description:
Story's tribute to the individual who had been his sole fellow faculty member at Harvard Law School, the two of them having successfully started the rejuvenation of the school only a few years before, setting it on the path to its future renown
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over green cloth boards, gilt, one vertical crease and a trace of foxing, else a very good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-77719
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
biography, education
 
Author:
Blandford, Linda A. and Patricia Russell Evans eds.
Title:
Supreme Court of the United States 1789-1980: An Index to Opinions Arranged by Justice. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Kraus International Publications, New York, 1983.
Description:
Condition:
Original black buckram, gilt, ex-library, else a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-77573
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
Supreme Court
Author:
Thring, Henry
Title:
The Law and Practice of Joint-Stock and Other Public Companies: Including the Statutes, with Notes, and The Forms Require in Making, Administering, and Winding Up a Company. Second Edition
Publisher:
Stevens & Sons, H. Sweet, and W. Maxwell [etc.], London, 1867.
Description:
A rare edition of the work by Thring, writing upon the seminal Companies Act of 1862 which he himself had drafted, appearing the year before he became the first Parliamentary Counsel, in recognition of his superior talents as a great draftsman
Condition:
Modern light grey boards, black lettered, light browning, else well preserved; no location given in OCLC with this collation of 673 pages, one in COPAC
Book No.:
W-76917
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
corporations
Author:
Title:
Les Ans ou Reports del raigne du Roye Edward le quart, nouelment reuieu et corriggee en diuers lieux. Ouesque un Table perfect des choses [and] les cases icy referres al Abridgement de Brooke, & as auters Lieurs del common Ley [etc.]. S.T.C. 9769; Beale R372
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Wight & Bonhami Norton, Londini, 1599.
Description:
The first collected edition, and the only sixteenth century edition, rich in cases, with reports (separately paginated) for each of the reign's twenty-two years [1461-1483], save for the fifth year, for which the Long Quinto survives
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, centered blind lozenges, one leaf repaired (no loss); a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76844
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Meredith, William
Title:
Letter to Dr. Blackstone, By the Author of the Question Stated. To which is prefixed, Dr. Blackstone's Letter to Sir William Meredith. Eller 259
Publisher:
Printed for G. Woodfall, Charing Cross [etc.], London, 1770.
Description:
Part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, and most embarrassing for 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:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a very good crisp copy; with the half-title
Book No.:
W-77718
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
law of elections, English constitutional law
Author:
Grotius, Hugo
Title:
De Jure Belli ac Pacis Libri Tres, In quibus jus Naturae & Gentium, item juris publici praecipua explicantur. Editio Nova cum Annontatis Auctoris, Ex postrema ejus ante obitum cura multo nunc auctior [etc.]. Ter Meulen & Diermanse 572
Publisher:
Apud Iohannem Blaev, Amsterdami, 1646.
Description:
The last edition upon which Grotius was to work, published posthumously and including matter he had deemed prudent to exclude from previous editions, this the text chosen by the Carnegie Endowment as the basis for its edition in the 20th century
Condition:
Modern blind tooled calf, some light browning, else a very good, crisp copy, with the title page printed in red and black
Book No.:
W-79176
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
international law
Author:
Lenoble, Jacques and Marc Maesschalck
Title:
Toward a Theory of Governance, The Action of Norms
Publisher:
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2003.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed boards, as new, still in the publisher's shrinkwrap
Book No.:
W-79249
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
international law, natural law
Author:
Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:
De Pace Regis et Regni. viz. A Treatise declaring which be the great and generall Offences of the Realme . . . as Treasons, Homicides, and Felonies, Ryots, Routs, Vnlawfull assemblies . . . Forgeries, Periuries . . . Deceit [etc.]. S.T.C. 20495. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1609.
Description:
First edition of the first work on English criminal law written in English, exceptionally thorough, called by Holdsworth "comprehensive and well arranged", with extensive (even exhaustive) references and sidenotes complementing the text
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, small hole to the title (no text affected), some marginal worming and light dampstaining, usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78373
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno XXIII H. VIII. The kynge our soueraygne lorde Henry the eight . . . at the sessions of his highe Courte of parlyament . . . holden at westmister . . . in the xxiii yere of his moste noble reigne [1532] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9373; Beale S143. Folio
Publisher:
Imprynted at London in Fletestrete by Thomas Berthelet [etc.], London, 1538?.
Description:
A crucial session of the Reformation Parliament, one which (in G.R. Elton's words) "ushered in the full revolution which dominated the history of the 1530's", achieved the clergy's enforced submission, and removed the hope of a settlement with Rome
Condition:
Modern 3/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, a touch of marginal worming, light browning, else well preserved, five copies in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78519
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
Author:
Title:
Registrum omnium breuium tam originalium quam iudicialium, nouiter Impressium et quam exacte correctum et emendatum. S.T.C. 20837; Beale 310
Publisher:
Excusum Londini, apud Richardum Tottelum [etc.], London, 1553.
Description:
Second appearance of one of the most important of all medieval English law books, likened by Maitland to a medieval cathedral, the original sheets of Rastell's first edition of 1531, including his colophon, here paired with Tottel's title and tables
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, marbled endpapers, remains of clasps, some foxing, but quite crisp and appealing; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78445
Price:
$ 6500.00
Category:
Procedure
Author:
Title:
Anno Vicesimo Secundo Henrici Octavi. Statvta Bonvm Pvblicvm Concernentia Edita in perliamento tento apud westm[inster] xvi die Ianuarii . . . et inde vlterius prorogati vsque ad xiii die Octobris [1531]. S.T.C. 9370.6 (including this copy); not in Beale
Publisher:
Tho. Berthelet regius impressor excudebat. Cvm Privilegio, London, 1547?].
Description:
The second Reformation Parliament, laying the groundwork for the divorce of Catherine of Aragon, enacting the landmark statute "fac[ing] the necessity of providing for the impotent poor", and challenging the independent jurisdiction of the Church
Condition:
Later 1/4 brown morocco over marbled boards, light pencil notations, generally well preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78518
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
poor law, Religion, divorce
Author:
Park, James Allan
Title:
A System of the Law of Marine Insurances, with Three Chapters on Bottomry; on Insurances on Lives; and on Insurances Against Fire
Publisher:
Printed by His Majesty's Lw Printers: For T. Whieldon [etc.], London, 1787.
Description:
First edition of the first work on insurance law to be published, written by the friend and protege of Mansfield, who encouraged Park to write the book; in Holdsworth's words "the best text-book upon the law of insurance [and] very successful"
Condition:
Contemporary reverse calf, somewhat rubbed, the top inch of the front joint cracked, else very clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79174
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
admiralty, insurance law, maritime law
Author:
Dyer, James
Title:
Cy ensuont ascuns nouel cases Collectes per le iades tresreuerend Iudge, Mounsieur Iasques Dyer, chiefe Iustice del common banke, Ore primierment publies & imprimies [etc.]. S.T.C. 7388(b) [this, the Taussig copy]; Beale R481
Publisher:
in Aedibus Richardi Tottelli, Ianuarii primo [etc.], London, 1585.
Description:
First edition of Dyer, one of two named reports (with Plowden) to appear in the 16th century, of particular value, in Dr. Baker's words, for the "quotations from manuscript reports and readings, many of which are now known only from this source"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, occasional light staining, repairs to the first blanks, else an exceptionally bright copy
Book No.:
W-78371
Price:
$ 5000.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
Burn, Richard
Title:
The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer. The Second Edition, with the Statutes and adjudged Cases continued to the present Time. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for A. Millar, in the Strand, London, 1756.
Description:
First revision of the most popular work ever written on justices of the peace (first appearing the year before) at the height of their power in the mid-eighteenth century, with a contemporary manuscript table of contents on the blanks of each volume
Condition:
Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, the rear joint of the second volume just cracked but quite firm, else especially bright and clean; the Taussig set
Book No.:
W-78444
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
justices of peace
Author:
Title:
Anno XXI. Henrici VIII. Statvta ad rempspectantia, edita in prima sessione parliamenti . . . tertio die Nouembris . . . continuati per xliiii dies, videlicet vsque ad xvii diem Decembris [1529] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9366.5; not in Beale. Folio
Publisher:
In Aedibus Thomae Bertheleti Regii Impressoris. Cvm Privilegio, London, 1536(?).
Description:
A rare printing of the acts of the first session of the Reformation Parliament, "clearly one of the most important assemblies ever to gather in England", ultimately leading to the rejection of papal authority and to the Anglican Church's independence
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, a trace of marginal worming, else well-preserved, one copy in STC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78517
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
Acts, Religion
Author:
Powell, Thomas
Title:
The Attourney's Academy: Or, The Manner and forme of proceeding practically, vpon any Suite, Plaint or Action whatsoeuer, in any Court of Record whatsoeuer, within this Kingdome: Especially, in the Great Covrts at Westminster [etc.]. S.T.C. 20163. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed [by George Purslowe] for Beniamin Fisher [etc.], London, 1623.
Description:
First edition variant of Powell's pioneering work on the practice in the Royal and other courts, in John Baker's words "[t]he first printed treatise on common-law procedure", with much on Chancery, Common Pleas, Star Chamber, and the Exchequer
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, front blank and title repaired (legibility preserved) and a bit dusty, else quite crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79173
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Title:
The Ship-Owner's Manual . . . Containing a General System of the Maritime Laws . . . with New adjudged Cases . . . Also, The Navigation Act, Register Act, Manifest Act, Ship-owner's Act, Whale Fisher Act, Smuggling Acts [etc.]. Sixth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by D. Akenhead, on the Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1790.
Description:
A rare, provincially printed work (not to be confused with the London printed "Shipmaster's Assistant"), treating of demurrage, insurance, and salvage; with a second part seemingly not in the only earlier edition in ESTC, located in one copy only
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, definite browning, one leaf lacking in the second part, else sound, one copy in ESTC, 215+104 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78516
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
maritime law, international law, criminal law
 
Author:
Denning, Alfred
Title:
The Road to Justice
Publisher:
Stevens & Sons, Limited, London, 1955.
Description:
A series of addresses which Denning delivered in Canada, South Africa, and the United States, on five subjects--The Road to Justice (the title of this collection), The Just Judge, The Honest Lawyer, The Free Press, and Eternal Vigilance
Condition:
Original cloth, foxing mainly to the fore edge, else a very good copy in a somewhat spotted dustjacket; with the publisher's review slip laid in
Book No.:
W-79172
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
Legal Ethics, natural law
Author:
Title:
Anno primo & secundo Philippi & Mariae. Actes made at a Parliament, begon and holden at Westminister, the xii daye of Nouembre, in the fyrste and seconde yeare of the reigne [1554-55] . . . were enacted as foloweth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9447.3; not in Beale
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in aedibus Iohannis Cawodi [etc.], London, 1555.
Description:
The rare first printing of the acts of this parliament, including a major expansion of the action of 'scandalum magnatum' [c.3], extending its scope to words (loss of ears upon conviction) and writings (the right hand); three copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern vellum backed cloth boards, lacking the title and three other leaves (supplied in facsimile), badly stained, occasional notations; a working copy
Book No.:
W-79245
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, defamation
Author:
Title:
Anno xiiii et anno xv Henrici octaui . . . at his parliament holden at London the xv day of Apryll in the xiiii yere of his mooste noble reign: And from thens adiourned to . . . July the xv yere [1523] [etc.]. STC 9362.11; not in Beale
Publisher:
Thomas Berthelet regius impressor excudebat. Cum priuilegio, London, 1533?.
Description:
A rare early printing of the statutes of these parliaments, and the first Berthelet printing, preceded by two other printings only (both by Pynson) each of them recorded solely in one copy in ESTC, this printing there recorded in three copies
Condition:
Modern 3/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, very light browning, a very little marginal worming, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78515
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Butterworth, Henry (comp.)
Title:
A Catalogue of Law Books, in General Use, of The Best Editions; Intended as a Guide to purchasers of Legal Works. The Second Edition, corrected and enlarged
Publisher:
Printed for Henry Butterworth, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1820.
Description:
A rare early catalogue of Butterworth's, this copy, with its notations, seemingly used as preparation for the firm's third edition of 1823, organized by subject matter, priced with bindings, size, and editions noted; two copies in OCLC, one in COPAC
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, rebacked, quite rubbed, interleaved, occasional notations (see below); a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79171
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Bibliography, Dealer & Auction Catalogues
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo & tertio Philippi & Marie. Actes made at a Parliament, begon and holden at Westminster the xxi daye of October [1555] . . . to the dissolution of the same . . . were enacted as foloweth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9450.3 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Excvsvm . . . in Aedibvs Iohannis Cavvodi [etc.], London, 1555.
Description:
The uncommon first printing of the legislation enacted by the Parliament held in the midst of the trials condemning to the stake over 300 martyrs, curiously reforming the law bailing prisoners and seeking to regulate the sale of stolen horses [c.7]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, very light staining to the upper margin of some leaves, else especially clean and crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79244
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds, trials, Law of Horses
Author:
Title:
Anno XXXII. Henrici Octavi [1540] . . . the actes folowing by his highnesse, with thassent of the lordes spiritual and temporal, and the comons assembled in the sayd parliament, haue bene established, ordeyned and enacted. STC 9402 [including this copy]
Publisher:
T. Powell?, London.
Description:
The legislation of the Parliament which included the Statute of Wills, "one of the most significant pieces of all English law", comprehensively restoring the power to devise real property and mitigating the effects of the Statute of Uses of 1536
Condition:
19th century cloth, light browning, else quite well preserved, with the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield on the front pastedown; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79317
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, Ecclesiastical Law, witchcraft, Wills
Author:
Stoughton, William
Title:
An Abstract, of Certain Acts of parliament: of certaine her Maiesties Iniunctions: of certain Canons, Constitutions, and Synodalles prouinciall: established and in force, for the peaceable gouernment of the Church [etc.]. S.T.C. 10394. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by Robert Waldegrave, London, 1583.
Description:
Part and parcel of the first substantial, organized Puritan opposition to the oath ex-officio and the High Commission, prompted specifically by Archbishop Whitgift's Twenty-Four Articles seeking to impose uniformity of liturgical observance
Condition:
Modern black morocco, all edges gilt, cut somewhat close with some running heads and catchwords shaved, the text unaffected, some browning; a good copy
Book No.:
W-76910
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
 
Author:
Toal, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles, Joseph Rt. Rev.
Title:
The Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate of Thomas Wynne. Feast of St. Columba, 9th June 2014
Publisher:
N.p., Fort William, 2014.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed illustrated stapled wraps, a bit crinkled, else well preserved, 12 unnumbered pages; no copy in COPAC or OCLC
Book No.:
W-78440
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
Religion
Author:
Title:
Anno Tertio Henrici VIII . . . at his parlyamente holden at westminster . . . hath, doo, to be ordeined, made, and enacted, certaine statutes and ordynaunces in manner and fourme folowinge. S.T.C. 9362.2 [this copy the Hetherington copy, there recorded]
Publisher:
Printed by T. Marshe?, London, 1575?.
Description:
The final sixteenth century printing of the acts of this parliament [only, without the acts through year 7], including the act against mummers disguising their appearance [c.9] and that seeking to limit sheriff abuses directed toward juries [c.12]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco over cloth boards, the inner margins strengthened and repaired, very light browning, else sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79315
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, sheriffs, juries, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Trial of Henry Fauntleroy, for Forgery, Together with His Execution &c. From a London Copy. Not in Cohen
Publisher:
Printed and Published at 121 Water-street, New York, 1825.
Description:
First American edition, seemingly unrecorded, of the trial stemming from "the most notorious of many frauds" in early 19th century England, leading to the reforms of the 1826 Banking Act; with Park and Garrow as judges, and Gurney for the defense
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, light staining, else a good, untrimmed copy in original state, 36 pages; no copy in OCLC or other source consulted
Book No.:
W-78512
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
trials, Forgery, criminal law
Author:
Holbourne [Holborne], Robert
Title:
The Reading in Lincolnes-Inne, Feb 28 1641. Vpon the Stat. of 25 E3 cap 2. Being the Statute of Treasons. Wing H2374
Publisher:
Printed by Leonard Lichfield, Printer to the Vniversity [etc.], Oxford, 1642.
Description:
First edition of the sole printed Inns of Court reading on the fundamental statute pursuant to which, in Maitland's words, "this crime [treason] was defined [and which] [f]rom 1352 to the present day . . . has formed the basis of the law of treason"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, somewhat browned and the outer margins folded over preserving the sidenotes, usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79314
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law, Inns of Court, education
Author:
Title:
Anno Vicesimo Secvndo Henrici Octavi. Statvta Bonvm Pvblicvm Concernentia Edita in perliamento tento apud westm[inster] xvi die Ianuarii . . . et inde vlterius prorogati vsque ad xiiii die Octobris [1531]. S.T.C. 9370.4 [five copies, one imperfect]
Publisher:
Tho. Berthelet regius impressor excudebat. Cvm Privilegio, London, 1540?].
Description:
The second Reformation Parliament, laying the groundwork for the divorce of Catherine of Aragon, enacting the landmark statute "fac[ing] the necessity of providing for the impotent poor", and challenging the independent jurisdiction of the Church
Condition:
Modern maroon unlettered cloth, rubbed, else quite a clean copy with the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield on the front pastedown; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79312
Price:
$ 1650.00
Category:
poor law, Religion, divorce
Author:
Clerke (Clarke), Francis
Title:
Praxis Tam jus dicentibus quam alijs omnibus qui in Foro Ecclesiastico versantur apprime utilis. Per Thomam Bladen S.T.D. Decanum Ardertensim, Illustrissimo Principi, Jacobo Duci Ormoniae . . . Primo in Lucem Edita [etc.]. Wing C4440
Publisher:
Per Nathanielem Thompson . . . in Vico Castelli, Dublin, 1666.
Description:
The first edition (here in its much less common variant printing) of the first work on English ecclesiastical law, in Holdsworth's words "the foundation of later books on this subject"; eight copies in ESTC, none in a law library, three in the USA
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning, else quite clean and usable, with the bookplate of Bryan Faussett; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79311
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Title:
Anno Vicesimo Secvndo Henrici Octavi. Statvta Bonvm Pvblicvm Concernentia Edita in perliamento tento apud westm[inster] xvi die Ianuarii . . . et inde vlterius prorogati vsque ad xiiii die Octobris [1531]. S.T.C. 9370.4 [five copies, one imperfect]
Publisher:
Tho. Berthelet regius impressor excudebat. Cvm Privilegio, London, 1540?].
Description:
The second Reformation Parliament, laying the groundwork for the divorce of Catherine of Aragon, enacting the landmark statute "fac[ing] the necessity of providing for the impotent poor", and challenging the independent jurisdiction of the Church
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, very light browning, a small stain to the lower margin, else quite well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79310
Price:
$ 1850.00
Category:
poor law, Religion, divorce
 
Author:
Dorsen, David M.
Title:
Henry Friendly, Greatest Judge of His Era. Foreword by Judge Richard A. Posner
Publisher:
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2012.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-77499
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
biography
Author:
Title:
A Brief Method of the Law. Being an Exact Alphabetical Disposition of all the Heads Necessary for a Perfect Common-Place. Useful to all Students and Professors of the Law; Much wanted, and earnestly desired [etc.]. Wing B4435A. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignees of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1680.
Description:
Only edition of an ingenious effort to rescue the law student otherwise (in Holdsworth's words) "thrown upon his own resources" in learning the law, providing 1,622 heads under which the law (and the student's common-place book) could be organized
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, an occasional light marginal stain, else quite crisp now preserved in a folding buckram case; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78298
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
introductory law, education
Author:
Brome, Alexander
Title:
The Record of a Famous Action upon the Case. In Rythme. Wherein Priscilla Morecrave, Widow, was the Plaintiff, and Roger Pricklove was the Defendant. Being An Essay towards the Reformation of the Law [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for J. Roberts at the Oxford Arms in Warwick-lane, London, 1727.
Description:
The rare reissue of Brome's satire humorously skewering in verse the Commonwealth's dictate that English be used in the law courts, here appearing some seventy years later, as again legal proceedings were proposed to be (and finally were) in English
Condition:
Modern boards, somewhat rubbed, else clean with ample margins and with the Fairfax of Cameron bookplate, six copies in ESTC, 12 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78296
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
humor, Poetry, legal reform
Author:
Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:
De Pace Regis et Regni, viz. A Treatise declaring which be the great and generall Offences of the Realme . . . as Treasons, Homicides, and Felonies, Menaces, Assaults, Batteries, Ryots, Routs, Vnlawfull assemblies [etc.]. S.T.C. 20497. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1615.
Description:
The penultimate edition of the first work on English criminal law written in English, exceptionally thorough, called by Holdsworth "comprehensive and well arranged", with extensive (even exhaustive) references and sidenotes complementing the text
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, a bit rubbed, rebacked, some fore-margins cut close, but legibility preserved, particularly clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78368
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Davys [Davies], John
Title:
Le Primer Report des Cases et Matters en Ley resolues & adiudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland. Collect & digest per Sr. Iohn Davys Chiualer, Atturney Generall del Roy en cest Realme [etc.] [the variant with folio 84 unnumbered]. S.T.C. 6362
Publisher:
Printed for the Company of Stationers, London, 1628.
Description:
First London edition of the first and only early Irish reports, first published in Dublin in 1615, undertaken by Davies, attorney general in Ireland, and "[t]he leading figure in the extension and enforcement of the common law" there
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, manuscript paper label, front hinge starting, else quite clean with the bookplate of William Hopkinson; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78295
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
Report on the Symposium on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize award to Bertha von Suttner, organized by the Embassies of Austria, Norway and Sweden in cooperation with the Carnegie Foundation in the Peace Palace [etc.]
Publisher:
Carnegie Foundation, The Hague, 2005.
Description:
With five addresses, including those on the law of disarmament and arms control, on international law and the ius contra bellum, and on the Hague Conference of 1909, together with Bertha von Suttner's Nobel Lecture and a bibliography of her work
Condition:
Original printed illustrated oversize wraps, a very good copy, 48 pages; uncommon, five copies in OCLC, one outside The Netherlands
Book No.:
W-76837
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
international law
Author:
Salmon, Thomas
Title:
A New Abridgement and Critical Review of the State Trials, and Impeachments for High-Treason . . . The Whole containing, I. The Substance of the Indictment or Charge. II. The Evidence. III. The Prisoner's Defence. IV. The several Points of Law [etc.] Folio
Publisher:
Printed for J. and J. Hazard [and six others] [etc.], London, 1738.
Description:
A major abridgement of the first edition of the state trials, undertaken by the latter's editor, Thomas Salmon, and itself a substantial folio of over 900 pages reporting trials spanning more than three centuries and adding a critical apparatus
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, rubbed, definite browning and foxing, but a sound usable copy
Book No.:
W-76691
Price:
$ 275.00
Category:
Abridgements, trials
 
Author:
Avins, Alfred
Title:
New Light on the Legislative History of Desertion Through Fraudulent Enlistment: The Decline of the United States Court of Military Appeals
Publisher:
Minnesota Law Review, Minneapolis, 1961.
Description:
Seemingly the author's personal copy, with the notation in pencil on the front wrap "Professor Avins - Comp Copy"
Condition:
Original printed wraps, the spine chipped, else a good copy; the November issue, Volume 46 Number 1
Book No.:
W-78294
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
military law, fraud
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
In this booke is contayned the offyces of Shyriffes, Bayliffes of lybertyes, Escheatours, Constables, and Coroners, and sheweth what euery one of them may dooe by vertue of their offices [etc.]. Not in S.T.C., Beale, nor ESTC
Publisher:
Imprynted ay London, by Thomas Marshe, London, No date.
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded edition of the first work devoted to the English law of the offices of sheriff, coroner, and other local officials, its title and colophon different from all other copies, and its running heads in black letter, not Roman
Condition:
Later calf, the title darkened and a bit chipped, as are the lower margins of several leaves, two leaves repaired (no text affected), the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79096
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners
Author:
Justice, Alexander
Title:
A General Treatise of the Dominion of the Sea . . . With Several Discourses about the Jurisdiction and manner of Proceeding in the Admiralty of England . . . [with] Several Eminent Lawyers Opinions in important Marine Cases [etc.]. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed for the Executors of J. Nicholson [etc.], London, 1710?].
Description:
One of the few substantial early works in English on maritime law, particularly valuable for its translations of the French laws of Louis XIV, the Rhodian sea laws, those of Oleron and Wisbuy and of the Hanse towns; with the folding frontispiece
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, the original extra gilt spine laid down, some browning, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78366
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
maritime law, international law
Author:
Title:
In Hoc Volumine continentur omnes Casus antehac impressi, qui acciderunt annis Regum Henrici quarti, & Henrici quinti [1399-1422], non modo impressorum, Sed etiam manu scriptorum exemplarium collatione emendati [etc.]. S.T.C. 9610. Folio
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Wight, London, 1605.
Description:
A rare example of a Year Book reporting cases from more than one reign, and the only Year Book to report cases from the reigns of both Henry IV and Henry V (apart from the later Vulgate edition), with a separate title for each reign
Condition:
Contemporary calf, somewhat rubbed and spotted, else a very good copy, with the 17th century ownership signature of John Legard, Inner Temple barrister
Book No.:
W-76835
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Title:
Anno Reg. Iacobi . . . At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster the xix. day of March, in the first yeere of the Raigne [together with four further volumes of Parliamentary legislation of James I]. S.T.C. 9500.6, 9502.5, 9505, 9506 and 9507.5
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [imprints vary], London, 1604-24.
Description:
A rare collection of the statutory compilations containing all the legislation enacted by Parliament during the reign of James I (save three subsidies), including the foundational acts concerning witchcraft (in 1604) and monopolies (in 1624)
Condition:
Modern 1/4 and 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning, minor marginal worming, occasional early annotations, sound and usable; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78439
Price:
$ 4000.00
Category:
Acts, witchcraft, patents, Parliament
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
The Revival of Comparative Law. Setaro 176
Publisher:
Tulane University College of Law, New Orleans, 1930.
Description:
The rare separate printing of the substance of Dean Pound's address delivered at the annual convention of the Louisiana Bar Association in Monroe, Louisiana, April 26, 1930; three copies in OCLC
Condition:
Original green stapled wraps, a very good copy, reprinted from the Tulane Law Review, Volume V, Number 1 of December 1930
Book No.:
W-79168
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Comparative Law
Author:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
A Collection of Tracts Relative to the Law of England, from Manuscripts, Now First Edited [etc.]. Volume 1 [all published] [without the errata]
Publisher:
Printed by T. Wright: And sold by E. Brooke [etc.], London, 1787.
Description:
Hargrave's editing of some of the choicest manuscripts from his personal library, including previously unpublished works by Blackstone and Hale, Holdsworth characterizing the effort as one of Hargrave's two "principal service[s] to legal history"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked, ex-library, browning, occasional early and informed notations; a good usable copy
Book No.:
W-77563
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English Law, Manuscripts
Author:
Hunter, Sylvester Joseph
Title:
The Act to Amend the Law of Property and to Relieve Trustees, (22 & 23 Vict. c.35,) with Introductions and Practical Notes
Publisher:
Butterworths, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1859.
Description:
The uncommon work written by a Lincoln's Inn barrister (elsewhere praised by Holdsworth for his expertise in equity), providing an introduction to each section of the Act, followed by the statutory text itself, and then a further gloss
Condition:
Original printed boards, quite darkened and rubbed, else a very good, clean and partly uncut copy; with a 24 page Butterworth's catalogue appended
Book No.:
W-76907
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Author:
Cardozo, Benjamin N.
Title:
The Paradoxes of Legal Science
Publisher:
Columbia University Press, New York, 1928.
Description:
First edition of one of Cardozo's three major works which, in their totality, Judge Posner has recently characterized as "the fullest statement of a jurisprudence of pragmatism that we possess"
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in an unclipped, just-chipped dustjacket, inscribed by Cardozo ("Benjamin N Cardozo") in ink on the front blank
Book No.:
W-76761
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
jurisprudence, philosophy of law, Supreme Court
Author:
Title:
A Letter to Junius. By the Author of the Answer to the "Question Stated". Not in Eller nor Laeuchli
Publisher:
Printed for James Fletcher and Co. [and two others], London, 1769.
Description:
A rare part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, Junius later speculating that the "Author" was Blackstone, this copy so noting in a contemporary hand on the title page; four copies in ESTC, none in North America
Condition:
Modern stabbed plain wraps, light foxing, ex-Birmingham Law Society, else a very good copy with ample margins; 15 pages
Book No.:
W-79167
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Law
 
Author:
Finlay, John
Title:
Legal Practice in Eighteenth-Century Scotland
Publisher:
Brill, Leiden, 2015.
Description:
Represented as "the first monograph to analyse the workings of Scotland's legal profession in its early modern European context [and] add[ing] a new dimension to our knowledge of Enlightenment Scotland"
Condition:
Original printed illustrated boards, as new; Studies in the History of Private Law, volume 9; Legal History Library, volume 18
Book No.:
W-78364
Price:
$ 206.00
Category:
SCOTLAND, 18TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Avins, Alfred
Title:
New Light on the Legislative History of Desertion Trhough Fraudulent Enlistment: The Decline of the United States Court of Military Appeals
Publisher:
Minnesota Law Review, Minneapolis, 1961.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a very good copy, offprinted from Volume 46 of the Review; pages 69-116
Book No.:
W-78291
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
military law, fraud
 
Author:
Title:
Developing an Image, Photography, Books, and the National Park Service, from the Collection of Robert Bothamley
Publisher:
Book Club of California, San Francisco, 2016.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-79239
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
law and photography
Author:
Finlason, William
Title:
A Few Words on the Law, As It Was, As It Is, and As It Ought to Be: With Special Reference to County Courts Suits, and Actions at Law
Publisher:
V. & R. Stevens and G.S. Norton . . . Lincoln's Inn, London, 1850.
Description:
An uncommon tract written by a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple and special pleader who served for almost a half century as The Times legal reporter, contending that the rules of pleading should apply in the newly established county courts
Condition:
Original ?self-stabbed wraps, disbound, a good clean copy, 31 pages; six copies in OCLC, one in a law library
Book No.:
W-76905
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
pleading, courts
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
The New Law Dictionary . . . Carefully Abridged . . . And particularly Referring To all the Law-Reports, and Acts of Parliament . . . Whereto is added, A curious Catalogue or Register of the Year-Books and Reports, with the Times of their Publication
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for R. Ware [and twelve others], London, 1743.
Description:
The uncommon (and sole) abridgment of Jacob's masterpiece, his original work far different from previous dictionaries, this abridgment undertaken by Jacob himself, with a special effort made to render it "easy, clear, and familiar"
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, somewhat rubbed, else a very good clean copy; eight copies in ESTC, one in a law library
Book No.:
W-77706
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
legal dictionaries, Abridgements, reports of cases, Acts, Year Books
 
Author:
Dunne, Gerald T.
Title:
Joseph Story, The Great Term--1837
Publisher:
Saint Louis University Law Journal, St. Louis, 1969.
Description:
The rare, separate printing of the eleventh in a series of essays written by Mr. Dunne, subsequently to appear, as revised, in his biography of Justice Story ("Justice Joseph Story and the Rise of the Supreme Court"), published the following year
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, unevenly faded, now preserved in a cloth folding case, 23 pages, from the Fall issue, Volume 14, No. 1; no copy in OCLC
Book No.:
W-78434
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
biography, Supreme Court, 19TH CENTURY
Author:
Prynne, William
Title:
A Plea for the Lords, and House of Peers: Or, A full, necessary, seasonable, enlarged Vindication, of the just, antient hereditary Right of the Lords, Peers, and Barons of this Realm to sit, vote, judge in all the Parliamemts [sic] of England. Wing P4034
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, London, 1658.
Description:
The tract first published in 1648, attacking the rising political power of the Levellers, here much expanded a decade later as Cromwell established a House of Lords, confirming both Prynne's enormous legal knowledge and his controversialist talents
Condition:
Contemporary mottled calf, mottled edges, especially crisp and appealing, once the copy of John Evelyn, with the modern booksticker; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78360
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Heath, Robert
Title:
Maxims and Rules of Pleading; in Actions Real, Personal, and Mixt, Popular, and Penal: Describing the Nature of Declarations, Pleas, Replications, Rejoynders, and all other Parts of Pleading . . . from the Manuscript of Sir Robert Heath [etc]. Wing H1340
Publisher:
Printed for Abel Roper, at the Mitre near Temple-Bar, London, 1694.
Description:
First edition of Heath's treatise, published after his death and based on his law notes and on the Year Books, Littleton, Dyer and Plowden, and patterned on Sir Matthew Hale's edition of Fitzherbert's Natura Brevium; with the imprimatur leaf
Condition:
Contemporary calf, front joint just cracking but firm, spine varnished, later label, ex-LA County Law Library, light browning; a usable copy
Book No.:
W-79162
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
maxims, pleading
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Henrici Octaui . . . at his parliament holden at Westminster . . . hath do to be ordeined, made, and enacted certaine statutes and ordinaunces in maner & fourme folowyng [1510]. S.T.C. 9360.5 [including this copy]; Beale S114
Publisher:
Imprinted at London in Fletestrete by Thomas Powell, London, 1563?.
Description:
The acts of Henry VIII's first parliament, strengthening the rule of law by condemning the actions of Empson and Dudley in Henry VII's reign [c.12] and repealing the trial of non-capital statutory offences upon information without indictment [c.6]
Condition:
Modern unlettered cloth, rubbed and somewhat worn, a good copy with ample margins and the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79308
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, criminal law, English constitutional law
 
Author:
Levene, Alexander
Title:
Does Trade Need Anti-Trust Laws? In Collaboration with George J. Feldman
Publisher:
Ray Long and Richard R. Smith, New York, 1931.
Description:
Condition:
Original tan cloth, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-77703
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
Anti-trust
Author:
Title:
The Olde Tenures [with] Littleton Tenures Nevly Imprinted [with] Natura breuium, newly & moost newly corrected [with] Articvli ad Narrationes Novas Pertim. Formati [with] [Fitzherbert] Diuersite de courtz. S.T.C. 23884, 15731.5, 18396, 818, and 10949
Publisher:
Imprints vary [three by Robert Redman; two by William Middleton], London, ?1532-?1545.
Description:
A unique collection of early English law books, all rare, three found in fewer than four copies in S.T.C., all important to the study of medieval English law and, in the case of the Littleton and Natura Brevium, English law in subsequent centuries
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, remains of clasps, first title darkened, bookplate of Frederick J O Montague; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79161
Price:
$ 12500.00
Category:
Author:
Wu, John C.H.
Title:
The Art of Law, and Other Essays Juridical and Literary
Publisher:
The Commercial Press, Limited, Shanghai, 1936.
Description:
Fifteen essays by the one-time correspondent with Justice Holmes, including a substantial four on the justice, together with portions of correspondence from Wigmore and Holdsworth (about Holmes, in part), closing with Wu's 'titbits of experience'
Condition:
Original cloth, light browning, inner marginal stain to the title (no text affected), else a superior copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-79234
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
Chief Justice John Marshall, A Symposium
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Philadelphia], 1955.
Description:
An advance printing of the Review's October issue, appearing on the bicentenary of the Chief Justice's birth, with essays by Justice Harold Burton, Edward Corwin, and George Haskins, among others, and a frontispiece portrait of Marshall
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, lightly worn, else a very good copy; 68 pages
Book No.:
W-79307
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
biography, Supreme Court, 19TH CENTURY
Author:
Herbert, J.B.
Title:
The Labourers' Allotments Act, 1887, Together with the Clauses of The Public Health Act, 1875, and The Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845, Incorporated in This Act, the Debates in both Houses of Parliament, upon the Bill [etc.]
Publisher:
Dean & Son 160A, Fleet Street, London, 1887.
Description:
A rare work written by a Middle Temple barrister devoted to the 1887 Act, fundamentally altering previous efforts (which had been charitable only), now mandating "the compulsory acquisition of land for . . . allotment amongst the labouring classes"
Condition:
Original blind embossed russet cloth, the front board lettered, the title lightly browned, else well preserved; two copies in OCLC, both in the UK
Book No.:
W-79306
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
labor law, Health Law, legal reform, poor law
Author:
Wharton, Francis and Moreton Stille
Title:
Preface to a Treatise on Medical Jurisprudence. Not in Cohen
Publisher:
Printed by Henry B. Ashmead, George Street above Eleventh, Philadelphia, 1855.
Description:
The rare tribute to Dr. Stille, in memory of his all too early death at age 32, reprinting the preface to the work which Francis Wharton and he had just published, describing his brief life and scholarship; with three memorial resolutions appended
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, a clean copy, 6+1 pages; one copy in OCLC of six pages, apparently not containing the seventh unnumbered page found here
Book No.:
W-77701
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Medical Jurisprudence
Author:
Ehrenzweig, Anton
Title:
The Psycho-Analysis of Artistic Vision and Hearing, An Introduction to a Theory of Unconscious Perception
Publisher:
Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., London, 1953.
Description:
Presentation copy to Albert Ehrenzweig from the author's son upon his father's death--"Mit innigen grussen / von Schwager, Bruder, Onkel / Toni [the son]", later given to Albert's best friend and physician, F.R. Goetzl, with his bookplate
Condition:
Original reddish brown cloth, lightly faded and worn, else a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79232
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Legal Art, law and psychiatry, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
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:
Gentili, Alberici
Title:
Regales Disputationes tres: idest, De potestate Regis absoluta. De vnione Regnorvm Britanniae. De vi ciuium in Regem semper iniusta. Nunc primum in lucem editae. S.T.C. 11741 (variant)
Publisher:
Apud Guilielmum Antonium, Hanoviae, 1605.
Description:
The rare variant printing (with Gentili's dedication to James I) of the work significantly modifying Gentili's views on absolutism and on the right of rebellion as set forth in his 'De Iure Belli', supporting Bodin and likely influential upon Hobbes
Condition:
Modern brown calf, blind ruled and gilt lettered, some browning else well preserved, no copy in OCLC in North America or in the UK; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79231
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
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:
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:
Brooke, Robert
Title:
La Graunde Abridgement, Collecte & escrie per le Iudge tresreuerend Syr Robert Brooke, Chiualier, nadgairs chiefe Iustice del common banke [with] La Secound part du Graunde Abridgement [etc.]. Two Volumes in one [complete]. S.T.C. 3828; Beale R471 & R472
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottell Duodecimo die Octobris. 1576, London, 1576.
Description:
Second edition of one of the two great early abridgments of English law, providing access to the centuries of Year Book cases and medieval legal sources otherwise virtually inaccessible; a massive work with over 20,000 entries arranged alphabetically
Condition:
Modern calf, light browning, occasional early annotations, bookplate "Earl of Ellenborough's Heirlooms" with the book numbered noted; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78289
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Staundforde [Stanford], William
Title:
Les Plees del Coron, diuisees in plusors titles & comon lieux [bound with] An Exposition of the Kinges Praerogatiue collected out of the great Abridgement of Iustice Fitzherbert, and other old Writers of the Lawes of England [etc.]. S.T.C. 23223 and 23217
Publisher:
In AEdibus Richardi Tottelli [and] Imprinted by Richard Totthil, London, 1583 & 1590.
Description:
Early editions of Stanford's two principal works, his "Plees" the first treatise on English criminal law and his "Exposition" on royal powers over many subjects, including women, wardship, idiots, insane persons, escheats, and wrecks, inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, centered blind lozenges, bookplate of Lord Halifax dated 1702, repairs to the first blanks, else crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78287
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law, maritime law, marriage, insanity
Author:
Griffith, William
Title:
Institutes of the Jurisdiction and of the Equity Jurisprudence and Pleadings of the High Court of Chancery . . . and with a Concise View of the Equity Jurisdiction of the County Courts
Publisher:
H. Sweet, 3, Chancery Lane, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1868.
Description:
Only edition of a work written by a Gray's Inn barrister, expressly patterned on Justinian, with a chapter on maxims, several on trusts, on married women ("connubium"), contracts ("commercium"), infants and lunatics ("civitas"), and fraud
Condition:
Modern blue buckram, gilt, some browning, else well-preserved; a presentation copy ("Owens College / from / The Author")
Book No.:
W-76756
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity, maxims, fraud, infants, insanity, trusts and estates, marriage
Author:
Title:
A Rare, extensive collection of over 250 mid-19th century original General Orders of Great Britain's Board of Customs, each dated and numbered, signed and initialed (usually by several individuals), with frequent manuscript notations and emendations
Publisher:
Board of Customs, London, 1846-48.
Description:
A day-to-day view of Great Britain's international commercial affairs during a three year period of its "imperial century", with orders issued by the Board itself, the Treasury Chambers, the Privy Council, and the Queen herself at several palaces
Condition:
Contemporary 1/2 vellum, the front board detached, each order with a hole towards its top as if initially spiked, else a good usable volume
Book No.:
W-76682
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
economics, international law
Author:
Fleetwood, William
Title:
Annalium tam Regum Edwardi quinti, Richardi tertii, & Henrici septimi, quam Henrici octavi. Titulorum Ordine Alphabetico digestorum, Elenchus [etc.]. S.T.C. 11034; Beale T354
Publisher:
In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli . . . Cum Priuilegio, London, 1579.
Description:
First edition of the useful index of the year books of the century preceeding the work's publication, by the well regarded Fleetwood, double-Reader and Recorder of London, arranged alphabetically by subject, the reign of Henry VIII separately treated
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt lettered, new endpapers, some light staining and minor worming, else well preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79088
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Gresley, Richard Newcombe
Title:
A Treatise on the Law of Evidence in the Courts of Equity. Cohen 5069
Publisher:
P.H. Nicklin & T. Johnson, Law Booksellers [etc.], Philadelphia, 1837.
Description:
First American edition of the first treatise devoted exclusively to the law of evidence in the courts of equity, greatly different from the law of evidence in the common law courts, to remain so until the reforms of the 1873 Judicature Act
Condition:
Original sheep, crimson morocco, gilt, rubbed and light browning, but a very good copy
Book No.:
W-77483
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Evidence, equity
Author:
Title:
The Proceedings at the Sessions of the Peace, and Oyer and Terminer, for the City of London and County of Middlesex . . . Being the First Sessions in the Mayoralty of the Right Honourable Sir Richard Brocas [etc.]. Numbers I-VIII [complete]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for T. Payne, at the Crown in Ivy-Lane [etc.], London, 1730-31.
Description:
The complete Old Bailey sessions for the year, disclosing as no other source does the operation of London's most famous criminal court, over 375 cases heard, with the sentences imposed--death (55) and (the majority) transportation (257), inter alia
Condition:
Modern calf-backed marbled boards, quite fresh and with ample margins, with ownership signatures of [Lord] Somerville; two complete copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-79087
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
criminal law, trials
Author:
Title:
Forms in Bankruptcy, Sold By H. Cullingworth & Son, Law Booksellers, No. 38 Boar Lane, Leeds . . . Forms of Law, in the Bradford and County Courts [and] Law Books on Sale by H. Cullingworth and Son
Publisher:
H. Cullingworth & Son, Leeds, 1837.
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded advertising sheet, listing 58 bankruptcy forms on its recto and 52 new and second-hand law books on its verso, the earliest an edition of Hale's Analysis of 1713 and two Blackstone's, each priced with format and binding given
Condition:
Broadsheet measuring about 7 x 12 inches, with conjugal blank, three horizontal folds, some marginal browning and a few chips, else quite well preserved
Book No.:
W-79086
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Forms & Form Books, bankruptcy, legal ephemera, Broadside
 
Author:
Meyer, Ernst Christopher
Title:
Nominating Systems: Direct Primaries versus Conventions in the United States
Publisher:
Published by the Author, Madison, 1902.
Description:
Condition:
Original russet cloth, gilt, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-77554
Price:
$ 27.50
Category:
law of elections
Author:
Manwood, John
Title:
A Treatise of the Laws of the Forest, Wherein is declared . . . the Original and beginning of Forests . . . Collected, as well out of the Common Laws and Statutes of this Land [etc.]. The Third Edition Corrected, and much Inlarged. Wing M554 (variant)
Publisher:
Printed for the Company of Stationers, London, 1665.
Description:
The rare variant issue of the last 17th century edition of the first treatise on the law of the King's forest, much expanded from the first published edition of 1598, restoring substantial portions (including the last five chapters) there omitted
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, a very good copy, with the elaborate bookplate of John Francis Neylan (printed by John Henry Nash); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78429
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Natural Resources
Author:
Sheppard, William
Title:
The Offices and Duties of Constables, Borsholders, Tything-men, Treasurers of the County-stock, Overseers for the Poore, and other lay-Ministers. Whereunto are adjoyned the severall Offices of Church-Ministers and Churchwardens. Wing S3200
Publisher:
Printed by Ric. Hodgkinsonne . . . for William Cooke [etc.], London, 1641.
Description:
First edition of Sheppard's first work, anticipating his many efforts as Cromwell's law reformer and "containing an important part of his philosophy of government", including two chapters on prisons and a final two (100+ pages) on church officials
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, somewhat rubbed, neatly rebacked, the original flyleaves (with jottings and squiggles) preserved, quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79085
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Commonwealth, INDIA, Religion, poor law, prisons
Author:
Nicolson, William
Title:
Leges Marchiarum, or Border-Laws, Containing Several Original Articles and Treaties, Made and Agreed upon by the Commissioners of the Respective Kings of England and Scotland . . . From the Reign of Henry III to the Union [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for Mess. Hamilton and Balfour [etc.], London, 1747.
Description:
The documentary record gathered together by the Bishop of Carlisle, the respected antiquary and churchman, in support of the union of Scotland and England, the main text covering well over three centuries and the appendix an even greater time span
Condition:
Modern unlettered 1/4 calf over boards, somewhat strained, ex-Aberdeen Advocates Library; a usable copy
Book No.:
W-77553
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
SCOTLAND
Author:
Title:
Proceedings of the Association for Preserving Liberty and Property against Republicans and Levellers. Number 1
Publisher:
Printed and Sold by J. Sewell . . . and John Stockdale Piccadilly, London, 1793.
Description:
A rare printing of the first number of the Association, formed in opposition to perceived radical agitation by John Reeves, "hailed as having saved the country from revolution"; with an approving, lengthy quotation from Blackstone closing the tract
Condition:
Original printed ?self-wraps, the spine reinforced, title and succeeding leaf torn at the upper margin, two words affected, else a good copy; 16 pages
Book No.:
W-76751
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
 
Author:
Orwell, George
Title:
The Complete Poetry. Compiled and presented by Dione Venables with an introduction by Peter Davison [the editor of 'The Complete Works of George Orwell']
Publisher:
Published by Finlay Publisher for The Orwell Society, London, 2015.
Description:
The long overdue gathering of the verse of George Orwell, who "scattered poetry throughout his work in every conceivable form", instructively glossed by Dione Venables, who was instrumental in the founding of The Orwell Society in 2011
Condition:
Original printed green wraps, as new, one of 500 copies of the first printing of the first edition, with the errata slip pasted in at page 57; 63 pages
Book No.:
W-78428
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
Poetry
Author:
Pillsbury, Arthur J.
Title:
Institutional Life, Its Relations to the State and to the Wards of the State
Publisher:
State Printing Office, Sacramento, 1906.
Description:
The results of Pillsbury's efforts in visiting over eighty orphanages and like institutions elsewhere in the country, and so succesfully providing the factual basis for seeking to reform California's much discredited private institutions
Condition:
Original printed sewn wraps, lightly worn, circular sticker on the front wrap, otherwise a very good copy; 167 pages
Book No.:
W-78281
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
infants, legal reform
Author:
Gray, John
Title:
The Country-Solicitor's Practice in the High Court of Chancery . . . the Crown Office of the Court of King's Bench . . .also the Practice on Issuing a Country Fiat in Bankruptcy . . . and the Practice as to the Acknowledgment of Deeds by Married Women [etc.]
Publisher:
Edward Lumley, 56, Chancery Lane, London, 1837.
Description:
The rare first edition of Gray's trenchant work which, with his "Country-Attorney's Practice", went through several editions, Gray of fame also as the treasury solicitor whose office prosecuted the Tichborne claimant; no copy in OCLC, two in COPAC
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite rubbed, signature excised from title (no text affected), an occasional notation, else a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76750
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity, bankruptcy, women's law, Bill of Rights, criminal law
Author:
Title:
The Attorney. By a Victim
Publisher:
No publisher, London?, 1829?.
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded, merciless attack in verse on the legal profession, describing attorneys as "canker worms", "serpent[s]", a "vile race", and many other damning epithets, twenty-six four line verses in total; no copy in COPAC or OCLC
Condition:
A bifolium measuring about 10x16 inches, folded, printed on the rectos on high quality wove paper, lightly worn else well preserved
Book No.:
W-79229
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Poetry, legal reform, humor
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
The Prospects of the American University. Setaro 756
Publisher:
Indiana University Alumni Quarterly, Bloomington, 1925.
Description:
The rare separate printing of Dean Pound's commencement address delivered at Indiana University on June 9, 1925, here printed as Vol XLIII, No. 8 of the Indiana University News-Letter of August, 1925
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a very good copy, 20 pages, reprinted from the Indiana University Alumni Quarterly of July, 1925; three copies in OCLC
Book No.:
W-78426
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
education
Author:
Plowden, Edmund
Title:
Les Comentaries . . . de dyuers cases esteantes matters en ley, & de les Argumentes fur yceux [etc.] [bound with] Cy ensuont certeyne Cases . . . Ouesque vn Table en fine de cest Lieur [etc.]. STC 20040 and 20046.7; Beale R484, R486a, R487, and R488. Folio
Publisher:
In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli [imprints vary], London, 1571-84.
Description:
First edition of the first part and the second edition of the second part, with Fleetwood's Tables, marking the break with the Year Books and providing (in the words of Dr. Baker) "the conception of a law report as a reasoned exposition of the law"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, light browning, one title just trimmed, two leaves in facsimile, else well-preserved with early annotations
Book No.:
W-78352
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
Worrall, John (comp.)
Title:
Bibliotheca Legum: Or, A Compleat List of All the Common and Statute Law Books of this Realm . . . giving an Account of their several Editions, antient Printers, Dates, and Price, and wherein they differ. A New Edition, with Improvements [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Worrall . . . in Bell-Yard, near Lincoln's Inn, London, 1765.
Description:
A rare edition of Worrall's famed bibliography of English law, more extensive than its predecessors, with Worrall's cogent observations and comparison of editions found throughout; no copy with this collation in ESTC, one copy at the British Library
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed and marked, neatly rebacked, a good clean copy, 118 pages, with the advertising leaves, six in total
Book No.:
W-76821
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Bibliography, Dealer
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
A Guide for Constables, Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor, Surveyors of the High-ways . . . Toll Takers in Fairs . . . shewing The Extent and Latitude of the several Offices . . . by common Law and Statute [etc.]. Fourth Edition. Wing M1795
Publisher:
Printed for Geo. Sawbridge [and ten others], London, 1674.
Description:
A rare edition of Meriton's most popular work (one of a dozen which he wrote while a Yorkshire attorney) designed to supplement and correct Lambarde and Sheppard, with eleven editions appearing between 1669 and 1685; three copies in Wing
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind ruled sheep, rubbed, top of spine just chipped, light browning, yet quite crisp and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79081
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
justices of peace
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c. With Some Proposals for Remedying this Growing Evil. In Which . . . the Laws that relate to the Provision for the Poor, and to the Punishment of Felons are largely and freely examined
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, opposite to Katharine-Street [etc.], London, 1751.
Description:
First edition of the novelist Henry Fielding's famed proposals for reforming English criminal law, derived from his first-hand experiences as a London magistrate, "easily the most distinguished and ambitious of Fielding's social [publications]"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 green morocco over cloth boards, gilt lettered, light browning, else a good usable copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79227
Price:
$ 425.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform, capital punishment, Law and Literature, poor law
Author:
Welford, Richard Griffiths
Title:
The Influences of the Game Laws . . . Evidence Taken Before a Select Committee . . . on the Game Laws . . . and An Address to the Tenant Farmers of Great Britain by John Bright [etc.] [bound with] John Lewis Ricardo, The Anatomy of the Navigation Laws
Publisher:
1] R. Groombridge and Sons [2] Charles Gilpin, London, 1846 & 1847.
Description:
The work which Bright published at his own expense, proposing the abolition of the game laws, following shortly after his association with Richard Cobden, bound with a similar effort by his fellow M.P., John Ricardo, to abolish the navigation laws
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, marbled edges, somewhat strained, label lacking, else usable; no copy of Ricardo's work in OCLC in the USA
Book No.:
W-76820
Price:
$ 200.00
Category:
game law, maritime law
Author:
Barberi, Giovanni
Title:
The Life of Joseph Balsamo, Commonly Called Count [Alessandro di] Cagliostro: Containing the Singular and uncommon Adventures of that extraordinary Personage . . . To Which Are Added, The Particulars of his Trial before the Inquisition [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for Messrs. P. Byrne [and six others], Dublin, 1792.
Description:
The principal contemporary account (and sole Irish edition) of the Italian adventurer widely featured in literature (Dumas, Goethe, and Tolstoy, among many others), music, film, and television, ultimately tried as a Freemason and sentenced to death
Condition:
Contemporary sprinkled calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, quite rubbed, else clean and well preserved; eight copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-79080
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
trials, Inquisition
Author:
Shepheard [Sheppard], William
Title:
Of Corporations, Fraternities, and Guilds. Or, a Discourse, wherein The Learning of the Law touching Bodies Politique is unfolded, shewing the Use and Necessity of that Invention, the Antiquity . . . and Government of the same [etc.]. Wing S3195
Publisher:
Printed for H. Twyford, T. Dring, and J. Place [etc.], London, 1659.
Description:
Only edition of the first treatise on the English law of corporations, written by Cromwell's law reformer and described as "a pioneer treatise" and "an important and unprecedented study"; with the emphasis upon public corporations and craft guilds
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, the joints rubbed but sound, first blank loose, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79153
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
corporations, labor law
 
Author:
Zamora, Stephen and Ronald A. Brand (eds.)
Title:
Basic Documents of International Economic Law. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Commerce Clearing House, Chicago, 1990.
Description:
Eight parts, including Regulation of International Trade, Finance, and Foreign Investment; Protection of Intellectual Property Rights; Regional Economic Organizations; Instruments Governing Private Commercial Transactions, Litigation, and Arbitration
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, a trifle rubbed, else a very good set; John Norton Moore's copy, with his ownership signatures in both volumes
Book No.:
W-78423
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
international law, economics
Author:
Title:
Revised Laws of the State of California; in Four Codes: Political, Civil, Civil Procedure and Penal. Civil Code
Publisher:
D.W. Gelwicks, State Printer, Sacramento, 1871.
Description:
The rare proposed civil code prepared by the Commissioners and adopted the following year, still the fundamental basis for California's civil law; with the marvelous folding chart of California's civil code following the title; two copies in OCLC
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, rebacked, original labels laid down, new front free endpaper and pastedown, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79152
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, California, criminal law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Anno quarto & quinto Philippi & Mariae. Actes made at a Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the xx day of January, in the iiii & v yere of the raigne of our soueraigne Lord and Lady, Philip & Mariae [1558] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9457.8; Beale S265
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in AEdibus Iohannis Cawodi [i.e. R. Jugge], London, 1573?.
Description:
The rare final printing of the acts of Philipp and Mary's last parliament, including the extension of the right to a jury trial to the royal family [c.7] and the punishment of those abducting heiresses under age 16 [c.8]; two complete copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, slightly strained, one pinhole worm, light mainly marginal staining, else crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79225
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Hutton, Richard
Title:
The Young Clerks Guide: Or, An Exact Collection of choice English Presidents . . . For all sorts of Indentures, Letters of Atturney, Releases, Conditions [bound with] The Second Part Of the Young Clerks Guide [etc.]. Wing H3849A and Not in Wing
Publisher:
Printed for Humphrey Tuckey at the black spread Eagle [both works, London, 1658 & 1657.
Description:
Rare editions (one seemingly unrecorded) of the spectacularly popular handbook attributed to Hutton, the righteous judge famous for his opinion in the Shipmoney case, with some forty editions recorded in ESTC by 1689--one and no copies in ESTC here
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt-lettered, discreetly ex-library, the first work lacking three gatherings, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78422
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Brown, William
Title:
The Clerk's Tutor in Chancery; Giving true Directions by Authentick Precedents, How to draw Affidavits [and other instruments] as are now in use in that High and Honourable Court. To which is prefixt An Introduction [etc.]. The Second Edition. Wing B5080A
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Rich. and Ed. Atkins [etc.], London, 1695.
Description:
A rare edition of one of Brown's many works, all practical, complementing his principal treatise on Chancery, the latter approved by Holdsworth as a work which "gives a good deal of information", as does this work; two copies in ESTC, not in EEBO
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, lightly worn, early paper label, a very good copy, with two slightly different imprimatur leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79150
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
equity, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Title:
Anno III & IIII. Edwardi Sexti. Actes made in the Session of this present parlament . . . the iiii daie of Nouembre, in the thirde yere of the reigne of our most dread Souuereigne Lorde Edward the vi [1549] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9430 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Rychard Grafton, London, 1553.
Description:
An early printing during a tumultuous year, Parliament enacting the first Riot Act [c.5], establishing a public militia [c.5], abolishing non-Church of England religious books and most images [c.10], and outlawing "phantasicall" prophecies [c.15]
Condition:
Modern 1/4 blue morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered, very light browning, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79223
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, law of slavery, military law, witchcraft
 
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
Types of Legal Periodical. Setaro 166
Publisher:
Iowa Law Review, Iowa City, 1929.
Description:
The rare separate printing of Pound's paper read on December 27, 1928, before a Round Table meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in Chicago; one copy in OCLC
Condition:
Original printed stapled yellow wraps, a very good copy, pages 257-265; reprinted from the Iowa Law Review, volume XIV, No. 3
Book No.:
W-78420
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
Anno Septimo Edwardi Sexti. Actes made in the Parlamente holden at Westminster, the first daye of Marches, in the vii yere of the reigne of our moste redoubted Souuereine Lorde Edwarde the VI [1553] . . . And there continued [etc.]. S.T.C. 9439
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Graftoni . . . Mense Aprilis [etc.], London, 1553.
Description:
The uncommon first printing of the acts of Edward VI's final parliament, including the confirmation of the establishment of several Royal courts under Henry VIII [c.3]; two copies in S.T.C. in North America, which also locates this copy
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite rubbed, last leaf repaired and backed with small loss, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79221
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, courts
Author:
Perkins, John
Title:
A Profitable Booke of Mr. Iohn Perkins, Sometimes fellow of the Inner Temple. Treating of the Laws of England. And now translated out of French into English for the benefit of young Students and others [etc.]. Wing P1543
Publisher:
Printed by R.B. for M. Wallbanke . . . within Grayes-Inne-gate, London, 1642.
Description:
First edition in English of one of the classics of English land law, one which Holdsworth paired with Littleton's Tenures and which Coke termed "wittily and learnedly composed", first appearing in Latin in 1528, with many later editions in Law French
Condition:
?Contemporary elaborately blind panelled calf, gilt, rebacked, the title frayed (just touching the "e" in "Booke"), quite browned, else a sound copy
Book No.:
W-78278
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Real Property
Author:
Hooker alias Vowell, John
Title:
The Order and vsage of the keeping of a Parlement in England, and the description of tholde and ancient cittie of Fxcester [sic] by Iohn Vovvel alias Hooker gentleman. S.T.C. 24886.7 [text] and 24887 [title and first leaf of dedication]
Publisher:
Printed by John Allde, and John Charlewood, London, 1575.
Description:
A rare work combining the first English translation of the medieval treatise on Parliament and its procedures with Hooker's own work, the first work by an MP on the same subject, and the first by an Englishman to champion the House of Commons
Condition:
Later elaborately blind-tooled calf, joints cracking but firm, with the arms and initials of Sir Mark Masterman Sykes; a very good copy
Book No.:
W-77549
Price:
$ 6000.00
Category:
Parliament
Author:
Archbold, John Frederick
Title:
The Law and Practice of Arbitration and Award, With Forms
Publisher:
William Henry Bond, 8 Bell Yard, London, 1861.
Description:
Only edition of the first work appearing after the 1854 legislation which introduced (in Holdsworth's words) "important reforms [and] laid the foundations for the further reform and restatement of the law", written in Archbold's eminently lucid style
Condition:
Original russet cloth, gilt-lettered, occasional light pencilling and a trace of foxing, else a very good copy; with the half-title
Book No.:
W-76746
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
arbitration
Author:
Darrow, Clarence
Title:
The Story of My Life
Publisher:
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1932.
Description:
Presentation copy from Clarence Darrow to his brother-in-law, Fred Hamerstrom (younger brother of Darrow's wife, Ruby) whom Darrow knew intimately for many decades--"From Clarence Darrow / To Frederick N. Hamerstrom / With regard and affection"
Condition:
Cloth-backed boards, morocco label, showing some wear, else a good copy, number 42 of 294 numbered copies of the Limited Edition
Book No.:
W-77475
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
biography
Author:
Montgomery, Mary and Marion Clawson
Title:
History of Legislation and Policy Formation of the Central Valley Project
Publisher:
Bureau of Agricultural Economics, U S Dept of Agriculture, Berkeley, 1946.
Description:
Hugh Hansen's copy, with his pencil notations and observations throughout, an illuminating part of the background for his own two-year study leading to his report ("Central Valley Project: Federal or State"), and serving as his doctoral dissertation
Condition:
Original printed cloth-backed wraps, showing some wear, but quite sound; typescript, 276 pages
Book No.:
W-77547
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
water law, agriculture, California
Author:
Christian, Edward
Title:
A Vindication of the Criminal Law, and the Administration of Public Justice in England, from the Imputation of Cruelty: In a Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury at the Assizes Held at Ely
Publisher:
Printed by Richard Watts . . . For Clarke and Sons [etc.], London, 1819.
Description:
Christian's charge given as Chief Justice of Ely as the movement to abolish the death penalty gained force, contending that as a practical matter juries and judges, and alternate punishments, greatly mitigated the imposition of capital punishment
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, the title and verso of the last leaf dusty and marked, a bit strained, a usable copy; 77 pages
Book No.:
W-76672
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
criminal law, capital punishment, juries, Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Wiener, Frederick Bernays
Title:
Felix Frankfurter (1882-1965) [published in printed form in the 1965 Year Book of the American Philosophical Society]
Publisher:
N.p., n.p., 1965.
Description:
Colonel Wiener's memorial to the Justice (delivered before the American Philosophical Society) whom he had first met as a student at Harvard Law School in 1928 and who "had a tremendous effect on me", one that lasted throughout his life
Condition:
Typescript, double-spaced, stapled at the upper left hand corner, the last page now detached, housed in a modern protective cloth sleeve; 17 pages
Book No.:
W-76744
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
biography, Supreme Court
Author:
Christian, Edward
Title:
A Dissertation Shewing That the House of Lords, in Cases of Judicature, Are Bound by the Same Rules of Evidence That Are Observed by All Other Courts. With Observations upon the Subjects of Law Which Have Arisen in the Bill of Pains and Penalties. 2d ed
Publisher:
Printed for Messrs. Clarke [and two others], London, 1820.
Description:
A work first written by Christian in 1792 during Warren Hasting's impeachment trial, contending (as against Edmund Burke) that conventional evidence law applied in the House of Lords, here expanded to and applied in the trial of Queen Caroline
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, some light foxing, moreso to the title, else a clean usable copy; 136 pages
Book No.:
W-76671
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
House of Lords, Evidence
Author:
Ballow, Henry
Title:
A Treatise of Equity. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [for two others], London, 1737.
Description:
First edition of the first systematic work upon modern equity and "the first coherent English treatise on contract" in John Baker's words; it was, Johnson told Boswell, "chiefly from Mr. Ballow" that the Doctor had learned what law he knew
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some lightish foxing and browning, else well-preserved, with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78274
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Bridgman, Richard Whalley
Title:
The Law of Charitable Uses, As Laid Down and Digested by George Duke, Esq. in 1676, Together with the Learned Readings of Sir Francis Moore . . . Particularly Adapted to the Use of Every Professor of the Law, As Well As All Bishops, Cathedrals [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for W. Clarke and Sons, Portugal-street, Lincoln's Inn, London, 1805.
Description:
Only edition of Bridgman's treatise, building on two pioneering glosses of the seminal Elizabethan statute on charities, with particular attention to the Mortmain Act of 1736, which fundamentally affected charitable gifts of land for over a century
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, ex-Inner Temple Library with its internal stamps, else a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76816
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
charities
Author:
Williams, Joshua
Title:
Letters to John Bull, Esq., on Lawyers and Law Reform
Publisher:
Henry Sweet, 3, Chancery Lane, London, 1857.
Description:
The essence of the reform views of Williams, the classic writer on real property highly regarded by both Maitland and Holdsworth, with chapters devoted to attorneys, legal education, conveyancers, land transfer, and chancery, inter alia
Condition:
Original russet cloth, gilt-lettered, lightly worn and a bit strained, else a very good, even pretty copy
Book No.:
W-76743
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
legal reform
 
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
Law and the Science of Law in Recent Theories. Setaro 199
Publisher:
No Publisher, New Haven?, 1934?.
Description:
The rare separate reprinting of Dean Pound's paper, an abridged version of which was read before the Association of American Law Schools in December, 1933; one copy in OCLC
Condition:
Original blue printed stapled wraps, a very good copy, pages 525-536; reprinted from the Yale Law Journal, February 1934
Book No.:
W-79149
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Science and the law, philosophy of law
Author:
Cockburn, William
Title:
The Clerk's Assistant in the Practice of the Ecclesiastical Courts: Containing the Method of Proceedings there. Extracted from The best Books of Practice, And more regularly and clearly laid down than has hitherto been done [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for R. Main, in Dame-Street, Dublin, 1753.
Description:
The rare first Dublin edition of a comprehensive work, praised by Holdsworth as "clear and concise", treating of criminal causes, divorce, guardians, libel and defamation, marriage (several chapters), and wills inter alia; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and new endpapers, else quite crisp and well-preserved, with the subscribers list; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79075
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
biography, Ecclesiastical Law, SCOTLAND, marriage, divorce, libel and slander, criminal law
Author:
Title:
The Trial of Joseph Wall, Esq. Late Governor of Goree, for the Wilful Murder of Benjamin Armstrong, A Serjeant of the African Corps, At the Old Bailey, On Wednesday, January 20, 1802. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed by A. Macpherson, Russell court . . . for J. Lee [etc.], London, n.d..
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded edition of the trial and execution of Wall, who had sentenced Armstrong without trial to the inhuman (and deadly) punishment of 800 rope lashes; no copy in OCLC or COPAC denoted a third edition and with this pagination
Condition:
Modern calf-backed boards, the title and last leaf darkened, else a good copy; 22 pages, with the jury charge in smaller type following page 18
Book No.:
W-79148
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, military law
Author:
Kames, Henry Home, Lord
Title:
Principles of Equity. The Fourth Edition
Publisher:
Printed . . . for Bell & Bradfute, and W. Creech [etc.], Edinburgh, 1800.
Description:
The first work devoted exclusively to equity in Scotland, "probably Kames's most important contribution to legal theory" in Professor Walker's words, praised by Jefferson (who had the first three editions), Benjamin Franklin, and Lord Mansfield
Condition:
Contemporary mottled calf, rubbed, front joint just cracking but firm, some browning, a usable copy; uncommon, two copies in ESTC in this country
Book No.:
W-77543
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
equity, SCOTLAND
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
Land-Lords Law . . . Being A Collection of several Cases in the Law concerning Leases, Distresses, Replevins, Rescous, Waste and several other Matters which often happen between Land-Lord and Tenant [etc.]. Wing M1802
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of John More, London, 1665.
Description:
The rare first edition of the first work on the English law of landlord and tenant, especially important to the history of English land law, reflecting England's unique position among European countries in the amount of land cultivated by leasehold
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite worn, rebacked, new endpapers, some worming and paper repairs, but sturdy and usable, six copies in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79074
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
landlord and tenant
Author:
Cotton, Robert
Title:
An Exact Abridgement of the Records in the Tower of London From the reign of King Edward the Second, unto King Richard the Third, of all the Parliaments holden in each Kings reign [etc.]. Revised . . . by William Prynne. Wing C6489. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for William Leake Stationer, at the Crown [etc.], London, 1657.
Description:
First edition of one of two valuable works singled out by Holdsworth as the fruits of Prynne's scholarship in seeing published the previously unprinted public records of the Kingdom, both leading to his appointment as their Keeper in the next decade
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, lightly rubbed, else well-preserved, the Evelyn / Taussig copy, with (in addition) the Sir Frederick Evelyn bookplate
Book No.:
W-78344
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Abridgements, Acts
Author:
Title:
A Booke of Proclamations, published since the beginning of his Maiesties most happy Reigne ouer England . . . Untill this present Moneth of Febr. 3. Anno Dom. 1609. S.T.C. 7759
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1610.
Description:
First edition of a controversial work, viewed by the House of Commons as demonstrating James's attempt to effect unilaterally by proclamation acts requiring Parliamentary consent, leading to the voiding of those contended to be especially grevious
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, quite rubbed, some marginal worming; with an ?unrecorded "Books printed or sold by William Leak" on the rear pastedown
Book No.:
W-78271
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
English Law
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
Author:
Fortescue, John
Title:
A Learned Commendation of the politique Lawes of England: wherein, by most pithie reasons and euident demonstrations, they are plainely proued farre to excell . . . the Ciuil Lawes of the Empire [and] all other Lawes of the World [etc.]. S.T.C. 11196
Publisher:
Printed by Thomas Wight, and Bonham Norton, London, 1599.
Description:
Second reissue of the first English translation of a work placed "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, with the signature of Edmund Prideaux [?Cromwell's Attorney General], a very good copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79146
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Inns of Court, political theory, juries
Author:
Title:
The Trial of the Bishop of Bangor and Others, Before Mr. Justice Heath, at the Assises at Shrewsbury . . . For an Assault, Rout, and Riot: With the Pleadings at Large Of Counsellors Adam and Erskine; Also the Charge to the Jury By Mr. Justice Heath
Publisher:
Sold by T. Hepinstall, Fleet Street [and two others], London, 1796.
Description:
Erskine's "masterly acquittal" of John Warren who, as Bishop of Bangor and with several confederates, was tried for rioting, achieved despite Justice's Heath's summing up for conviction, forcefully disclosing Erskine's strategic and courtroom talents
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over boards, somewhat marked and faded, very occasional staining, a few modern pencil marks, yet a good copy; with the half title
Book No.:
W-79219
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, Religion
Author:
Lieber, Francis
Title:
On Civil Liberty and Self-Government. Third Edition, Revised. Edited by Theodore D. Woolsey
Publisher:
J.B. Lippincott and Co., Philadelphia, 1874.
Description:
The first appearance of the received edition of "the masterwork of Lieber's maturity", compared in importance with the Federalist, its undertaking by Woolsey to subsequently appear in at least seven further printings as late as 1911
Condition:
Brown cloth, rubbed, top of spine chipped, rear hinge cracked; presentation copy from Lieber's widow--"With kind regards / of Mrs Francis Lieber"
Book No.:
W-78343
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
civil rights, philosophy of law, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
 
Author:
Kelyng, John
Title:
A Report of Divers Cases in Pleas of the Crown, Adjudged and Determined . . . With Directions for Justices of the Peace and Others . . . From the Original Manuscript, under his own Hand [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for Isaac Cleave, next Door to Serjeants-Inn [etc.], London, 1708.
Description:
First edition of the first reports exclusively devoted to English criminal law, reflecting Kelyng's career both while a criminal lawyer and after becoming Chief Justice of King's Bench; seen posthumously through the press by Lord Holt
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, very worn, crudely rebacked, both boards detached; a working copy
Book No.:
W-79145
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
reports of cases, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno III & IIII. Edwardi Sfxti [sic] [Sexti]. Actes made in the Session of this present Parlament . . . the iiii daye of Nouembre, in the thirde yere of the reigne of our moste dread Soueraigne Lorde Edward the vi [1549] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9431; Beale S229a
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Richard Grafton [i.e. Richard Tottel], London, 1570?.
Description:
The second Tottel printing of the statutes of 3-4 Edward VI, a tumultuous year, with the passage of the first Riot Act [c.5], the inception of a public militia [c.5], and the outlawing of "phantasicall" prophecies [c.15]
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light staining, mainly marginal, lacking leaf C2, not affecting the acts mentioned below; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79218
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, law of slavery, military law, witchcraft
Author:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Colleccion of all the Statutes (from the beginning of Magna Carta unto the yere of our Lorde, 1557) whiche were before that yere imprinted [to] the fyrst yere of the raigne of our souerayne Lady Quene Elizabeth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9307; Beale S59; Cowley 52
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1559.
Description:
One of two variants of the second edition of one of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference", surpassing all previous efforts; two copies in ESTC in this country
Condition:
Modern blind ruled and decorated panelled calf, the spine gilt-lettered, minor marginal worming, else well-preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78342
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
Author:
Title:
Catalogue of the Library Belonging to the Society of Solicitors-at-Law
Publisher:
Printed by Neill and Company, Edinburgh, 1852.
Description:
A rare catalogue of the library of the Society which obtained a royal charter in 1780 and had monopoly privileges in the inferior courts in Edinburgh, its law books arranged by author with a subject index following; one copy in OCLC and COPAC
Condition:
Later green-tape backed cream wraps, a trifle worn, ex-National Library of Scotland with its cancel stamp, a sound copy; 90 pages
Book No.:
W-79071
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
libraries
 
Author:
Willrich, Mason
Title:
Non-Proliferation Treaty: Framework for Nuclear Arms Control
Publisher:
Michie Company, Charlottesville, 1969.
Description:
Condition:
Original red cloth, a very good copy, presented--"Best wishes Mason Willrich February 4, 1969"
Book No.:
W-79144
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
international law
 
Author:
Dickinson, Edwin DeWitt
Title:
The Equality of States in International Law
Publisher:
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1920.
Description:
A work based on Professor Dickinson's doctoral dissertation under George Grafton Wilson at Harvard, praised on its appearance for its realistic thesis--that equality in international law is one of states' equal capacity, not a factual equality
Condition:
Original red cloth, gilt, the spine faded, else a very good copy; Harvard Studies in Jurisprudence, Volume III
Book No.:
W-78414
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
international law
 
Author:
Salny, Samuel M
Title:
Independent Unions under the Wagner Act. A Manual for Attorneys, Labor Relations Advisors and Union Officials Acting for Employers, Employees or Unions In Relation to the National Labor Relations Act
Publisher:
Eugene W. Hildreth, Boston, 1944.
Description:
Condition:
Original blue cloth, lightly worn, else a good copy, presented "To George Tucker With the compliments and best wishes of Samuel M Salny April 1944"
Book No.:
W-79143
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
labor law
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo & tertio Philippi & Marie. Actes made at a Parliamente begunne and holden at Westminster the xxi day of October [1555] . . . untyll the dissolution of the same . . . were enacted as foloweth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9454 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Iohannis Cawodi [i.e. R. Jugge?], London, 1573?.
Description:
The legislation enacted by the Parliament held in the midst of the trials condemning to the stake over 300 martyrs, curiously reforming the law bailing prisoners and seeking to regulate the sale of stolen horses; three copies in ESTC in North America
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, very light browning, else well preserved and quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79216
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds, trials, Law of Horses
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
 
Author:
Title:
The Life of Mr. James Quin Comedian, with the History of the State . . . Illustrated with Many Curious and Interesting Anecdotes of Several Persons of Distinction, Literature, and Gallantry . . . Together with His Trial for the Murder of Mr. Bowen
Publisher:
No Publisher, London, 1887.
Description:
Condition:
Modern crushed brown morocco, top edge gilt, inner gilt dentelles, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, without the index at pages 102-07
Book No.:
W-79215
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Theatre, biography, criminal law, trials, Grangerized
Author:
Comyns, John (comp.)
Title:
A Digest of the Laws of England, By the Right Honourable Sir John Comyns, Knight; Late Lord Chief Baron of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer. Continued down to the present Time, By a Gentleman of the Inner Temple. Five Volumes [complete]. Cowley 272
Publisher:
Printed for Luke White, Dame-Street, Dublin, 1785.
Description:
The sole Irish edition of "[t]he last of the great common law abridgments", praised by Justice Story, achieving "the perfection of Bacon's system", and marking the great step towards the scientifically arranged modern abridgment
Condition:
Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, one label chipped and one joint cracking but firm, one leaf misbound, else quite an attractive set; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78412
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
digests, English Law
Author:
Kitchin, John
Title:
Le Court Leete, et Court Baron collect per Iohn Kytchin de Greys Inne . . . les cases et matters necessaries pur Seneschals de ceux courts a scier, pur les Students de les measons de Chauncerie [etc.]. STC 15017 & addenda [two copies, including this copy]
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli. Octobris quarto [etc.], London, 1580.
Description:
The rare early variant printing of a work which--together with Lambarde's "Eirenarcha"--remains essential to the understanding of Tudor local courts and government, treating of both civil and criminal matters; with the preface dated 10 Nov 1581
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered blind lozenges, later label, lightly rubbed, very fresh with generous margins; the Taussig copy--not in ESTC
Book No.:
W-79141
Price:
$ 1850.00
Category:
justices of peace, courts, criminal law, courts
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
The Third Part of the Institutes Of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, and other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminall causes [bound with] The Fourth Part of the Institutes . . . Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. Wing C4963 and C4931
Publisher:
Printed for A. Crooke, W. Leake [and eleven others], London, 1669.
Description:
Early editions (the fourth), in which Coke first examines exhaustively and with a comprehensiveness not previously attained the criminal law of England, and then the English law courts, including King's Bench, Chancery, Star Chamber, and many others
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite rubbed, rebacked, new endpapers, some light browning, else quite clean, with both portraits, the first backed
Book No.:
W-79214
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
criminal law, courts
Author:
Title:
The Grounds and Rudiments of Law and Equity . . . Containing a Collection of Rules or Maxims, with the Doctrine upon them . . . The Whole Designed to reduce the Knowledge of the Laws of England to a more regular Science [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . .for Daniel Browne [and three others], London, 1749.
Description:
First edition of a collection of over 500 maxims, principally in English or Latin, the last early effort to explore and convey English law through this method, the maxims often examined at length, with a general analysis followed by particular cases
Condition:
Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, exceptionally bright and clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78411
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
maxims
Author:
Title:
The T. & T. Imprint for the Winter MCMXVI-VII
Publisher:
Taylor & Taylor, San Francisco, 1916.
Description:
The "Statement of the Policy of This House", setting forth the policy's ten elements, both noble and practical, quoting William Morris--"To Us Who Have a Cause at Heart Our Highest Ambition and Our Simplest Duty Are One and the Same Thing"
Condition:
Original paper backed decorated boards, just slightly chipped, else well preserved, gorgeously printed in red and black; one of 3,000 copies printed
Book No.:
W-79140
Price:
$ 325.00
Category:
Fine Printing
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo et tertio, Edovardi Sexti [1549]. Actes made in the session of this present Parliament, holden upon prorogation at Westminster . . . in the second yeare of our most dread soueraign Lorde Edwarde the vi [etc.]. Beale S224a; S.T.C. 9426
Publisher:
Richardvs Graftonvs [i.e. Richard Tottel], London, 1570?.
Description:
The Parliament whose first act "produced the first Prayer Book of the Church of England", ushered in by its Act of Uniformity, thus beginning the Edwardian Reformation in religion, to be supplemented by the act [c.21] permitting priests to marry
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, minor worming, else well preserved with ample margins, the second setting of Fii; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79210
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, Religion
Author:
Grotius, Hugo
Title:
His Three Books Treating of the Rights of War and Peace. In the First is handled, Whether any War be Just. In the Second is shewed, the Causes of War, both Just and Unjust. In the Third is declared, What in War is Lawful [etc.]. Wing H2126. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by M.W. for Thomas Basset . . . and Ralph Smith [etc.], London, 1682.
Description:
The first unabridged English translation of Grotius' masterwork, the only such to appear in the seventeenth century, attributed to William Evats, said to occupy the last seven years of his life and found among his papers at his death
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, tape repairs to the edges of the recto of the engraved title, which is mounted, browning, new endpapers, else a good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-77399
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, international law
Author:
Selden, John
Title:
Mare Clausem seu de Dominio Maris Libri Duo [with] Boxhorn, Apologia Pro navigationibus Hollandorum [with] Tractatus Mutui Commercii & navigationis inter Henricum VII [Intercursus Magnus of 1496] [etc.]. S.T.C. 22176; Ter Meulen et Diermanse 57
Publisher:
Iuxta Exemplar Will. Stanesbeii pro Richardo Meighen [false], London [Amsterdam?], 1636.
Description:
An early edition of Selden's signal contribution to international law, for which he became known as the "English Grotius"; the import of this edition was proscribed by Royal proclamation, the two appended works conflicting with Selden's thesis
Condition:
Modern calf, light browning, else a very good copy; two engraved maps, two full page woodcuts and other illustrations, the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78199
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, Acts, international law, MEDIEVAL
Author:
Evans, W.D.
Title:
A Charge to the Grand Jury, at the Quarter Sessions of the Peace for the County of Lancaster, Held by Adjournment at Preston, on the 16th Day of January, 1817
Publisher:
Printed by J. and J. Harrop, in the Market-Place, Manchester, 1817.
Description:
An uncommon part of the turmoil existing during the "year without a summer" of 1816, as crop failure coupled with Manchester textile industry unemployment caused great hardship, this charge given by Evans as Manchester's first stipendiary magistrate
Condition:
Modern printed boards, some browning, else a good usable copy; vi+21 pages
Book No.:
W-76668
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Somner, William
Title:
A Treatise of Gavelkind . . . With sundry emergent Observations . . . [on] the Common Law of this Kingdome [etc.]. Second Edition [with] John Anstis, Observations Introductory to an Historical Essay upon the Knighthood of the Bath
Publisher:
[1] Printed for F. Gyles [etc.] [2] Printed for James Woodman, London, 1726 & 1725.
Description:
Best edition of the treatise which Holdsworth calls Somner's "most important work [on] the antiquities of our legal history", bound with the work by John Anstis proposing "a new order of chivalry based on a revival of the medieval Order of the Bath"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, a bit of foxing, else a good clean copy; with the engraved frontispiece
Book No.:
W-76594
Price:
$ 700.00
Category:
gavelkind, law of heraldry
Author:
Holt, Francis Ludlow
Title:
The Law of Libel: In Which Is Contained a General History of This Law in the Ancient Codes, and of Its Introduction, and Successive Alterations, in the Law of England. Comprehending a Digest of All the Leading Cases upon Libels [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Butterworth and Son, Law Booksellers [etc.], London, 1816.
Description:
The revised (and final) English edition of "one of the first treatises on [the English law of libel]" (and the first treatise published in this country on the subject), with a special emphasis on the law of Parliamentary privilege; not in McCoy
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, the label chipped and the top of the spine darkened, occasional foxing, else a good sound copy
Book No.:
W-76593
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
libel and slander
Author:
Title:
Tryal and Sentence of Elizabeth Cellier; for Writing, Printing, and Publishing, A Scandalous Libel, Called Malice Defeated . . . At the Sessions in the Old-Bailey [with] Several Depositions, made before . . . the Lord Mayor. Wing T2171; McCoy C153. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Thomas Collins, at the Middle-Temple-Gate, London, 1680.
Description:
The principal contemporary account of the righteous midwife acquitted of attempting the King's kidnapping in the 'Meal-Tub Plot'; her expose of that matter ('Malice Defeated') led to this trial, for which she was fined, pilloried and her book burnt
Condition:
Modern blind-panelled calf, a bit of staining and marginal worming, else a good copy; with the imprimatur leaf
Book No.:
W-76739
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
libel and slander, trials, criminal law, women's law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England. Four Volumes. Eller 1
Publisher:
Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1765-69.
Description:
First edition of the pre-eminently collectible work of Anglo-American law, the principal fruits of Blackstone's Vinerian Professorship at Oxford, the first legal chair in the English speaking world whose first occupant was Blackstone
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, Nicholas Katzenbach's set, presented to him by IBM as he retired as their general counsel, in a modern custom-made box
Book No.:
W-77468
Price:
$ 17500.00
Category:
jurisprudence
Author:
Title:
The Whole Proceeding upon the Arraignment, Tryal, Conviction and Attainder of Christopher Layer, Esq; for High Treason, in Compassing and Imagining the Death of the King, In the Court of King's Bench [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by S. Buckley in Amen-Corner, London, 1722-23.
Description:
The principal contemporary account of the trial resulting from the failed Jacobite uprising of 1722, leading to the trial and execution of Layer (and others) and the banishment of Francis Atterbury, the Bishop of Rochester; with the imprimatur leaf
Condition:
Contemporary panelled unlettered calf, quite worn, the spine varnished and some staining, mainly lightish, else a good quite crisp copy
Book No.:
W-76738
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
criminal law, trials
Author:
Wade, John
Title:
The Cabinet Lawyer: A Popular Digest of the Laws of England, Especially Those Relative to . . . Debt, Arrest, &c. With the Criminal Law of England; also a Dictionary of Law Terms, Maxims, Statutes, and Judicial Antiquities [etc.]. Fifth Edition
Publisher:
Printed for W. Simpkin and R. Marshall . . . Ludgate-Street, London, 1829.
Description:
An uncommon edition of a work written by one of the foremost early 19th century radicals and reformers, John Wade, grouped in importance with William Cobbett and 'Orator' Hunt, plainspoken and direct; with a substantial (190+ page) law glossary
Condition:
Original boards, printed paper label, somewhat rubbed and scuffed, else well-preserved and untrimmed; two copies in COPAC, three in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76736
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, criminal law, legal dictionaries
Author:
Title:
The Trial of Major Campbell, for the Murder of Captain Boyd, in a Duel, on the 23d of June, 1807; With the Evidence in Full, the Charge of the Judge, and Details of Major Campbell's Last Moments, Execution &c. &c
Publisher:
Printed by B. McMillan, Bow Street, Covent Garden [etc.], London, 1808.
Description:
Sole London edition of one of Great Britain's "most notorious duelling cases", bracketed with those of Lord Byron and Hamilton-Mohun, and a rare instance in which a verdict of guilty, death sentence and execution (a pardon not obtained) was to follow
Condition:
Modern 1/4 cloth over marbled boards, paper label, new endpapers, a trifle worn, else a very good, clean copy; 62 pages
Book No.:
W-79069
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
trials, military law, Law of Duels, criminal law
Author:
Finch, Henrie
Title:
Nomotexnia; Cestascavoir, vn Description del Common Leys Dangleterre Solonque les Rules del Art. Parallelees ove les Prerogatives le Roy. Ovesque auxy le substance & effect de les Estatutes . . . per le quels le Common Ley est abridge [etc.]. STC 10870
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Stationers, London, 1613.
Description:
First edition of "the pioneer book of the institutes of English law", now recognized to be Finch's final revision of this work as, in Wilfrid Prest's words, Finch successfully sought "to formulate a comprehensive overview of England's common law"
Condition:
Contemporary gilt panelled vellum, small worming, the front hinge detaching, else especially lovely, with John Sparrow's bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78266
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Mandeville, Bernard
Title:
Enquiry into the Causes of the Frequent Executions at Tyburn: and A Proposal for some Regulations concerning Felons in Prison . . . To which is Added, A Discourse on Transportation, and a Method to render that Punishment more Effectual
Publisher:
Printed: And Sold by J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, London, 1725.
Description:
Mandeville's vivid account of the wretched state of public executions in England and its causes, anticipating Henry Fielding, Adam Smith, and Adam Ferguson, as "[m]any of the best minds of the English elite meditated upon it" and solutions to it
Condition:
Modern gray wraps, stab-sewn as issued, the half-title and last leaf quite dusty, else a very good clean copy; with the press-figure at page four
Book No.:
W-77464
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform, Transportation, prisons
Author:
Title:
Fac-simile Copy and Translation of ye Magna Carta Granted by King John in ye Year 1215
Publisher:
Printed . . . by J.L. Allday At ye "Shakspeare" Printing Works, Birmingham, 1880?.
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded printing, the folding facsimile measuring about 16 1/2 x 20 1/2 inches, a photo-lithograph in red ink, with the bookplate of Henry Robert Charles Martin, the Richmond Herald from 1928 to 1942; no copy in COPAC or OCLC
Condition:
Later green morocco folder, gilt, marbled front pastedown, the folding facsimile and text tipped in and the stiff card cover laid in; 8 pages
Book No.:
W-79068
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Magna Carta
Author:
Harris, Charles L. (comp.)
Title:
Harris' Public Land Guide. A Compilation of Public Land Laws and Departmental Regulations Thereunder. Revised Statutes and Acts of Congress Annotated with Decisions of the Department of the Interior Relating to Public Land [etc.]
Publisher:
Peterson Linotyping Company, Chicago, 1912.
Description:
Condition:
Original tan buckram, showing wear, the spine darkened and the head of the spine chipped, ex-library, else a clean usable copy
Book No.:
W-78338
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Natural Resources
Author:
Title:
A Bill For granting to Her Majesty Duties on Profits arising from Property, Professions, Trades, and Offices (Prepared and brought in by Sir Robert Peel [etc.]) [with nine other legislative proposals relating to the 1842 Income Tax Act]
Publisher:
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be printed [imprints vary], London, 1842-45.
Description:
The bills and related legislative materials leading up to and beyond the 1842 Income Tax Act, permanently establishing the income tax in Great Britain, part of the budget "still rank[ing] as one of the most famous of the nineteenth century"
Condition:
The ten works bound in one volume, modern plain wraps, somewhat strained, but quite sound, clean and usable; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78337
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Author:
Jacob, Giles?
Title:
The Game Law: Or, The Laws Relating to the Game . . . in Two Parts [bound with] The Game-Law. Part II. Being an Explanation of the Acts of Parliament, Recited in the First Part, for Preservation of the Game of This Kingdom [etc.]. Seventh Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling . . . for W. Mears, London, 1727.
Description:
Rare editions of the first work devoted exclusively to England's game laws, its second part containing the first commentary on those laws, preventing all but the elect from taking game or even possessing a gun, with Draconian penalties imposed
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, definite browning, else quite sound; one copy of the second part, no copy of either part in Great Britain, in ESTC; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78191
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
game law, Natural Resources
Author:
Lyndwood, William
Title:
Constitutiones Angliae Prouinciales ex diuersis Cantuariensium Archiepiscoporum Synodalibus decretis . . . Constituiones Item Legatinae quas alii legitimas vocant . . . Othonis & Othoboni . . . in Angliae Legatorum [etc.]. STC 17112.5; Beale T411variant
Publisher:
Excudebat Thomas Marshe, London, 1557.
Description:
Final 16th century edition of Lyndwood's famous work, in Maitland's words "the principal witness whom we have to examine, if we would discover the theory of law which prevailed in our English ecclesiastical courts . . . before the breach with Rome"
Condition:
Modern calf, the boards blind ruled and decorated, the spine gilt and blind decorated, crimson morocco label, quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79066
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Cowell, John
Title:
The Interpreter: or Booke Containing the Signification of Words. Wherein is set foorth the true meaning of all . . . Words and Termes, as are mentioned in the Law Writers, or Statutes of this victorious and renowned Kingdome [etc.]. Cowley 129; STC 5901
Publisher:
Printed [by Augustine Mathewes] for William Sheares, London, 1637.
Description:
Second edition of Cowell's controversial yet highly regarded law dictionary (and the first entirely in English), banned and burnt by Royal proclamation upon its appearance for its absolutist definitions offending the Commons and disavowed by James
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, the margins cut a bit close, occasional minor worming, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78409
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
legal dictionaries
Author:
Title:
An Act (Passed 20th June 1800.) For the Better Ascertaining and Collectiong the Duties Granted by Several Acts Passed in the Last Session of Parliament Relating to the Duties on Income, and to Explain and Amend the Said Acts [39 & 40 Geo III c.49]
Publisher:
Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Strahan [etc.], London, 1800.
Description:
A rare printing of one of the first acts amending Pitt's "truly revolutionary proposal" to tax income directly, as efforts continued to enforce this fundamental transition "from a tax primarily on expenditure to a tax on income"; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Original stabbed wraps bearing the Royal crests, slightly worn and chipped, else quite clean and well preserved, 44 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78336
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Acts, taxation
Author:
Title:
A Bill . . . for granting an Aid and Contribution for the Prosecution of the War . . . by Granting certain Duties upon Income [with] A Bill [As Amended on Re-commitment] [with] Schedule to Income Duty Bill [with] A Bill . . . Extending [the first Act]
Publisher:
Ordered to be printed 8th December 1798 [and subsequent dates], London, 1798-99.
Description:
The rare bills establishing and extending the first legislation imposing direct taxation in Great Britain, Pitt's Income Tax Act of 1799 [39 Geo III c.13], as the country sought to finance the Napoleonic Wars, still the ancestor of today's tax regime
Condition:
Modern wraps somewhat strained, light browning, one blank margin torn away, the Taussig copies; two copies of the first, one of the other three, in ESTC
Book No.:
W-78190
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
taxation, Parliament
Author:
Rastell, John
Title:
Les Termes de la Ley Or, Certain difficult and obscure Words and Terms of the Common Laws and Statutes of this Realm now in use expounded and explained . . . With an Addition of above one hundred Words [etc.]. Wing R291; Cowley 163
Publisher:
Printed by J. Streater, James Flesher, and Henry Twyford [etc.], London, 1671.
Description:
A late-seventeenth century edition of the first English law dictionary (and the first English dictionary of any kind), published over the course of almost four centuries; with the Law French and English entries in parallel columns
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, lightly rubbed, a very good crisp copy; with the frontispiece of the arms of Charles II preceding the title
Book No.:
W-76732
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
legal dictionaries
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England. In Four Books. The Sixth Edition [sic]. Printed page for page with the last Oxford Edition. Four Volumes. Eller 10; Laeuchli 13 [without the two advertising leaves Laeuchli notes in volume 2]
Publisher:
Printed for John Colles, at No. 65 . . . Temple-lane [etc.], Dublin, 1775.
Description:
The first pocket edition of the Commentaries, measuring about 4x6 inches, a duodecimo printing pirated from the 1770 fourth edition printed in Oxford, the sole edition printed by John Colles, appearing within a decade of the first edition of 1765-69
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the spines lightly faded and two spine heads just chipped, a short crack to one joint, else a well preserved set; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79138
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
18TH CENTURY, English Law, jurisprudence
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli II. Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, Decimo Tertio. At the Parliament begun at Westminster, the Eighth day of May, Anno Dom. 1661 [with nineteen other statutory compilations through the first Parliament of James II]
Publisher:
Printed, by John Bill and Christopher Barker [imprints vary], London, 1661-85.
Description:
An extensive collection of compilations of Parliamentary legislation published during the quarter century reign of Charles II and thereafter, all rare, including the Act of Uniformity, the Licensing Act, the Habeas Corpus Act, and much in addition
Condition:
Twenty works in nine volumes, six in contemporary calf (one rebacked), three in modern bindings, some showing wear, but all sound; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78334
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Title:
Anno Mariae Primo. Actes made in the Parliamente begonne and holden at Westminster the seconde daye of Apryll [1554] in the firste yeare of the reygne of oure moste gratious Soueraygne Ladye, Marye [until] the v daye of Maye [etc.]. S.T.C. 9443.5
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in aedibus Iohannis Cawodi . . . Mense Maio [etc.], London, 1554.
Description:
A rare, contemporary printing of the legislation of Mary's second parliament, the final parliament during which she reigned as sole monarch, including the act [c.2] specifying in great detail the terms of the marriage between her and Philip of Spain
Condition:
Later 3/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, slightly rubbed, else a good, very crisp copy with ample margins; no copy in ESTC outside the British Isles
Book No.:
W-79136
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Acts, marriage
Author:
Plessen, Christoph a
Title:
Hugonis Grotii. De Jure Belli ac Pacis. Libr III Caput XXII. De Fide Minorum Potestatum in Bello. Perpetua. Paraphrasi. Illustratum [etc.]
Publisher:
Typis Mullerianis, Jena, 1675.
Description:
The rare doctoral dissertation devoted to Grotius's discussion whether and in what circumstances of war a sovereign may be bound by the acts of his representatives, beginning with Grotius's examination of the views expressed by Ulpian in the Digest
Condition:
Modern marbled paper backed self wraps, disbound, a clean copy with good margins, 16 unnumbered leaves; one copy in COPAC, none in OCLC in North America
Book No.:
W-79209
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
international law, roman law
Author:
Title:
The Oxford English Dictionary, Being a Corrected Re-Issue with an Introduction, Supplement, and Bibliography of a New English Dictionary on Historical Principles [with] A Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary. Sixteen Volumes
Publisher:
At the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970-86.
Description:
The 1970 reprint of the edition first printed in 1933, complete in thirteen volumes, here with the further three supplements published in 1972, 1976, and 1982, these three additional supplements continuing the dictionary's revision through O-Sez
Condition:
Original oversized blue cloth, gilt, a very good set in somewhat worn, faded, marked and chipped dustjackets
Book No.:
W-78260
Price:
$ 425.00
Category:
legal dictionaries