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Author:
Selden, John (ed.)
Title:
Fleta, Seu Commentarius Juris Anglicani sic Nuncupatus, sub Edwardo Rege Primo . . . Accedit Tractatulus vetus . . . Fet Assavoir . . . Subjungitur etiam Joan. Seldeni ad Fletam Dissertatio Historica. Editio Secunda. Wing F1291. Quarto
Publisher:
Typis S.R. Prostant apud H. Twyford [and three others] [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
Selden's edition of Fleta, one of the few medieval English legal treatises, with his Dissertation upon it, called a "sophisticated survey of the history of Roman law in medieval Europe and England [and] his most mature piece of scholarship"
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, the ?original label laid down, very light browning, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79881
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, English Law, roman law
 
Author:
Vincent, Nicholas
Title:
Magna Carta, The Foundation of Freedom 1215-2015
Publisher:
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-79931
Price:
$ 0.00
Category:
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
A Treatise Shewing How Useful, Safe, Reasonable and Beneficial, the Inrolling and Registring Of all Conveyances of Lands may be to the Inhabitants of this Kingdom. Second Edition [the first to name Hale as author on the title page]. ESTC T147575. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for Mat. Wotton, at the Three Daggers [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
Hale's judicious observations upon the much-needed reform of land registration, a matter taken up by the reform commission he chaired during the Interregnum and later vigorously advocated by Maitland, though not effected until the 20th century
Condition:
Modern paper backed boards, printed paper label, the title quite browned, browning elsewhere, else quite sound and usable, 26 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79864
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Real Property, conveyancing
Author:
Dodderidge, John
Title:
The English Lawyer. Describing A Method for the managing of the Lawes of this Land. And expressing the best qualities requisite in the Student Practizer Judges and Fathers of the same. S.T.C. 6981. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by [Miles Flesher for] the Assignes of I. More Esq., London, 1631.
Description:
Only edition of Dodderidge's principal work, his singular attempt to determine the qualities of the lawyer and law student, and to probe the fundamental nature of law, his "scholarship reach[ing] far beyond that of most contemporary lawyers"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered mottled sheep, somewhat rubbed, Daniel Fleming's copy with his initials and ownership signature, very crips; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79343
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
philosophy of law
Author:
Somers, John, Lord
Title:
The Security of English-Mens Lives, Or the Trust, Power and Duty of the Grand Jurys of England. Explained according to the Fundamentals of the English Government, and the Declarations of the same made in Parliament by many Statutes [etc.]. Wing S4644
Publisher:
Printed for Benj. Alsop at the Sign of the Angel and Bible [etc.], London, 1682.
Description:
One of two 17th century editions of Somers' most enduring work in England and this country, "none more eloquently . . . preserv[ing] the independence and integrity of jurors" against intrusions of state power, and anticipating the Glorious Revolution
Condition:
Modern speckled calf, extra gilt, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, a trace of marginal worming, else especially crisp and attractive; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79876
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
political theory, juries, Glorious Revolution, English constitutional law
Author:
Finch, Henry
Title:
Law: or, A Discourse Thereof, in foure Bookes. Written in French by Sir Henry Finch Knight, his Maiesties Serieant at Law And done into English by the same Author. S.T.C. 10872. Octavo
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignes of Iohn More Esquire, London, 1636.
Description:
Second edition in English of "the pioneer book of the institutes of English law", the work influencing subsequent writers, praised by Blackstone, and "copied, epitomised and paraphrased [and] recommended to students for the next two centuries"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, somewhat rubbed and marked, very light browning, tear to one margin, else quite clean and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79868
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Title:
A Short, but Just Account of the Tryal of Benjamin Harris, upon an Information Brought against him For Printing and Vending a late Seditious Book called An Appeal from the Country To the City, For the Preservation of His Majesties Person [&c]. Wing S3565
Publisher:
Printed in the Year 1679 [i.e. 1680], London, 1680.
Description:
The sole account of Harris' trial, "a strange combination of seditious libel and scandalum magnatum", influential upon the writings of Henry Care and John Hawles and on emerging libel doctrine, "reviv[ing] the claim to the jury's right to decide law"
Condition:
?Original printed self wraps, disbound, a bit stained, else quite sound with good margins, now preserved in a buckram folder; the Tausig copy
Book No.:
W-79878
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, libel and slander, juries
Author:
Title:
The Lawyers Demurrer, To the Addresses in Fashion. Or, the Several Declarations and Orders of the Honourable Societies of the Middle-Temple, and Grays-Inn, lately made in Relation to that Affair. Wing L740
Publisher:
Printed for Richard Janeway [etc.], London, 1681.
Description:
A major political brouhaha involving all four inns of court, this their official position, leading to Alexander Radcliffe's verse response ('The Lawyers Demurrer Argued') satirically describing them as "a parcel of Whiggs / The Spawn of some Rebells"
Condition:
Broadsheet measuring about 8x12 inches, the margins a bit chipped but ample, now safely housed in a modern buckram folder; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79879
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Poetry
 
Author:
Lamoine, Georges (ed.)
Title:
Charges to the Grand Jury 1689-1803. Camden Fourth Series, Volume 43
Publisher:
Offices of the Royal Historical Society, London, 1992.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, ex-library, else a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79930
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Staunford, William
Title:
An Exposicion of the Kinges Prerogatiue, collected out of the great abridgement of Iustice Fitzherbert, and other olde writers of the lawes of England . . . Wherevnto is annexed the Proces to the same Praerogatiue appertayning. S.T.C. 23216; Beale T495
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . in Fleet-streate . . . by Richard Tottel [etc.], London, 1577.
Description:
An early edition of Staunford's pioneering treatise, as he "led the way" (in John Baker's words) in writing a treatise on a specific subject area, here the King's power upon such matters as marriage, wardship, idiots, lunatics, escheats and wrecks
Condition:
Modern elaborately blind decorated calf, very light browning, else well preserved with the occasional notation and underlining; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79871
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
English constitutional law, marriage, insanity, infants, maritime law
Author:
Woodward, Josiah
Title:
An Account of the Societies for Reformation of Manners . . . to Persons of all Ranks, to Be Zealous and Diligent in Promoting the Execution of the Laws against Prophaneness and Debauchery [etc.] [with the Abstract of the Penal Laws]. Wing W3512
Publisher:
Printed for B. Aylmar, at the Three Pigeons in Cornhill [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
First edition of Woodward's highly popular work, with several printings appearing very quickly, this copy conjecturally presented to the grandson of Sir Matthew Hale, the inscription reading "Matt Hale / Ex Dono / Tho: Stevens / 1699"
Condition:
Contemporary speckled unlettered calf, joints beginning to crack but firm, else clean and crisp, with the frontispiece of William III; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79873
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Religion, legal reform
Author:
Booth, William (attr.)
Title:
The Compleat Solicitor, Entring-Clerk and Attorney, Fully Instructed in the Practice, Methods and Clerkship of all his Majesties Courts of Equity and Common-Law Superiour and Interiour, as well those at Westminster and in the City of London [&c]. Wing B3738E
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkyns [etc.], London, 1683.
Description:
Final edition of the first substantial treatise expressly devoted to the English solicitor, with chapters on all royal courts, the Exchequer, the Court of Requests, the Sheriffs Court, the Marshalsea, and the Court of Admiralty inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite rubbed, rebacked, some browning and the occasional repaired tear, mainly marginal, else sound and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79872
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
courts, London, criminal law, admiralty
Author:
Title:
His Majesties Most Gracious Speech, Together with the Lord Chancellors, To the Two Houses of Parliament, at Their Prorogation, On Monday the Nineteenth of May, 1662. Wing C3170. Folio
Publisher:
Printed, by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1662.
Description:
The speeches which evidenced Charles II's failure to achieve a measure of religious toleration, with the first session of the Cavalier Parliament prorogued and Machiavelli invoked ("an Author much studied . . . in this Kingdom") as a warning
Condition:
?Original printed self wraps, disbound, definite browning, sound and usable, 23 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79875
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
ENGLAND, Parliament, Religion, ITALY, political theory
Author:
Egerton, Lord Ellesmere, Thomas
Title:
Certaine Observations Concerning the Office of the Lord Chancellor. Composed by the Right Honorable, and most Learned, Thomas Lord Ellesmere, late Lord Chancellor of England [etc.]. Wing E539 [under Ellesmere]. Octavo
Publisher:
Printed for Matthew Walbanck [and two others], London, 1651.
Description:
Only edition of one of the few early works upon the Court of Chancery and equity's history, attributed to one of England's greatest Lord Chancellors, Thomas Egerton, but likely merely encouraged by him; with a brief treatment of the court's process
Condition:
Modern polished calf, the spine somewhat rubbed, some browning and the top margin cut close (legibility preserved), quite usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79867
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
equity
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:
Cooke, Edward
Title:
Chronica Juridicalia: Or, A General Calendar of the Years of . . . the several Kings of England . . . Together with A Chronological Table of the Names of all the Lord Chancellors . . . Justices of the Kings-Bench and Common Pleas [etc.]. ESTC R10158
Publisher:
Printed for H. Sawbridge . . . and T. Simmons [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
First edition of the expansion of Dugdale's listings of the chancellors, judges, law officers, king's serjeants and others, extending (in Holdsworth's words) "a very valuable piece of work, which, for all time, will be useful to legal historians"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the dedication leaf just trimmed (legibility preserved), without the plate and portrait if called for; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79863
Price:
$ 400.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, biography
Author:
Title:
Free Customes, Benefits and Priviledges of the Copyhold Tennants, of the Mannors of Stepny and Hackny in the Countie of Middlesex . . . Before Which is Prefixed an Abstract or Briefe Relation of the Assurance Given . . . said Tennants. S.T.C. 23254.5
Publisher:
At London printed by William Iones, London, 1617-24.
Description:
A rare work, part of the still disputed history of East London, setting forth in great detail the rights, obligations, and limits to copyhold tenure there, here including the 1624 act confirming the customs agreed to; no copy in ESTC in North America
Condition:
?Contemporary gilt panelled morocco, somewhat rubbed, elaborate and learned notes on two leaves and elsewhere, quite attractive; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79870
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
copyright, London, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Hakewill, William
Title:
The Manner How Statutes Are enacted in Parliament by Passing of Bills. Collected many yeares past out of the Iournalls of the house of Commons . . . Together with a Catalogue of the Speakers Names. Wing H211
Publisher:
Printed by T.H. for Iohn Benson, at St Dunstans Church yard, London, 1641.
Description:
The first corrected edition of Hakewill's work, following its unauthorized and imperfect publication, Hakewill paired in his capacities and experience with Selden and called "the best versed man in the house . . . on constitutional technicalities"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, the top of the spine just snagged, first blank chipped, else quite good, with the order to print; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79791
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Parliament, Acts, English Law

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