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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:
Title:
An Act to amend and render more effectual, in His Majesty's Dominions in America . . . An Act for punishing Mutiny and Desertion, and for the better Payment of the Army and their Quarters [5 Geo III c.33]
Publisher:
Printed by Mark Baskett . . . and . . . Assigns of Robert Baskett, London, 1765.
Description:
A rare separate printing of the first Quartering Act, leading to increased tension with the American colonies, disputed by them as mandating taxation without representation and subventioning a standing army in peacetime; one copy in England in ESTC
Condition:
General title + pages 579-596, light browning, disbound, else a very good untrimmed copy with generous margins
Book No.:
W-76116
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Acts, colonies, military law
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:
Langdale, Henry Bickersteth, Baron
Title:
Substance of a Speech Delivered by the Rt. Hon. Henry Lord Langdale, Master of the Rolls . . . on the Motion Made by the Lord Chancellor for the Second Reading of the Bill for the Better Administration of Justice in the High Court of Chancery
Publisher:
T. and W. Boone, 29, New Bond Street, London, 1836.
Description:
The prophetic speech of Langdale, a prime example of his instrumental, lifelong efforts to reform Chancery, proposing that the judicial and political responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor be separated, a goal achieved only within the past decade
Condition:
Modern light-blue wraps, the title and last leaf somewhat stained, ex-library, else a good copy; 62 pages
Book No.:
W-76986
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
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:
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:
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:
Littleton, Thomas
Title:
Lyttelton tenures in Englysshe. S.T.C. 15762; Beale T46
Publisher:
Prynted . . . in paules churche yearde . . . by Thomas Petyt, London, 1541?.
Description:
Among the earliest printings of Littleton in English (preceded by seven other printings in English, two untraced), the work which Maitland called a "lucid and classical book", and Holdsworth denominating it one of the five great books of English law
Condition:
Modern blind ruled calf, some lightish staining, else quite clean with good margins, with the signature of Thomas ?Whitle at the end; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79506
Price:
$ 4750.00
Category:
Real Property
Author:
Title:
Facts and Suggestions Respecting the Masters' Offices [in the Court of Chancery]
Publisher:
V. & R. Stevens and G.S. Norton . . . Lincoln's Inn, London, 1841.
Description:
A rare tract written during the decades-long debate over the reform of the court of chancery, including (as here) the role to be played by the court's masters, whose offices were ultimately abolished in 1852; two copies in OCLC in North America
Condition:
Original light-green printed wraps, disbound, the rear wrap lacking, else clean, 46 pages; presentation copy to Hastings Russell
Book No.:
W-77041
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
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:
Booth, William
Title:
The Compleat Sollicitor, Performing His Duty: and Teaching his Clyent . . . in His Majesties Superior Courts at Westminster: As in the Mayors Court, Court of Hustings, and other Inferior Courts, both in the City of London, and elswhere [etc.]. Wing B3738A
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, and Henry Twyford [etc.], London, 1666.
Description:
First 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, the Star Chamber, and the Court of Admiralty
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, signature effaced on the title, light browning and some staining, else sound, with the first blank (chipped); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79664
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
courts, London, sheriffs, prisons, Star Chamber, admiralty, Bench and Bar
Author:
Sheppard, William
Title:
Englands Balme: or, Proposals By way of Grievance & Remedy; Humbly presented to His Highness and the Parliament: Towards the Regulation of the Law, And better Administration of Justice [etc.]. Wing S3183
Publisher:
Printed by J. Cottrel, for Hen: Fletcher [etc.], London, 1657.
Description:
Sheppard's greatest work, called "the most comprehensive design for the reform of English law and society published in the seventeenth century" and, by John Baker, "a coherent programme of reform [which] seems remarkably prophetic"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, repair to the bottom of the spine, new endpapers and ?new label, else a good copy with generous margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78850
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Acts, legal reform, Acts
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:
Cowell, John
Title:
Institutiones Iuris Anglicani, Ad Methodum et Seriem Institutionum Imperialium compositae & digestae [etc.]
Publisher:
Cura & Impensis Guilielmi Fitzeri, Frankfurt, 1630.
Description:
The first reissue of "one of the truly rare books of English legal literature", a potential precursor to Bacon and Bentham's plans to reform and codify English law, its first edition predating Coke as the first English institutionalist legal treatise
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered vellum, marked and unevenly darkened, definite browning, yet a sound usable copy
Book No.:
W-76350
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
civil law
Author:
Partridge, Samuel
Title:
Seven Charges Given to Grand Juries, at the General Quarter Sessions of the Peace
Publisher:
Sold by Lackington, Allen, and Co., London, 1809.
Description:
A rare sammelband, bringing together seven grand jury charges, four on sedition and related matters and two on alehouses, the first dedicated to Edmund Burke, together with his response in acceptance; four copies in OCLC, one in this country
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, light browning, else a usable copy, with the half-title and with two additional leaves between pages 17 and 19; 59 pages
Book No.:
W-76228
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges, justices of peace
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Annae Reginae Magnae Britanniae, Franciae, & Hiberniae, Sexto. At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster the Twenty third Day of October, Anno Dom, 1707. In the Sixth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lady Anne [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb, London, 1708.
Description:
The legislation enacted at the third session of Anne's first parliament, including the act (still partly in force) establishing the Protestant line of succession [c.7] and the regulation of foreign coins in America [c.30]; with the table of all acts
Condition:
Contemporary panelled mottled calf, rebacked, definite browning and foxing, else a good copy, with the signature of Thomas Lund, Mayor; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78836
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Religion, economics
Author:
Horne, Andrew
Title:
La Somme appelle Mirroir des Justices: vel Speculum Iusticiariorum, Factum per Andream Horne . . . Horne mihi cognomen, Andreas est mihi nomen. Wing H2790
Publisher:
Printed by E.G. for Matthew Walbanke and Richard Best [etc.], London, 1642.
Description:
First edition of a unique medieval law book, a bemused Maitland wondering whether its author was a "lawyer, antiquary . . . pedant, faddist [or] romantic" and called by Plucknett "certainly the most fantastic work in our legal literature"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, neatly rebacked, crimson morocco label, double gilt ruled and lettered, light browning, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79660
Price:
$ 900.00
Category:
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 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:
Banner, Richard
Title:
A Treatise of Simony. Wherein is enquired, How far the Practice of Buying and Selling of Presentations, so common in this Kingdom, may come under the Notion of it [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for John Watts in Bow-street, Covent Garden, London, 1716.
Description:
A rare tract condemning simony (the form of ecclesiastical corruption said to have been named after Simon Magus), relying on Coke, Gibson, and Lyndwood, inter alia, and associating simony with both perjury and breach of trust; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
?Original self-wraps, resewn and repaired, lightish staining and pencil underlining, margins cut close (legibility preserved), else a good copy; 42 pp
Book No.:
W-76188
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Religion
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, quite rubbed, rebacked, early paper label, some browning; with A1 blank, but without the plate amd portrait if called for
Book No.:
W-74827
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, biography
Author:
Title:
Diversite de Covrtes lour iurisdictions et alia necessaria et vtilia. S.T.C. 10953; Beale T129; McKerrow & Ferguson 53
Publisher:
Nicholas Hill for Henry Smith?, London, 1545.
Description:
The rare, final edition (and the only Smith printing) of one of just a handful of early English legal tracts, treating of royal and other courts, including King's Bench, the Common Bench, Chancery, the Exchequer, and the Marshalsea inter alia
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, light browning, else a very good copy with ample margins and the occasional early annotation, four copies in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78988
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, courts
Author:
Selden, John
Title:
Mare Clausum 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], dondon [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:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli . . . At the Parliament begun at Westminster the 18. day of Iune, Anno Dom. 1625. in the first yeere of the Reigne of our most gracious Souereigne Lord, Charles . . . And there continued [etc.]. S.T.C. 9509. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Robert Barker, & John Bill [etc.], London, 1630 (1629).
Description:
One of only two contemporary printings of the legislation of Charles' first Parliament, its dissolution leading to the Petition of Right, "terminat[ing] the opening scene in the long tragedy that ended twenty-four years later upon the scaffold"
Condition:
Modern boards, some browning and staining, without the two subsidies acts and the first blank, else usable with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79475
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
By the King. A Proclamation for restraint of excessiue Carriages, to the destruction of the High Wayes. S.T.C. 9050
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1635.
Description:
The rare proclamation imposing limits of one ton, four horses and five oxen upon carriages, with offenders to be reported to the Attorney General, violations considered "general nuisances [to be] severely punished"; one copy in this country in ESTC
Condition:
Two sheets about 10x14 inches, staining and browning, repair to one lower margin (no text affected) now housed in a buckram folder; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78742
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
law of highways
Author:
Title:
The Contentes of this boke. Fyrste the boke for a Justice of peace. The boke that teacheth to kepe a court Baron, or a lete [and] a courte hundred. The boke[s] called returna Brevium [and] Carta Foedi [and] the kynge's Escheker [etc.]. S.T.C. 14877
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Bertheleti [imprints vary], London, 1544.
Description:
The collection of highly practical treatises designed for justices of the peace, sheriffs, bailiffs and other local officials, this being the edition selected by Holdsworth as representative, its contents termed "a useful handbook [and] essential"
Condition:
Modern speckled calf, all edges gilt, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Huntington Library duplicate, quite clean and even luscious; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79387
Price:
$ 6750.00
Category:
justices of peace, Every Man Law Books, courts, Exchequer, sheriffs, Forms & Form Books
 
Author:
Title:
An Act for Ascertaining the Rates of Foreign Coins in Her Majesties Plantations in America [Anno Sexto Annae Reginae c.30]
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1708.
Description:
The rare separate printing of the Parliamentary act seeking to regulate the value of diverse coin found in the colonies, establishing their respective values and making criminal (six months imprisonment and a fine) their acceptance at a higher rate
Condition:
Two leaves as issued, disbound, drop-head title + pp. 417-419, some browning, else a good copy
Book No.:
W-76378
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Title:
Instructions for Establishing Friendly Institutions upon the Improved Principle, and in Conformity with the Act. Second Edition
Publisher:
Published by W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, London, 1830.
Description:
A rare part of the highly laudable mutual assurance working class movement, setting forth in admirable detail how to form a friendly society, including securing judicial approvals required by the recently enacted statute, 10 Geo. IV c.5 (1829)
Condition:
Original printed sewn wraps, a trifle worn, but a good copy; 15 pages, with the folding table following the text; no copy in OCLC outside Great Britain
Book No.:
W-77139
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
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:
Fiennes, Nathaniel
Title:
A Speech . . . in answer to the Third Speech of the Lord George Digby. Concerning Bishops and the Citty of Londons Petition . . . In which is plainly cleared the severall objections that are made against the Londoners Petition [etc.]. Wing F880
Publisher:
No printer stated, London, 1641.
Description:
Fiennes' speeches against illegal canons earned him recognition from fellow Parliamentarians and the House of Commons, which put him on a committee appointed to deal with church affairs; his standing declined after being found guilty of cowardice
Condition:
?Original self-wraps, quite browned, the top margin cut close affecting some page numbers (legibility preserved), usable; 28 pages
Book No.:
W-79647
Price:
$ 300.00
Category:
Author:
Bellewe, Richard
Title:
Les Ans du Roy Richard le Second. Collect' Ensembl' hors les Abridgments de Statham, Fitzherbert et Brooke [etc.]. Beale R478; S.T.C. 1848
Publisher:
Imprinted by Robert Robinson dwelling in Fewter lane [etc.], London, 1585.
Description:
Original edition of the sole reports from the late fourteenth century reign of Richard II, culled from the the three major early English abridgments, termed "rare" by Winfield and "excessively rare" by Wallace, not to be reprinted until 1869
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt-lettered, quite browned, yet a crisp wide-margined copy; with the index before the text and without the colophon leaf
Book No.:
W-77020
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
reports of cases, Abridgements, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Graham, James
Title:
A Compendium of the Laws . . . For Regulating and Restricting the Importation, Exportation, and Consumption of Foreign Corn, from the Year 1660 . . . Presenting a Complete View of the Corn Trade of Great Britain [etc.]. Goldsmith 27914
Publisher:
Printed for James Ridgway, Piccadilly, London, 1833.
Description:
The rare final version of the able analysis attributed to Sir James Graham, part of the great debate over the repeal of the Corn Laws, providing their legal and economic background from the first law of 1660 and from import/export statistics of 1697
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, else a very good copy, 71 pages (also reissued in 1837); one copy in OCLC, none in North America
Book No.:
W-76408
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
Reasons Humbly Offer'd For Altering and Amending the Laws concerning Bankrupts, and for preventing the great Losses that are Daily sustained by their Creditors [with seven other broadsides and similar works pertaining to bankruptcy reform in this era]
Publisher:
Various Publishers, London, 1718-19?.
Description:
A collection of rare ephemera and similar documents all pertaining to bankruptcy and its reform, offering the varied perspectives ultimately leading to the legislation (of 1732) whose provisions "were the foundation of the modern law of bankruptcy"
Condition:
Some browning, a few margins cut close or ragged, but generally in good condition, now preserved in a cloth folder; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78226
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
bankruptcy, legal reform
Author:
Title:
His Majesties Most Gracious Speech To both Houses of Parliament, On Saturday the Sixteenth of March, 1688 [1689]. Wing W2372H. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and Thomas Newcomb [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The attempt by William III, only partly successful, to remove disabilities attendant on all protestants "willing and able to serve" (and expressly excluding Roman Catholics), leading to the Act of Toleration and its receiving royal assent in late May
Condition:
Title with order to print on verso + pages 3-4, disbound, the two leaves almost separating, light marginal staining, usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79604
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Religion, Glorious Revolution
Author:
Cooper, C.P. (ed.)
Title:
Record Commission. Observations, Letters and Opinions of The Commissioners, on the Constitution and Duties of the Record Commission
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1836.
Description:
A collection of fourteen letters and related documents gathered together by Cooper, who no doubt did more for the publication of England's historic, official records than any other individual, published at his expense while the Commission's secretary
Condition:
Original stabbed self-wraps, a trifle rubbed and browned, else a very good copy; 35 pages
Book No.:
W-77029
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Author:
Ley, James
Title:
A Learned Treatise Concerning Wards and Liveries . . . collected and well digested out of the yeare-bookes, and other authorities of the Law, for the benefit of all that are Studious. Wing R1067
Publisher:
Printed by G. Bishop, and R. White [etc.], London, 1642.
Description:
Only edition of the only early treatise devoted exclusively to wards and liveries and its court, written by the court's attorney general, determining financial matters in which, in Dr. Baker's words, "the best lawyers of the day were involved"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered reverse calf, rubbed, the spine particularly so, the gilt initials "E E" on both boards, well-preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78167
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Author:
March, John
Title:
Actions for Slaunder, Or, A Methodicall Collection . . . of what words are actionable in the Law, and what not . . . To which is added, Awards or Arbitrements . . . collected out of our Year-Books and other pirvate [sic] . . . Authorities [&c]. Wing M571
Publisher:
Printed by F.L. for M. Walbank and R. Best [etc.], London, 1647.
Description:
First edition of a pioneering work, rightly claiming to be the first treatise on two separate subject matters--slander (and libel) and arbitration--and, in Holdsworth's words, "an able attempt to extract some general principles from the cases"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed and lightly stained, one leaf torn (legibility preserved), new endpapers, yet quite clean and sturdy; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78851
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
libel and slander, arbitration
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:
Coke, Edward
Title:
A Little Treatise of Baile and Maineprize. Written by E.C. Knight, and now Published for a generall good. The Second Edition, Corected and enlarged. S.T.C. 5490. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for William Cooke, and are to be sold at his shop [etc.], London, 1637.
Description:
One of only two separate printings of one of Coke's minor works, both printed soon after his death, "setting out clearly and succinctly the main principles of the law", in Holdsworth's words, for those seeking the release of an individual in custody
Condition:
Modern cloth, repairs to three leaves (no text affected), some browning and minor staining, else well-margined and quite usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78039
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds
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:
The Case of Anthony Earl of Shaftsbury; As it was Argued before His Majesties Justices of the Kings Bench . . . Being upon his Confinement in the Tower . . . With a Speech of this Worthy Earl, pleading his own Case, and the Liberty of the Subject. Wing C883
Publisher:
Printed by K.P. for C.R., London, 1679.
Description:
Only edition of Shaftsbury's unsuccessful attempt to secure his release from the Tower of London on a writ of habeas corpus, "a very powerful argument . . . den[ying] . . . commit[ment] to indefinite imprisonment on a general warrant"
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, upper right hand corner of the title torn away, just touching the 'e' of 'Case', else a clean, untrimmed copy; 16 pages
Book No.:
W-76227
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, habeas corpus
Author:
Title:
An Account of All the Gaols, Houses of Corrections or Penitentiaries, in the United Kingdom . . . As Far As Relates to Scotland. Ordered by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 16 March 1819. Folio
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1819.
Description:
Arranged by county, reporting particulars for over eighty institutions, including the number of prisoners, their gender and whether under or over seventeen, whether debtor or criminal, and the allowances of food, money, and clothing, inter alia
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, the fore-margins cut close, but the sense preserved, else a very good copy, 21 pages; three copies in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77195
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
prisons, IRELAND, SCOTLAND
Author:
Tighe, R.S.
Title:
Letters to Lord Tenterden, With an Appendix, Relating to a Petition Presented to the House of Lords . . . on the System & Conduct of the Marshal of the King's Bench, in Granting the Rules of His Prison
Publisher:
Printed by Redford and Robins [etc.], London, 1828.
Description:
A rare work written from the unusual perspective of an insolvent debtor confined in Marshalsea Prison, alleging corrupt and arbitrary practises by its Marshal, William Jones, with Tighe's parliamentary petition seeking relief and his gloss upon it
Condition:
Modern green wraps, slightly strained and a very little foxing, else a clean copy, 44 pages; one copy in OCLC and a second in COPAC
Book No.:
W-76474
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
prisons, bankruptcy
Author:
Title:
The Grand Concern of England Explained; in Several Proposals Offered to the Consideration of the Parliament. 1. For Payment of Publick Debts. 2. For Advancement and Encouragement of Trade. 3. For Raising the Rents of Lands [and XIII others]. Wing G1491
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1673.
Description:
A worthy series of proposed reforms, several legal, including courts to settle common disputes, transaction registers, and methods to prevent the "knavery of bankrupts", all providing illuminating, immediate detail of English social life and strife
Condition:
Early marbled wraps, somewhat faded and chipped, but quite sound and very crisp, without the first and last blanks; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78711
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
legal reform, Parliament, bankruptcy, Real Property
Author:
Title:
An Act to amend and render more effectual, in His Majesty's Dominions in America . . . An Act for punishing Mutiny and Desertion, and for . . . extending the Provisions of the said Act to His Majesty's Marine Forces in America [15 Geo III c.15]
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Eyre and William Strahan [etc.], London, 1775.
Description:
A rare separate printing of the extension of the Quartering Acts to marine forces as well as those on land, increasing the existing tensions with the American colonies, and ultimately one of the grievances stated in the Declaration of Independence
Condition:
Modern green wraps, title + pages 383-406, light browning, else well-preserved with ample margins; four copies in ESTC, one in England
Book No.:
W-76282
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, colonies, military law
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:
Title:
Paper Relating to the Prisons in Dublin. Ordered, by the House of Commons, to be Printed, 30 March 1819. Folio
Publisher:
London, 1819.
Description:
A rare report in the form of a letter describing with particularity Dublin's Newgate prison, closed in 1863 and demolished thirty years later; with comparisons of Bridewell and Smithfield prisons and a detailed plan of Newgate's three storys
Condition:
Modern 1/4 cloth over decorated boards, printed paper label, a very good clean copy, 10 pages+plan of Newgate; no copy in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77115
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Author:
Greene, J.G.J.
Title:
Land and Its Laws! A Few Observations upon the Evils Resulting from the Existing System of the Laws Relating to Real Property
Publisher:
James Ridgway, Piccadilly, London, 1850.
Description:
A rare reform tract written by an Inner Temple barrister in decidely strong language ("[t]he present abstruse and expensive system of conveyancing . . . as it came from the hands of priestcraft"), blaming the lawyers and advocating title registration
Condition:
Self-wraps, disbound, 10 pages, ?presentation copy: "Please take notice of the subject / vide your remarks in yesterday's paper"; no USA copy in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77017
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
legal reform, Real Property
Author:
Title:
The Declaration of William and Mary, King and Queen of England, France and Ireland, To all Their Loving Subjects in the Kingdom of IRELAND . . . Given at Our Court at Whitehall this 22th Day of February, 1688 [1689] [etc.]. Wing W2507 [three copies in ESTC]
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill and Thomas Newcomb [etc.], Lodnon [sic], 1689.
Description:
William's immediate, unsuccessful effort to defuse the Irish rebellion as James arrived from France, followed by the siege of Londonderry, the battle of the Boyne, and the Articles of Limerick, "show[ing] how precarious was the Revolution settlement"
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 12x14 inches, lightly browned, several folds, the margins cut close (legibility preserved), quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79601
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
IRELAND, Glorious Revolution, legal ephemera, Broadside
Author:
Title:
The Duke of Norfolk's Case: With Reasons for Passing his Bill. Wing D2514
Publisher:
No publisher stated, London?, 1699?.
Description:
A rare part of a major Parliamentary divorce case, one involving England's premier dukedom (and two admitted adulterers), and possibly the first divorce bill in English history not first to pass through the ecclesiastical courts; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Broadsheet measuring about 8x13 inches, browned, edges chipped and one margin strengthened, all legibility preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79642
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
divorce, marriage, adultery, Acts, Parliament, Ecclesiastical Law
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:
Wilkinson, John
Title:
A Treatise Collected ovt of the Statutes of this Kingdome, and . . . the Lawes, Concerning the Office and Authorities of Coroners and Sheriffes. Together with an easie . . . method for the keeping of a Court Leet, Court Baron, and Hundred Court. Wing W2244
Publisher:
No Publisher Stated, London, 1641.
Description:
A rare edition of the first treatise by a named author on the coroner and on the sheriff, written by a Barnard's Inn attorney and appearing in ten editions throughout the century; with separate sections on each officer and court; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over boards, somewhat rubbed and tightly bound and some light browning and foxing, ex Royal Historical Society; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79482
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
coroners, sheriffs, courts
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:
Selden, John
Title:
Mare Clausum seu de Domino Maris Libri Duo. Primo, Mare, ex Jure Naturae seu Gentium, omnium hominum non esse Commune . . . Secundo, Serenissimum Magnae Britanniae Regem Maris circumflui . . . Dominum esse, asseritur. S.T.C. 22175. Folio
Publisher:
Excudebat Will. Stanesbeius, pro Richardo Meighen, London, 1635.
Description:
First edition of the most famous of all English works on international law, written by Selden at the command of James I in response to Grotius' Mare Liberum, and earning Selden the sobriquet of "the father of international law in England"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the original gilt spine laid down, a large paper copy (8 1/2 x 12 inches), with the Earl Grey bookplate
Book No.:
W-78135
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, international law, maritime law
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:
Title:
Anno Regni Georgii . . . Undecimo. At the Parliament Begun and Holden at Westminster, the Ninth Day of October, Anno Dom. 1722 . . . to the Twelfth Day of November, 1724 [with] An Additional Book of Rates of Goods and Merchandizes. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Baskett [etc.], London, 1724-25.
Description:
The Parliamentary legislation enacted in the eleventh year of the reign of George I, complemented by the rare Additional Book of Rates created by the Customs Act of 1724 [c.7] expanding the 1660 Act of Charles II; 1 copy of the Book in ESTC in the UK
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed and unevenly darkened, front joint cracking but firm, else a good tall copy; without the first act, on land-tax
Book No.:
W-77071
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Acts, economics
Author:
Title:
The Trials Of all the Prisoners Who Were Try'd at the Assizes held at Maidstone, for the County of Kent . . . before the Hon. Sir Thomas Denison, Knt. one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for G. Griffith . . . in the Little Old Bailey, London, 1750.
Description:
A rare example of criminal trials at assizes "in the country", twenty-five in total, for, among other crimes, robbery, arson, rape (two; one of a ten-year old), and stealing a mare, with jury verdicts from acquittal to death; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Later plain wraps, printed decorated paper label, hand-lettered, showing wear and a very little worming, else a good wide-margined copy; 12 pages
Book No.:
W-76399
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Rape, trials
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Reginae Elizabethe. At the Parliament begunne at Westminster, the xxiii of Januarie, in the fyrst yere [1559] of the raigne of our Soueraigne Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as foloweth. S.T.C. 9460; Beale S274. Folio in 6's
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Richard Iugge and Iohn Cawood [etc.], London, 1572?.
Description:
Among the most momentous of Elizabeth's parliaments, enacting the Act of Supremacy [c.1] and the Act of Uniformity [c.2], bringing "into force again the statutes of Henry VIII's Reformation" and authorizing one form of worship, all others prohibited
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, some lightish mainly marginal staining, one pinhole worming, else clean with good margins and the occasional notation; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79452
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Acts
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:
Title:
Anno XXXI Reginae Elizabethae. At a Session of Parliament holden at Westminster. . . in the one and thirtieth yeere [1589] of our most gratious Soueraigne Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as followeth. S.T.C. 9488.5; Beale S304. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by the Deputies of Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1589.
Description:
The parliament enacting the 'Erection of Cottages Act' [c.7], requiring that any cottage built must have at least four acres of freehold or the equivalent, seeking to prevent overnight squatter construction, legislation not to be repealed until 1775
Condition:
Modern blind tooled 3/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and staining, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79447
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, poor law, criminal law
 
Author:
Traynor, Roger J
Title:
Quo Vadis, Prospective Overruling: A Question of Judicial Responsibility
Publisher:
Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, 1977.
Description:
Justice Traynor's essay, based on his lecture presented at the University of Birmingham, beginning with the views of Bracton and Coke and the provisions of the U.S. constitution before venturing into an extensive discussion of modern developments
Condition:
Original printed sewn wraps, a bit worn else a very good copy; in the January issue, Volume 28 Number 3 of the Hastings Law Journal; 36 pages
Book No.:
W-80151
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
Certaine Proposals of Divers Attorneys . . . For the regulating the proceedings at Law . . . Whereby the Clyent will be much secured, the Processe shortned . . . many unnecessary Suits in Law and Equity prevented [etc.]. Wing C1728. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for W. Lee and D. Pakeman [etc.], London, 1651.
Description:
First edition of 21 substantial reform proposals submitted to the Hale Commission's predecessor, part of the major effort to reform the law in mid 17th century England, "important enough to determine the future character of the English legal system"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, lower blank margins of some leaves repaired, marginal gloss and underlining through page 10; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80127
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
legal reform, courts, Parliament, Interregnum
Author:
Smolla, Rodney A
Title:
Free Speech in an Open Society
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1992.
Description:
Presentation copy to Terence Adamson [the personal lawyer for Jimmy and Roslyn Carter], accompanied by a warm, personal letter from Smolla to Adamson on the letterhead of The Institute of Bill of Rights Law, of which Smolla was then director
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in an unclipped dustjacket
Book No.:
W-80150
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
freedom of speech, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
 
Author:
De Pauw, Linda Grant et al (eds.)
Title:
Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America March 4, 1789-March 3, 1791. Fifteen Volumes [of Twenty-Two]
Publisher:
The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1972-2004.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-54167
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Congress, constitutional law
Author:
Title:
The Present Practice of Fines and Recoveries: with the Theory Belonging to Each. ESTC N20990
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for T. Waller [etc.], London, 1751.
Description:
The rare, sole edition of a work treating of early aspects of the law of real property, those which Maitland termed "[t]he best illustration we have of mediaeval conveyancing"; three copies in ESTC, one in the United Kingdom and one in North America
Condition:
Contemporary calf, very lightly rubbed, neatly rebacked, quite clean with excellent margins and both advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80124
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
conveyancing, MEDIEVAL
Author:
Carter, Samuel
Title:
Legal Provisions for the Poor: Or, a Treatise of the Common and Statute Laws concerning the Poor, either as to Relief, Settlement, or Punishment. Being a Methodical Guide for Justices of Peace, Church wardens, and Overseers [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by John Nutt . . . for John Walthoe [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
First edition of one of the earliest works on England's poor law, represented as the first to analyze it other than via an alphabetical digest, thoroughly treating of workhouses, bastard children and their mothers, incorrigible rogues and vagabonds
Condition:
Modern calf, double blind ruled and gilt lettered, light browning, else very clean and crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79679
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
poor law, infants, criminal law, justices of peace, Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Brady, Robert
Title:
A Full and Clear Answer to a Book, Written By William Petit . . . Amd a Glossary, Expounding some few Words used frequently in our Antient Records, Laws and Historians . . . Together with Some Animadversions upon . . . Jani Anglorum Facies Nova. Wing B4189
Publisher:
Printed for Samuel Lowndes . . . in the Strand, London, 1681.
Description:
First edition of Brady's first work, critical of Coke and rejecting Whig theories of an 'ancient constitution' predating the Norman Conquest, in J.A. Pocock's words "one of the most important occurrences in the history of our historiography"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, front joint cracking but firm, Daniel Fleming's copy with his ownership signature on the first blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79680
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
political theory, legal dictionaries
Author:
Rastell, John
Title:
Les Termes de la Ley: Or, Certaine difficult and obscure Words and Termes of the Common Lawes and Statutes of this Realme now in use expounded and explained . . . With a new Addition of about two hundred and fifty words. Cowley 130; ESTC R229918; Wing R286
Publisher:
Printed by I. Beale and R. Hearne, London, 1641.
Description:
An early 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 sheep, the spine rubbed, with a lengthy (24 item) manuscript note before the title, occasional minor staining, sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80123
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
legal dictionaries
Author:
Langhorne, Richard
Title:
Considerations Touching The Great Question of the King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws. Written On the Occasion of His Late Blessed Majesties granting Free Toleration and Indulgence. Wing L396. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by H.H. for the Assigns of R. Langhorne [etc.], London, 1687.
Description:
The work written in defense of Charles II's 1672 Declaration of Indulgence, Langhorne "a Roman Catholic barrister of considerable eminence", later implicated in the Popish Plot, executed for treason, and beatified in 1929 by Pope Pius XI
Condition:
Modern 1/4 sheep over brown boards, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, the spine gilt ruled and lettered, quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80106
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Religion, trials
Author:
Title:
His Majesties Declaration to All His Loving Subjects, March 15th 1671,/2. Published by the Advice of His Privy Council. Wing C2990; ESTC R206895. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1672.
Description:
The Declaration in which Charles II sought to extend religious liberty to nonconformists and Roman Catholics, Parliament in 1673 forcing him to withdraw it, then enacting the first Test Act requiring those in public service to take Anglican communion
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, light browning, with ample untrimmed margins, one horizontal fold, housed in a modern buckram folder; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80105
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Religion, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
His Majesties Declaration to All His loving Subjects, December 26 1662. Published by the Advice of His Privy Council. Wing C2988. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1662.
Description:
Charles II's admirable but ill fated first declaration of indulgence, seeking to suspend the Act of Uniformity and extend toleration to Quakers, Roman Catholics, and nonconformists, he forced to rescind it (a "resounding humiliation") in March 1663
Condition:
?Original printed self wraps, disbound, definite browning, else quite sound with ample margins and the Royal arms on the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80083
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Religion
Author:
Title:
His Majesties Gracious Speech to the Lords & Commons, Together with the Lord Chancellor's, At the opening of the Parliament, On the 8th day of May, 1661. Wing C3017. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1661.
Description:
The speech in which Charles II announces his proposed marriage to Catherine of Braganza, cementing England's relations with Portugal and France as against Spain, the potential religious conflict (Catherine a Roman Catholic) skilfully downplayed
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, definite browning, the title's lower right blank corner torn away, else usable, with the final blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80070
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Parliament, marriage, PORTUGAL, international law, FRANCE, SPAIN, Religion
Author:
Title:
The Famous Tryal in B.R. between Thomas Neale, Esq; and the Late Lady Theadosis Ivy . . . before The Right Honourable the Late Lord Jeffreys . . . Alimony Arraignd, or the Remonstrance and Humble Appeal of Thomas Ivie, Esq. [etc.]. ESTC R35557. Folio
Publisher:
No publisher stated, No place stated, 1696.
Description:
First edition of the longest 17th century trial in England, save one other, Lady Ivy found to have fraudulently created documents central to her claim, coupled with probably "the most involved series of sexual accusations in a divorce proceeding"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 cloth over marbled boards, bound in two volumes, some browning, staining, and marginal chipping, with the two plates; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80033
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
divorce, trials, Real Property, fraud
Author:
Title:
The Trials of Samuel Goodere Esq; Matthew Mahony, and Charles White, for the Murder of Sir John Dinely Goodere Bart. (Brother to the said Samuel Goodere,) On board His Majesty's Ship the Ruby . . . Before . . . Michael Foster Esq; Serjeant at Law [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar [and] B. Hickey [etc.], London, 1741.
Description:
The most extensive contemporary account of a bungled fratricide ordered by a ship's captain who, claiming his brother was mad, successfully ordered his murder, only to be overpowered by his crew the following day, tried, convicted and hanged
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, some browning, without the initial advertisement leaf, else quite clean and the sewing firm; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80034
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, insanity
Author:
Noy, William
Title:
Reports and Cases . . . Collected and Reported by that Learned Lawyer William Noy . . . Since Attourney Generall to the late King Charles. Conteining most Excellent matter of Exceptions to all manner of Declarations, Pleadings, and Demurrers [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by F.L. for Matthew Walbancke [etc.]. Wing N1449, London, 1656.
Description:
First edition of the reports from the reigns of Elizabeth, James and Charles I attributed to Noy, one of the finest lawyers of his day (numbering Hale and Maynard among his pupils) and "one of the six persons recommended by Lord Bacon for reporters"
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, early printed paper label, somewhat rubbed, well preserved with ample margins and the blank 2C4; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80020
Price:
$ 300.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
Title:
By the King. A Proclamation commanding the due execution of the Lawes made against Eating and Selling of Flesh in Lent, and other times prohibited. S.T.C. 8984; Steele 1, 642; Lincoln's Inn Catalogue of Pamphlets 1506-1700 234
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1632.
Description:
The proclamation "polic[ing] with some vigour" those who ate or sold flesh in Lent, restoring a religious element to the prohibitions first enacted in 1548, with the situation in England "exceptional within the Protestant world" and much debated
Condition:
Two broadsides, each measuring about 12x15 inches, light browning, one horizontal fold, well preserved in a modern buckram folder; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79674
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Broadside, legal ephemera, Religion
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:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Several Tracts . . . viz, I. A Discourse of Religion on Three Heads II. A Treatise touching Provision for the Poor III. A Letter to his Children, Advising them how to behave themselves in their Speech IV. A Letter to one of his Sons [etc.]. Wing H259
Publisher:
Printed by J. Playford for W. Shrowsbery [etc.], London, 1684.
Description:
Four works reflecting Hale's wide-ranging thinking and humanity, including the "most considered summary of his later religious ideas" and his plan ("well in advance of his times") for a public trading corporation to alleviate unemployment
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite rubbed, rebacked, a few markings, else quite sound, with separate title pages for all but the first work; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78111
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
poor law, Religion
Author:
Dowdeswell, William
Title:
The Sentiments of an English Freeholder, on the Late Decision of the Middlesex Election. Not in Eller. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Maall, London, 1769.
Description:
Only edition of a pro-Wilkes tract, calling the "Case Considered" (attributed on occasion to Blackstone) "very full and very learned" but irrelevant, and concluding with an express citation to Blackstone's Commentaries in support of seating Wilkes
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, very light browning, and the half-title somewhat dusty, else a very good copy; 60 pages
Book No.:
W-77788
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, law of elections
Author:
Title:
In This Volume are conteined the statutes made and established from the time of kyng Henry the thirde, unto the fyrste yere of the reigne of our most gratious and victorious soueraigne lorde kinge Henry the viii. S.T.C. 9301.3; Not in Beale
Publisher:
In officina Thomae Berleti [i.e. Bertheleti and N. Hill?], London, 1550?.
Description:
The second printing of the first edition of the statutes of the realm -- commencing with Magna Carta -- rendered into English and playing a significant part in the 'Englishing' of English law (long in Latin and Law French) during the Tudor reigns
Condition:
Later polished calf, skillfully rebacked, with the bookplate of Henry Cunliffe on the front pastedown, gilt edges, very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78093
Price:
$ 8500.00
Category:
Acts, Magna Carta
Author:
Title:
An Act For turning the Books of the Law, and All Process and Proceedings in Courts of Justice into English [with] An Additional Act Concerning the Proceedings of the Law in English. Neither in Wing. Folio
Publisher:
[1] Printed by Edward Husband and John Field [2] by John Field, London, 1650 & 1651.
Description:
The far-reaching legislation requiring that the law of England in virtually all its manifestations be in English, a fundamental reform aborted at the Restoration and not largely achieved until the early eighteenth century [in 1731] under George II
Condition:
Pages 1097-1099 and 1339-1341, light browning, disbound, else clean and with ample margins, now preserved in a modern folding case; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78824
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, English Law
Author:
Title:
The Decisions of the English Judges, During the Usurpation, From the Year 1655, to his Majesty's Restoration, and the sitting down of the Session in June 1661. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for G. Hamilton and J. Balfour, Edinburgh, 1762.
Description:
Among the earliest reports of the Court of Session, the supreme Scottish civil court, preceded in their coverage only by those of Sir Alexander Gibson of Durie, based on a anonymous manuscript located in the library of the Faculty of Advocates
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf over marbled boards, front joint just cracking but firm, lightish foxing and browning; a good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-76346
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
reports of cases, SCOTLAND
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
The Clerk's Remembrancer: Containing All Sorts of Small and Useful Precedents: with Proper Directions in Conveyancing: And the Compleat Methods of Practice in the Courts of King's Bench, Common Pleas, and the High Court of Chancery [etc]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1730.
Description:
The rare, final and expanded edition of one of Jacob's earliest works, and his first on the practice in the royal courts, launching a career establishing his "lasting reputation . . . based on his legal writings"; five copies in ESTC, one in the UK
Condition:
Contemporary calf, slightly rubbed, neatly rebacked, gilt lettered and quite clean and bright, with the two advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79553
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
conveyancing, courts, equity, Procedure
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex, Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the Authorities of Law. Eller 231 [citing the University of Chicago Library copy of 48 pages, as here]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand, London, 1769.
Description:
Blackstone's passionate invocation of the common law as the source of the House of Common's power to expel a member, and his principal contribution to English constitutional law outside the Commentaries; not seen by Eller and surprisingly uncommon
Condition:
Modern marbled stabbed wraps, light browning, the half-title a bit dusty, else a good, generously margined copy; 48 pages
Book No.:
W-77790
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
English constitutional law
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:
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:
Title:
To the Kings most Excellent Majesty, and the Lords and Peeres now assembled in Parliament. The Humble Petition and Protestation of all the Bishops and Prelates now called by His Majesties Writts to attend the Parliament [etc.]. Not in Wing; ESTC R226217
Publisher:
Printed for Joseph Hunscutt, London, 1642.
Description:
The rare broadside whose contents formed the basis of high treason charges brought against the bishops for "subvert[ing] the fundamental laws of the kingdom", thereby contributing in part to the outbreak of England's civil war; one copy in ESTC
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 9 1/2 x 13 inches, lightly browned, some chips and tears, top left margin trimmed, but legibility preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79671
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Broadside, legal ephemera, Ecclesiastical Law, Parliament, English constitutional law, criminal law
Author:
Title:
By the King and Queen. A Proclamation . . . That all Persons being Protestants . . . in the Offices of Sheriffs, Justices of the Peace [and other offices] shall hold themselves continued in the said Offices [etc.]. Wing W2522; Steele I, 3964
Publisher:
Printed by John Starkey and Awnsham Churchill [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The proclamation given on Feb 14 1689, two days after the Houses of Parliament had agreed on a Declaration of Rights and the day following William and Mary being offered and accepting the crown--as "the first stage of the Revolution was complete"
Condition:
Broadside about 8x11 inches, one vertical fold, light browning, else well preserved, the variant with the factotum containing flowers; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79487
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Religion, sheriffs, justices of peace
Author:
Forster?, Nathaniel
Title:
An Answer to a Pamphlet Entitled, "The Question Stated, Whether The Freeholders of Middlesex forfeited their Right by Voting for Mr. Wilkes at the last Election? In a Letter from a Member of Parliament to one of his Constituents" [etc.]. Not in Eller
Publisher:
Printed for James Fletcher [and two others] [etc.], London, 1769.
Description:
Part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, the postscript possibly by Blackstone, accused of saying one thing in his 'Commentaries' and another as a Member of Parliament, in Ian Doolittle's words "caught leaden-footed in debate"
Condition:
Disbound, laid into modern marbled wraps, some foxing and the margins cut somewhat close, a sound copy; 38 pages, without the half title
Book No.:
W-77763
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Parliament, Radicals
 
Author:
Title:
A Collection of Such of the Orders Heretofore used in Chancery . . . For Reforming of several Abuses in the said Court, preventing multiplicity of Suits, Motions, and unnecessary Charge to the Suitors and for their more expeditious . . . Relief. Wing C5198
Publisher:
Printed for Henry Chase . . . and by Humphery Tuckey [etc.], London, 1661.
Description:
The orders which were largely those of Francis Bacon, in Holdsworth's words "fix[ing] the practice of the court till the [19th century] reforms", Bacon's sole successful effort at codification and "the best evidence of [the court's] organization"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, else crisp with both the index leaf, the final blank, and the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79698
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
equity, courts, legal reform
Author:
Title:
An Account of All the Gaols, Houses of Corrections or Penitentiaries, in the United Kingdom . . . As Far As Relates to Ireland. Ordered by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 16 March 1819. Folio
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1819.
Description:
Arranged by county, reporting particulars for over ninety institutions, including number of prisoners, their gender and whether under or over seventeen, whether debtor or criminal, and the allowances of food, money, and clothing, inter alia
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, the fore-margins cut close, but the sense preserved, else a very good copy, 21 pages; no copy in OCLC in the USA
Book No.:
W-77192
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
prisons, IRELAND
Author:
Littleton, Thomas
Title:
Lytylton Tenures Newly Revised, and truly corrected with a table (after the alphabete to fynde out briefely the cases desyred in the same) therto added very necessary to the readers. S.T.C. 15736; Beale T19
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . In Fletestrete . . . by Wyllyam Powel [etc.], London, 1553.
Description:
A rare, early edition of the first English legal treatise to be printed (circa 1481), a work which Maitland called a "lucid and classical book on the tenure of land", this copy with an elaborate contemporary gloss throughout; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary blind-panelled calf, very worn, last leaf (list of chapters and imprint) lacking, the penultimate leaf just affected with a small loss
Book No.:
W-78046
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Real Property
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli II Regis . . . Decimo Quarto. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Eighth day of May, Anno Dom. 1661 . . . And there continued . . . And thence Prorogued to the 18th of February then next following. Not in Wing. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1662.
Description:
The rare complete record of the first, major legislation of the Restoration's Cavalier Parliament, including the Licensing of the Press Act (c.33), the Act of Uniformity (c.4), and the Act for Better Relief of the Poor (c.12); five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, clean and well preserved with generous margins and the final blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79476
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, freedom of press, criminal law, Religion, poor law
Author:
Title:
The Decisions of Justice Tobriner
Publisher:
Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, 1977.
Description:
With an introduction by Edmund G. Brown, Sr., nine contributions, including those by Joseph Grodin, Lisa A. Perlman, and Michael A. Willemsen, and a photo portrait of Justice Tobriner
Condition:
Original printed wraps, a very good copy; the September 1977 issue, volume 29 number 1
Book No.:
W-92027
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
His Highness the Prince of Orange His Letter to the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, Assembled at Westminster, In this Present Convention, January 22 1688/9. [Number 1 of 4 printed, signed "Will.H.P. d' Orange"]. Wing W2358. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for James Partridge and Matthew Gillyflower, London, 1689.
Description:
William's letter sent on the day the Convention convened, urging the consideration of his Declaration and "to lay the Foundations of . . . your Laws, and Your Liberties", he and Mary then to accept the Declaration of Rights the following February 13
Condition:
Four pages, disbound, chip to the bottom edge and a small hole in the title (no text affected), light browning, else sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79561
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
Author:
Plowden, Francis
Title:
The English Liberty of the Press, Exemplified in Some Practices of the Hucksters in the Journal Mart, During the Month of December, 1824
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, and Sold by Amyot, rue de la Paix, Paris, 1825.
Description:
The last work of Plowden, the Middle Temple barrister and Roman Catholic, deploring the alleged anti-Catholic bias of France's sole English language journal against the "proscribed, and persecuted victims of [England's] sanguinary code of laws"
Condition:
Original printed ?self-wraps, disbound, some mainly marginal staining, presentation copy ("From the Author"), a good copy, 26 pages; two copies in COPAC
Book No.:
W-76611
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
freedom of press
Author:
Brown, Josiah
Title:
A New Abridgment of Cases in Equity, and of Such Cases at Law, as relate to Equitable Subjects; from 1735, to the Present Time. Volume I [all published]. Cowley 286. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed (for the Author) by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall [etc.], London, 1793.
Description:
Only edition of a rare work, the penultimate attempt to abridge all matters equitable, to have been enormously extensive, cut short by Brown's death and extending only through the letter "A"; this copy with an index found in no copy located online
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, ex-Middle Temple Library, light foxing and browning, else well-preserved; two copies in ESTC, neither in the USA
Book No.:
W-76324
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
equity, Abridgements
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:
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:
Title:
The Ordinary of Newgate's Account of the Behaviour, Confession, and Dying Words, of the Twelve Malefactors Who were executed at Tyburn . . . Being the Third Execution in the Mayoralty of the Right Honble John Blatchford . . . Number VI. For the said Year
Publisher:
Printed for, and sold by T. Parker [and] C. Corbett [etc.], London, 1750.
Description:
Part of a series which has recently been described as an "inestimable source of knowledge [and] dramatic truth . . . [n]othing like them has been published before or since", rich in biographical and descriptive material of London's criminal classes
Condition:
Original self stabbed wraps, untrimmed, quite worn, the last leaf loose, a fragile but usable survival, title plus pages 83-106; one copy in ESTC
Book No.:
W-77043
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
The Exact Abridgement of that Excellent Treatise called Doctor and Student. S.T.C. 21583 ['sold by' variant]
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignes of John More [etc.], London], 1630.
Description:
The only abridgment of Christopher St. Germain's famed treatise, a particularly able effort distilling the equitable principles debated in dialogue between the doctor of divinity and the student of English law in St. Germain's original creation
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, a little dusty, else a good copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-46735
Price:
$ 400.00
Category:
equity, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Title:
In This Volume are conteined the statutes made and established from the time of kyng Henry the thirde, unto the fyrste yere of the reigne of our most gratious and victorious soueraine lorde king Henry the viii. S.T.C. 9301; Beale S27
Publisher:
In officina Thomae Bertheleti typis impress [etc.], London, 1543.
Description:
First printing of the first edition of the statutes of the realm commencing with Magna Carta to be rendered into English, playing a significant part in the 'Englishing' of English law (previously in Latin and Law French) during the Tudor reigns
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, remains of clasps, very minor worming, else exceptionally bright and clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78881
Price:
$ 10500.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Title:
A Subsidy Granted to the King, of Tonnage, and Poundage, and other Sums of Money, payable upon Merchandize Exported and Imported. Together with a Book of Rates [with] Rules and Instructions for the Tare of Goods & Merchandize [etc.]. Wing E2315 and E923A
Publisher:
Printed by Chr. Barker [and] Printed Anno Dom., London, 1661 & 1663.
Description:
Two rare works marking the evolution of one of the foremost constitutional debates of the seventeenth century, as Parliament granted Charles II these two important subsidies for his life, in contrast to the much circumscribed grants formerly made
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, rubbed, rebacked, portions of the original spine laid down, the Taussig copy; three and two copies in ESTC respectively
Book No.:
W-78110
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
international law, maritime law, economics, English constitutional law
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:
Ashe, Thomas
Title:
Un Perfect Table a Touts les Severall Livers del Reportes de Sir Edward Coke . . . Ouesque un Catalogue de touts le cases in larguments de les principall cases [with an] Alphabeticall collection de touts . . . texts del Latine [etc.]. S.T.C. 5525
Publisher:
Printed for the Company of Stationers, London, 1606.
Description:
First edition of the first abridgement of Coke's reports, undertaken by Thomas Ashe, the master and pioneer of this genre of legal literature ("a great maker of indices and abstracts", in Holdsworth's words); arranged alphabetically by subject
Condition:
Contemporary vellum, soiled, some repairs, else fresh and well-preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-49535
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Abridgements, reports of cases
Author:
Title:
His Majesties Gracious Speech To both Houses of Parliament, On Wednesday, February the 18th 1662 [1663]. Being the first day of their meeting after their Prorogation. Wing C3048; ESTC R5549. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
The speech made by Charles II at the opening of the fourth session of the Cavalier Parliament, his "great effort . . . to relieve peaceful nonconformists and Catholics", to fail utterly , religious toleration not achieved, even in part, until 1688
Condition:
?Original printed self wraps, disbound, reinforced at the margin, some browning, but sound, title + pages 3-6 + colophon leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79951
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Religion
Author:
Title:
The Address Of the Honourable the House of Commons: Presented to His Majesty On Thursday the 25th day of April, 1689. With His Majesty's Answer Thereunto. Wing E2514. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and Thomas Newcomb [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The official and sole London printing of the Commons address offering full support (with William's acceptance) for a declaration of war on France, following the arrival of James II from France in Ireland in mid-March, with war in fact declared May 7
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, title (verso blank) plus two pages, three folds, one manuscript notation, clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79605
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, English Law, military law, IRELAND, FRANCE
Author:
Title:
Militia Old and New . . . Read All or None; and Then Censure. Wing M2052. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed 18 August 2642 [i.e. 1642], London, 1642.
Description:
Part of the great public debate in the summer of 1642, as "king and parliament . . . publish[ed] vast numbers of manifestoes setting forth their cases", contending that officials were to be appointed only by those over whom jurisdiction extended
Condition:
?Original self-wraps, disbound, title and three leaves (eight pages); a good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-76151
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
military law
Author:
Burn, John Ilderton
Title:
A Practical Treatise or Compendium of the Law of Marine Insurances. Cohen 7055
Publisher:
Re-printed, for H. Caritat, no. 153, Broad-way [etc.], New-York, 1801.
Description:
Only American edition of a work by an Inner Temple barrister, dedicated to Sir James Park whose well-known treatise this work may be deemed to complement, the two being, respectively, the second and first works on the subject printed in this country
Condition:
Original sheep, crimson morocco label, gilt, front joint cracked and repaired (and holding), some browning, else a good copy
Book No.:
W-76465
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
insurance law, maritime law
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:
Walthoe (comp.), John
Title:
A Catalogue of the Common and Statute Law-Books of this Realm . . . With An Account of the Best Editions, and Common Prices for which they are now Sold [bound with] A Catalogue of Modern English Books, in Divinity, History, Law [and three other subjects]
Publisher:
[1] Printed for J. Walthoe [2] Sold by J. Walthoe, Jun [etc.], London, 1722 & ?1723.
Description:
Two rare Walthoe catalogues, the first (on law books) being the fourth of six Walthoe catalogues to appear in the 18th century, and the second being the first issued under its title; six copies of the first and one copy of the second in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, a bit rubbed and bowed, some browning, else quite clean and sound with good margins; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79556
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Bibliography, Dealer & Auction Catalogues
Author:
Title:
An Exact List of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal . . . Also a Compleat Alphabetical Double List of I. The Counties, Cities and Boroughs . . . II. The Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses . . . To which is added, The Trustees for Georgia [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by E. Cave at St. John's Gate, London, 1734-35.
Description:
A rare list of those serving in Parliament, complemented by the names and places of abode of the trustees for the Georgia colony (established by Royal charter in 1732), including James Oglethorpe and the Earl of Egmont, and their commissioners
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, neatly rebacked, the margins cut close, but legibility not affected, a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76112
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
biography, Parliament, Georgia
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:
Dalrymple, David, Lord Hailes]
Title:
A Catalogue of the Lords of Session, from the Institution of the College of Justice, in the year 1532. With Historical Notes. Quarto
Publisher:
N.p., Edinburgh, 1794.
Description:
The first revision, significantly expanded, of the first effort to provide biographical detail of the Scots judiciary, undertaken by Lord Hailes, advisor to James Boswell and to whom Dr. Johnson is said to have turned "on any matter of Scottish law"
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, a clean copy with ample margins. 18+42 pages; one copy in a law library in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76204
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
biography, SCOTLAND
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
The Common Law Common-Plac'd: Containing, the Substance and Effect of All the Common Law Cases, dispersed in the Body of the Law . . . Wherein likewise The Terms of the Law . . . are concisely treated of [etc.]. The Second Edition. Cowley 225. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1733.
Description:
The last, and much-expanded, edition of Jacob's abridgment, designed to complement his 'Statute Law Common-Placed' and likely his 'Student's Companion, or Reasons of the Law'; arranged by subject, alphabetically
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the boards somewhat worn and scraped, else a very good, tall, clean copy
Book No.:
W-77870
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Title:
Report of the Visiting Justices; With Appendixes and Resolutions of the Court. House of Correction, Cold Bath Fields, January Quarter Sessions, 1847
Publisher:
Printed by John Thomas Morris, Aldersgate-Street, London, 1847.
Description:
The rare copy of the inspection report for the then "largest prison in the Empire", prompted in part by three special matters, including commutation of transportation sentences of juvenile convicts and the ensuing prospect of overcrowded conditions
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, a good clean copy, 23 pages; no copy in OCLC, COPAC, or the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue
Book No.:
W-77150
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
justices of peace, prisons, Transportation, AUSTRALIA
Author:
Title:
The Address of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons Assembled in Parliament, to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, Presented by the Right Hononourable [sic] The Lord Marquis of Halifax . . . with His Maiesties Most Gracious Answer [etc.]. Wing E1186
Publisher:
Printed by James Partridge, Matthew Gillyflower [and one other], London, 1689.
Description:
The mutual exchanges of support between Parliament (its legal status now regularized) and William as the Irish revolution gained force, with the Dutch having declared war on France and England to do so in early May; one copy in ESTC in North America
Condition:
Order to print leaf + title + 2 + 7 pages, disbound, some light browning and some staining to the lower margin, else clean & complete; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79603
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Glorious Revolution, English Law, military law, IRELAND, Holland, FRANCE
Author:
Title:
A Letter from His Highness the Prince of Orange, for The Summoning of a convention, to be held at Westminster, the 22th of January, 16688/9 [etc.]. Wing W2344
Publisher:
Printed by J. Starkey, and A. and W. Churchill, London, 1688.
Description:
The famous circular letter distributed throughout England, calling for a Convention "to declare the rights and liberties of the nation", an essential step leading to the Declaration of Rights and to achieving the goals of the Glorious Revolution
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 11x13 inches, one horizontal tear (about five inches), legibility not affected, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79538
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Glorious Revolution, Glorious Revolution
 
Author:
Wingate, Edmund
Title:
Statuta Pacis: Or A perfect Table of all the Statutes (now in force) which any way concerne the Office of a Justice of Peace. Cleerly also setting down the severall duties of Sheriffes, Head-officers of Corporations . . .and other Officers &c. Wing W3023
Publisher:
Printed by M. Flesher and J. Young [etc.], London, 1644.
Description:
The uncommon, only edition of Wingate's first legal compilation, offering as its justification Sir Edward Coke's view of the importance to England of its unique system of subordinate government; three copies in ESTC in North America
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, lightly rubbed, rebacked, the original spine laid down, new endpapers, quite crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79699
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
justices of peace, sheriffs, criminal law, Abridgements
Author:
Forbes, William
Title:
A Methodical Treatise Concerning Bills of Exchange . . . illustrated and confirm'd from Civil Law; the Authority of Lawyers and Writers . . . With incident comparative Views of the Laws and Customs of England, and other Countries [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by John Mosman . . . for John Russell [etc.], Edinburgh, 1718.
Description:
The expanded edition of Forbes' first work, and the first treatise published in Scotland on the subject, antedating Forbes' appointment as the first professor of civil law at the University of Glasgow in 1714 and as its Dean in the 1730's
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, front joint just cracking (but quite firm), title dusty, a crisp usable copy; with the advertising leaves
Book No.:
W-76615
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Bills and Notes, Negotiable Instrum
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:
The Attempt to Divorce the Princess of Wales Impartially Considered: More Particularly with Reference to the Probability of Its Success. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Ridgway and Sons, Piccadilly, London, 1816.
Description:
The rarest of four editions of a rare tract, presciently and perceptively analyzing the unlikely prospect that a divorce from Caroline might be obtained, leading to the 'Milan Commission' and, ultimately, to Caroline's Parliamentary 'trial' in 1820
Condition:
Early green embossed boards, paper label, a very good copy, with the half-title, 25 pages; no copy in OCLC, one in COPAC
Book No.:
W-75818
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
trials, divorce
Author:
Bentham, Jeremy
Title:
A Treatise on Judicial Evidence, Extracted from the Manuscripts of Jeremy Bentham, Esq. by M. Dumont, Member of the Representative and Sovereign Council of Geneva. Translated into English. Chuo T7(5)(a)
Publisher:
From the Law Journal--Published by Mr. J.W. Paget [etc.], London, 1825.
Description:
First edition in English of Bentham's first major published treatise on evidence, containing his main proposals for its reform; "nearly all changes since his time", in Professor Twining's words, "have been in the direction he charted"
Condition:
Contemporary marbled boards, rebacked, a bit of foxing, but clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-68359
Price:
$ 475.00
Category:
Evidence
Author:
Phillipps, S.M.
Title:
A Treatise on the Law of Evidence. Second Edition, with Considerable Additions
Publisher:
Printed by A. Strahan . . . for J. Butterworth and Son [etc.], London, 1815.
Description:
The much expanded first revision of Phillipps' principal work, earning him a reputation of "high rank -- accurate, perspicuous and well-organized -- expound[ing] the principles of his subject in a clear and systematic way"
Condition:
Original blue boards, quite rubbed, rebacked, a bit of light pencilling and some partial pencil erasures, else a very good, untrimmed, clean copy
Book No.:
W-75992
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Bills and Notes, Evidence
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Tracts, Chiefly Relating to the Antiquities and Laws of England. Third Edition. Eller 240; Lauechli 553
Publisher:
Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1771.
Description:
The most complete edition of Blackstone's legal essays, said in part to be responsible for his appointment as Solicitor General, and including his famed essay on (and text of) Magna Carta, "of the first importance for the constitutional lawyer"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the boards rubbed and marked, the first and last blanks somewhat foxed and dusty, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78133
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Family Law, jurisprudence, marriage, Magna Carta, English constitutional law
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:
Caldwell, James Stamford
Title:
A Treatise of the Law of Arbitration; with an Appendix of Precedents. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Joseph Butterworth and Son, Law Booksellers [etc.], London, 1825.
Description:
Final English edition of Caldwell's pioneering work, and the edition on which all but one of the American editions were to be based, praised by Holdsworth ("a good summary") and the first of "the first modern textbooks for lawyers" on the subject
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, front joint just cracking, but firm, label lacking, else quite a good fresh copy
Book No.:
W-76710
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
arbitration
Author:
Reeve, Tapping
Title:
The Law of Baron and Femme; of Parent and Child; of Guardian and Ward; of Master and Servant; and of the Powers of Courts of Chancery. With an Essay on the terms, Heir, Heirs, and Heirs of the Body
Publisher:
Printed by Oliver Steele, New-Haven, 1816.
Description:
First edition of the first American work devoted to the law of women, written by Tapping Reeve, founder of the first American law school, at Litchfield
Condition:
Contemporary calf, very worn, some browning; a just usable copy
Book No.:
W-73489
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
women's law, marriage, infants, master, Connecticut, equity, Probating
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:
The Tryal of Thomas Colley . . . For the cruel and inhuman Murder of Ruth Osborne . . . by ducking her in Marlston-Mere . . . under Supposition of her being a Witch [together with the accounts of several other trials]
Publisher:
Printed for T. Brown in the Little Old Bailey [etc.], London, 1751.
Description:
First edition of a rare trial account arising from the last instance of the death in England of an accused witch, drowned by a lynch mob led by Thomas Colley, himself then convicted of the murder and executed; three copies in ESTC, none in England
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, the imprint and lower margin shaved, one line sometimes lost (supplied in manuscript); a delicate but usable survival
Book No.:
W-76100
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, witchcraft, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Law of Actions: Being An Exact, Brief and Methodical Collection of all adjudg'd Cases out of all the Reports of the Law to this Day; And likewise from Roll's Abridgment [with] the Reason that Rules it Render'd obvious to the meanest Capacity [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by John Nutt . . . for John Hartley [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
A rare work devoted almost entirely to action on the case, as it began "to produce the modern categories under which our substantive law is grouped", contrasting tort and contract, with much on slander, assumpsit and "doing, not doing, or misdoing"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning, ex-library, else a sound copy with the blank before the title page; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78801
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
contracts, torts, Procedure, Abridgements, reports of cases, libel and slander
Author:
Saltern, George
Title:
Of the Antient Lawes of great Britaine. S.T.C. 21635
Publisher:
Printed [by Edward Allde] for Iohn Iaggard [etc.], London, 1605.
Description:
Only edition of the tract written by a Middle Temple barrister, appearing as the union of England and Scotland was contested, "unique in its singular focus on demonstrating the existence of a British common law tradition from the mists of antiquity"
Condition:
Modern vellum, the title slightly darkened with its lower margin cut close (no text affected), the Huth copy with his bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78905
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Anglo-Saxon law, Law and Literature
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:
Title:
Anno XXV Henrici Octaui. Actes made in the session of this present Parliament holden upon prorogation at Westminster [with] Anno XXVI [with] Anno XXVII [with] Anno XXVIII [1534-1536]. S.T.C. 9384.5, 9389.5, 9393.5, 9396.5; Beale S160, S167, S173, S179
Publisher:
T. Powell [and] T. Marsh, London, 1562-1575?.
Description:
The legislation central to the English Reformation under Henry VIII, including that confirming the final break with Rome and Henry as legally the Church of England's Supreme Head, dissolving the monasteries, and establishing the Act of Succession
Condition:
Modern panelled calf, lightly rubbed, else well preserved, the Goyder copy with his bookplate and dated ownership signature (1947); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78956
Price:
$ 4750.00
Category:
Acts, Ecclesiastical Law, legal reform
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:
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:
Title:
Deed of Settlement of the Northamptonshire Union Bank, Established under the Authority of an Act of Parliament . . . To Which Is Appended an Abstract of the Act. Capital, 537,500 [pounds sterling] in 21,500 Shares [etc.]
Publisher:
T.E. Dicey, Mercury Office, Northampton, 1880?.
Description:
The rare work setting forth the settlement deed establishing the bank in 1836, reconstructing the private banking business of John and Samuel Percival, following the enactment of the act (7 Geo IV c.46) regulating banking copartnerships in England
Condition:
Original pebbled cloth, somewhat worn and spotted and a bit strained, but a good clean copy; one copy in OCLC and COPAC only, with a different collation
Book No.:
W-77131
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
banks
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:
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:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury, at the Sessions of the Peace Held for the City and Liberty of Westminster, &c. On Thursday the 29th of June, 1749. Published By Order of the Court, and at the unanimous Request of the Gentlemen of the Grand Jury
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar . . . in the Strand, London, 1749.
Description:
Arguably the most famous grand jury charge ever delivered, "a masterly and assured model of its kind", citing Bracton, Coke, Hale and Hawkins inter alia, and setting forth Fielding's views on the state of English society and its needed reforms
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, the title somewhat browned and with a circular stain, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79299
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges, legal reform, English Law
Author:
Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:
A Collection of sundrie Statutes, frequent in use: With Notes in the Margent and References to the Booke cases and Bookes of Entries and Registers . . . Together with an Abridgement of the residue which be Expired [etc.]. S.T.C. 9328. Folio
Publisher:
Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Societie of Stationers, London, 1618.
Description:
First edition of the first successful attempt to produce a critical edition of the Statutes at Large, "an advance upon all former editions [and] a new standard" in Holdsworth's words, based on Pulton's careful examination of the manuscript sources
Condition:
Contemporary blind-ruled polished calf, rubbed, neatly repaired, a very good, generously margined and especially bright copy
Book No.:
W-77868
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
Acts
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 [etc.]. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by John Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
Second 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, on habeas corpus, and on escapes; uncommon, six copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a bit of minor staining, else clean and well preserved, with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79515
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners, juries, habeas corpus, criminal law
Author:
Hampson, George Francis
Title:
A Short Treatise Endeavouring to Point Out The Means by Which Those Who Accept the Situation of Trustees May Perform Their Duties Without Incurring Responsibility
Publisher:
Printed for A. Maxwell, Law Bookseller, Bell-Yard, Lincoln's Inn, London, 1825.
Description:
First edition of an uncommon work, and seemingly the first devoted exclusively to the duties and responsibilities (and liabilities) of a voluntary trustee at English law, with a particular focus on fiduciary duty, breach of trust, and negligence
Condition:
Original printed boards, quite rubbed, the front joint fraying, else a very good, fresh, untrimmed copy
Book No.:
W-76358
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trusts and estates
Author:
Cooper, Thomas
Title:
Tracts on Medical Jurisprudence. Including Farr's Elements of Medical Jurisprudence [and three other works], A Digest of the Law Relating to Insanity and Nuisance . . . To Which Is Added . . . Erskine's Speech for James Hadfield [etc.]. Cohen 8761
Publisher:
Published by James Webster, No. 24, South Eighth Street [etc.], Philadelphia, 1819.
Description:
Only edition of Cooper's pioneering work, the first on forensic medicine published in this country, reprinting several important English and continental works (Farr, Dease, Male and Haslam) and adding his own notes and a digest of insanity law
Condition:
Contemporary tree calf, rubbed, rebacked with contrasting crimson and black morocco labels, gilt, considerable foxing and browning; a usable copy
Book No.:
W-76234
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Medical Jurisprudence
Author:
Lambarde, William
Title:
Archaionomia, Sive De Priscis Anglorum Legibus libri, Sermone Anglico, vetustate Antiquissimo, aliquot ab hinc seculis conscripti, Nunc demum, magno Jurisperitorum, & amantium Antiquitatis omnium commodo, etenebris in lucem vocati. Wing A3605. Folio
Publisher:
Ex Officina Rogeri Daniel, celeberrimae Academiae [etc.], Cantabrigiae, 1644.
Description:
Lambarde's first work, and only the second printed in Old English with Anglo-Saxon type, first published in 1568, in the words of Felix Liebermann crediting Lambarde as "a pioneer in an unknown land", as he translated the Anglo-Saxon laws into Latin
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, the joints cracking but firm, a good copy; with a bifolium laid in discussing degrees of honor and titles; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77956
Price:
$ 1400.00
Category:
Anglo-Saxon law, Acts
Author:
Title:
The Laws and Constitutions of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen, Rowing on the River of Thames, betwixt Gravesend in the County of Kent, and Windsor in the County of Berks
Publisher:
No publisher stated, London?, 1742.
Description:
The rare sole printing of the laws and governing documents of the Company (including penalties for their breach), established by Act of Parliament in 1555 and still in existence, governing safe navigation on the Thames; one copy in ESTC, none in OCLC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over cloth boards, the spine gilt lettered and blind ruled, well preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79499
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
London
Author:
Caesar, Julius
Title:
The Ancient State, Authoritie, and Proceedings of the Court of Requests. 2. Octob. 1596. S.T.C. 4341. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by the deputies of C. Barker, London, 1597.
Description:
Only edition of the principal work of the most prominent civil lawyer of his generation, his "learned historical essay" (in Sir John Baker's words), part of the long struggle between the common lawyers, Coke first among them, and the civilians
Condition:
Modern calf, some staining mainly to the upper margin, cut somewhat close, catchwords occasionally affected (legibility maintained); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78873
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY
Author:
Staunford, William
Title:
Les Plees del Coron, diuisees in plusiors titles & common lieux. Per queux home plus redement & plenairement, trouera quelque chose queil quira, touchaunt les ditz plees composees lan du grace, 1557. S.T.C. 23219; Beale T485. Quarto
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1557.
Description:
First edition (of six) of the first treatise on English criminal law, culminating a century-long movement centered in the Inns of Court, a work which, in Dr. Baker's words, "may well have become an assize judge's vade mecum"
Condition:
Early blind panelled calf, rebacked, rubbed, new endpapers, a trace of worming, clean with good margins, once Phil Cohen's copy, now the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78997
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
criminal law
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:
Title:
De Termino Michaelis Anno primo Edwardi Quarti [through] De Termino Hillarii Anno xxii Edwardi Quarti]. S.T.C. 9778, 9783.5, 9789, 9795, 9802, 9808, 9818, 9824.5, 9831, 9835.5, 9844, 9850, 9855, 9860, 9864.5, 9870, 9875.5, 9882, 9887.5 and 9894. Folio
Publisher:
Richard Tottel [imprints vary], London, 1566-84.
Description:
A complete collection of individually printed year books for the entire reign of Edward IV [1461-83], disclosing the richness and extent of their 16th century printing by Richard Tottel; with the printed table from S.T.C. 9769 bound in at the end
Condition:
Early calf, rubbed, notations throughout, a touch of marginal worming, else a very good copy, with the signature of Edmund Pollexfen; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78162
Price:
$ 10000.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Beck, Theodric Romeyn
Title:
Elements of Medical Jurisprudence. Second Edition, with Notes, and an Appendix of Original Cases and the Latest Discoveries. By William Dunlop
Publisher:
Printed for John Anderson, Medical Bookseller [etc.], London, 1825.
Description:
The first English edition of Beck's most important work, "the first authoritative book on medical jurisprudence published in the United States", reaching a twelfth edition later in the century--"remarkably comprehensive [and] clearly . . . written"
Condition:
?Contemporary boards, an early rebacking in morocco, quite rubbed, but a usable copy
Book No.:
W-76253
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Medical Jurisprudence
Author:
Weskett, John
Title:
A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws, and Practice of Insurance; Compiled from the best Authorities in different Languages . . . With a Preliminary Discourse; Wherein are delineated the very great Disorders which prevail in Affairs of Insurance [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for Elizabeth Lynch . . . in the Four Courts, Dublin, 1783.
Description:
Only Irish edition of Weskett's comprehensive work, arranged as a digest and, in Holdsworth's words , providing "in an accessible form the information legal or otherwise which they [merchants] needed", all prompted by Weskett's view of needed reforms
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the spine gilt decorated, lightly rubbed, the joints just cracking but very firm, quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79488
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
insurance law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex, Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the Authorities of Law. Compare Eller 231 [citing an unseen variant of 48 pages, our copy the 44 page printing]; Laeuchli 539 [this variant]
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand, London, 1769.
Description:
Part of the Wilkes controversy, invoking the common law as the source of the House of Common's power to expel a member, the "substantial work [which] has been credited to Jeremiah Dyson [and] Blackstone", its author now thought to be Owen Ruffhead
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, light browning, the margins cut somewhat close (no text affected), without the half title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78792
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
De Termino Michaelis Anno regni Regis Henrici sexti primo [through] De Termino Trinitatis Anno Regni Regis Henrici sexti vicesimo [and] Addicions [1422-1442]. S.T.C. 9622, 9629, 9635, 9640, 9646, 9655, 9662, 9667, 9672, 9679, 9684, 9689, and 9695. Folio
Publisher:
Richard Tottel [imprints vary], London, 1567-82.
Description:
A rare, complete run of separately printed year books, one for each of the years of the first half [years 1 to 20] of the reign of Henry VI for which reported cases survive, thirteen in number, gathered here in one physical volume
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled calf, centered lozenges, rebacked, signature of William Humphreys, annotations throughout, well-preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78081
Price:
$ 8500.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Leach, John
Title:
The Speech of John Leach, Esq. M.P. In the Committee of the Whole House, upon the State of the Nation . . . upon the Question of Limitations to the Royal Authority in the Hands of the Regent. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Ridgway, 170, Piccadilly [etc.], London, 1811.
Description:
The rare edition of the historically grounded speech in which, following the madness of George III, Leach "distinguished himself in the Regency debates", reviewing from the 14th century forward the constitutional limits to be imposed upon a regency
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, occasional light marginal staining, else a very good copy, with the half-title; no copy in this country in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76397
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
insanity, Parliament, English constitutional law
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:
Bacon, Nathaniel
Title:
An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England, From the First Times to the End of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. With A Vindication of the Antient Way of Parliaments . . . from some Manuscript Notes of John Selden. Wing S2428
Publisher:
Printed for John Starkey [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The work establishing the reputation of Bacon, the half-brother of Francis Bacon, probably based on notes collected by John Selden, highly influential and "argu[ing] with unrelenting force an anti-royalist ideology of enormous political power"
Condition:
Contemporary speckled, panelled calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed and scraped and some browning, mainly lightish, else a very good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-77069
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Mortimer, Thomas
Title:
Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances; Intended as a Companion to Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England; And peculiarly calculated to qualify Young Noblemen and Gentlemen for . . . Parliamentary Business. Not in Eller
Publisher:
Printed by A. Strahan . . . for T.N. Longman and G. Rees [etc.], London, 1801.
Description:
Only edition of Mortimer's wide-ranging lectures, expressly dependent on Blackstone ("the many editions of that excellent work"), as well as John Selden and Lord Somers, and a host of continental writers, including Montesquieu and Pufendorf
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some lightish foxing and browning, else a very good copy; with a ?supplied frontispiece portrait not noted in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76718
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Commercial Law, English Law, Parliament
Author:
Title:
De Termino Michaelis [to Trinitatis] Anno xv E.iiii [1475]. S.T.C. 9852; Beale R321
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . by me Robert Redman at syne of the George [etc.], London, 1526.
Description:
The Redman printing, conjecturally the first printing of this year book, preceding that of Richard Pynson by a year, of considerable rarity, this one of two copies ("Private Collections") recorded in ESTC, the other at the British Library
Condition:
Modern vellum backed marbled boards, slightly dusty, else well-margined, lacking the last six leaves [xxvii-xxxii]; the Taussig and Hetherington copy
Book No.:
W-78250
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Lovelass, Peter
Title:
The Law's Disposal of a Person's Estate Who Dies Without Will or Testament . . . To Which Is Added The Disposal of a Person's Estate, By Will and Testament; Containing An Explanation of the Mortmain-Act [etc.]. The Seventh Edition, with large Additions
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, and sold by Whieldon [and others] [etc.], London, 1792.
Description:
An early edition of a work becoming the most popular of its kind for over a half-century, very accessible--"a good straightforward account"--expanded from its initial purpose (treating only of intestacy) to those with the foresight to draw wills
Condition:
Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, the joints just cracking, but quite firm, a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76219
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Title:
The Triumphs of Justice over Unjust Judges: Exhibiting . . . III. The Crimes of Empson and Dudley . . . IV. The Proceedings of the Ship money Judges . . . To which is added VI. The Judges Oath, and some Observations thereupon [etc.]. Wing T2297. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Benjamin Harris, at the Stationers Arms [etc.], London, 1681.
Description:
First edition of a populist tract of the first rank, recounting with approval the executions of oppressive judges and praising upright judges and juries (including Sir Matthew Hale and the jury acquitting Penn and Mead) and habeas corpus
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, quite browned, 36 pages, now preserved in a modern buckram folding case, its label gilt lettered; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79631
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, legal reform, juries, habeas corpus
Author:
Title:
The Tryal of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Before the Peers in Westminster-Hall, on Thursday the 4th of April 1678. Wing T2209. Folio
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1679.
Description:
A fine example of the peculiarities of English law, the Earl, indicted for murder, claiming his right to be tried by his peers in the House of Lords, is there convicted of manslaughter only, and so invokes his privilege of peerage and is discharged
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, re-sewn and repaired, ink squiggles, notations and markings on the title, else a good clean copy; no copy in a law library in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76192
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
trials, House of Lords, criminal law
Author:
Title:
A Catalogue of the Law Library of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Second Edition. Cohen 1814
Publisher:
Folsom, Wells, and Thurston, Printers to the University, Cambridge, 1841.
Description:
The copy of the much expanded catalogue of the Harvard Law School Library once that of William Wetmore Story, marking its growth under his father, Joseph Story, and Simon Greenleaf, with Story's bookplate ("William W Story") on the front pastedown
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over the original marbled boards, a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76392
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
libraries, Bibliography
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:
Oke, George C.
Title:
The Magisterial Synopsis: A Practical Guide for Magistrates, Their Clerks, and Attornies, In All Matters out of Quarter Sessions; Containing Summary Convictions and Indictable Offences, with Their Penalties, Punishments, Procedure [etc.]. Fifth Edition
Publisher:
Butterworths, 7, Fleet Street, Law Publishers [etc.], London, 1857.
Description:
A rare edition of one of two works of Oke "which proved to be the most enduring", preserving his original and highly useful tabular feature stating the offense, its statutory origin, possible penalties and the right of appeal, if any, and much else
Condition:
Contemporary calf, marbled edges, endpapers, and pastedowns, a bit rubbed, but quite attractive; two copies in OCLC, neither in North America
Book No.:
W-75987
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
justices of peace, criminal law
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:
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:
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:
Title:
An Ordinance For Adjourning part of Easter Term. 1654. Whereas many abuses and corruptions are crept into the ordinary course and administration of Justice, both in Law and Equity . . . Saturday April 8, 1654 [etc.]. Wing C7127; Steele I, 3031
Publisher:
Printed by William du-Gard, and Henry Hills [etc.], London, 1654.
Description:
The ordinance launching Cromwell's effort to reform the courts, "one of the two innovative accomplishments of the protectorate", leading to the 1654 Chancery Ordinance (drafted by William Sheppard), reforms not fully realized until the 19th century
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 8x14 inches, left margin partly trimmed (no text affected), the imprint faint, light browning, sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79520
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
courts, legal reform, English Commonwealth, Broadside
Author:
Title:
The Law of Corporations: Containing the Laws and Customs of All the Corporations . . . in England. Treating Of the Essentials of, and Incidents to, A Corporation . . . Together with the Stiles and Titles of most Corporations in England [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1702.
Description:
Only edition of the first extensive work on the law of corporations, written on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, with portions of the work evidencing the considerable, even central role corporations were to play commercially later in the century
Condition:
Contemporary blind tooled calf, somewhat rubbed, neatly rebacked, the original label laid down, quite clean, with the half title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79490
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
corporations
Author:
Coote, Richard Holmes
Title:
A Treatise on the Law of Mortgage [with] A Treatise on the Law of Mortgage, Part the Second; with Precedents and Indexes
Publisher:
Printed for Joseph Butterworth and Son, Law Booksellers [etc.], London, 1821-23.
Description:
First edition of the earlier of two pre-eminent 19th century treatises on the law of mortgage, undertaken by a Lincoln's Inn barrister and praised by Holdsworth (the "standard work"), and published for over a century, reaching a ninth edition in 1927
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, early neat occasional underlining and a trace of foxing in the last pages; a very good bright copy
Book No.:
W-75923
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
mortgages
Author:
Gilbert, Geoffrey
Title:
The History and Practice of the High Court of Chancery. In which is introduced, An Account of the Institution and various Regulations of the said Court; Shewing likewise, The ancient and present Practice thereof in an easy and familiar Method [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for J. Worrall [etc.], London, 1758.
Description:
First London edition of the work which Holdsworth singled out (along with John Mitford's) as "distinctly superior [and of] a greater importance in the eighteenth-century literature of equity", with much on equity's substance and on proposed reforms
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite clean and with ample margins and the advertising leaf preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78799
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Cooke, Sir George
Title:
Rules, Orders and Notices in the Court of King's Bench, From the Second of King James I to Trinity Term the Twenty-first of King George II 1747 [with] Rules, Orders and Notices, In the Court of Common Pleas . . . From the Thirty-fifth of King Henry VI &c
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for J. Stephens [and others], London, 1747.
Description:
Second (and final) editions of seemingly the most extensive treatment of the rules and orders of the Royal courts, including their history and current application, prepared by the Middle Temple bencher and reader; rare, two and seven copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary calf, front joint cracking but quite firm, occasional browning but generally very clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80116
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
courts, Procedure
 
Author:
Niven, John
Title:
Salmon P. Chase, A Biography
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, New York, 1995.
Description:
Called the "first comprehensive biography" of Chase, educated at Dartmouth, Ohio lawyer (and its Senator and Governor), Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury and later Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; with two chapters on his impeachment trial
Condition:
Book No.:
W-59530
Price:
$ 39.95
Category:
19TH CENTURY, biography, Ohio, Supreme Court
 
Author:
Conner, Clifford D.
Title:
Colonel Despard, The Life and Times of an Anglo-Irish Rebel. Foreword by Bernadette Devlin McAliskey
Publisher:
Combined Publishing, Conshohocken, 2000.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-73378
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
trials, IRELAND, 19TH CENTURY
Author:
Hayter, Thomas
Title:
An Essay on the Liberty of the Press, Chiefly as it Respects Personal Slander. The Second Edition. Not in McCoy
Publisher:
Printed for J. Raymond, London, 1755.
Description:
A work "original and startingly libertarian", proposing that freedom of speech (and press) are fundamental aspects of man's capacities and thus reserved natural and constitutional rights predating civilization's social compact
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, a very clean crisp copy; without the half-title
Book No.:
W-74711
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
18TH CENTURY, criminal law, freedom of press, libel and slander
 
Author:
Stretton, Tim
Title:
Women Waging Law in Elizabethan England
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1998.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-64409
Price:
$ 59.95
Category:
16TH CENTURY, women's law
 
Author:
Korshin, Paul J. (ed.)
Title:
Studies in Change and Revolution, Aspects of English Intellectual History 1640-1800
Publisher:
Scolar Press, Menston, 1972.
Description:
Includes B.J. Rahn's "A Ra-Ree Show -- A Rare Cartoon: Revolutionary Propaganda in the Treason Trial of Stephen College"
Condition:
Sewn wraps, quite sound; 282 pages
Book No.:
W-68297
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
trials, 17TH CENTURY
Author:
Title:
Law Books 1876-1981 Books and Serials on Law and Its Related Subjects
Publisher:
R.R. Bowker Company, New York, 1981.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-50456
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
 
Author:
Collison, Gary
Title:
Shadrach Minkins, From Fugitive Slave to Citizen
Publisher:
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1997.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-60173
Price:
$ 27.95
Category:
law of slavery, trials, 19TH CENTURY
Author:
Title:
A Tribute to Justice Thurgood Marshall
Publisher:
Harvard Blackletter Journal, Cambridge, 1989.
Description:
Twelve articles, including those by Constance Baker Motley, Derrick Bell, Randall Kennedy and Martha Minow, and Charles J. Ogletree, inter alia, with a reproduction of the fine art linoleum print portrait of Justice Marshall; one copy in OCLC
Condition:
Original printed wraps, a very good copy, Volume 6, the Spring issue; 143 pages
Book No.:
W-80137
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
Supreme Court, biography
Author:
Saint Germain, Christopher
Title:
The Dialogue in English, betweene a Doctor of Divinitie, and a Student in the Lawes of England. Newly corrected and Imprinted with new Additions. S.T.C. 21582.5
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignes of John More, Esquire, London, 1638.
Description:
An early 17th century edition of the first classic of English equity and the first work on legal philosophy and natural law written in England, "a brilliant, comprehensive and intellectually satisfying attempt to construct a systematic theory of law"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, later label, the spine quite rubbed with three small holes, a fourth small hole in one leaf, ex Gloddaeth Library; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80120
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity, 16TH CENTURY, philosophy of law, natural law
 
Author:
Melton, Buckner F.
Title:
The First Impeachment: The Constitution's Framers and the Case of Senator William Blount
Publisher:
Mercer University Press, Macon, 1998.
Description:
Condition:
A very good copy, in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-70123
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
impeachment
 
Author:
Comfort, W.W. (trans.)
Title:
The Clermont Assizes of 1665, A Merry Account of a Grim Court. Being a Translation of Abbe Flechier's Memoires sur les Grands Jours d'Auvergne
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1937.
Description:
Condition:
Ex-library, yet a sound copy
Book No.:
W-70391
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
FRANCE, 17TH CENTURY, trials
Author:
Somner, William
Title:
A Treatise of Gavelkind, Both Name and Thing. Shewing The True Etymologie and Derivation of the One, the Nature, Antiquity, and Original of the Other. With sundry emergent Observations . . . [on] the Common Law of this Kingdome [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for F. Gyles [and three others] [etc.], London, 1726.
Description:
Best edition of the treatise which Holdsworth calls Somner's "most important work [on] the antiquities of our legal history", the first ever published on gavelkind, the Kentish custom pre-dating the Conquest, differing greatly from the common law
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, rebacked, tears to two margins repaired (one sidenote affected, but legible), a few light pencil annotations; a clean copy
Book No.:
W-74799
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
gavelkind
Author:
Gilbert, Geoffrey
Title:
A Treatise on The Court of Exchequer: in Which The Revenues of the Crown . . . are clearly explained: as also . . . the Nature of the feudal and other antient Tenures; the Origin of Parliaments, Convocations, the several Courts of Justice [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for J. Nourse [etc.], London, 1758.
Description:
The much expanded edition of Gilbert's sole treatise examining the history of the Court which he served as Chief Baron, one of several works which together "anticipated the method of Sir William Blackstone's Commentaries . . . by fifty years"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, crimson morocco label, gilt decorated and lettered, very light browning, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80118
Price:
$ 325.00
Category:
courts, taxation
 
Author:
Thomas, Dorothy (ed.)
Title:
Women Lawyers in the United States
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press, New York, 1957.
Description:
Condition:
Original crimson cloth, somewhat worn, but a usable copy
Book No.:
W-60876
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
women's law, biography
 
Author:
Staves, Susan
Title:
Married Women's Separate Property in England, 1660-1883
Publisher:
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1990.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-50182
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
18TH CENTURY, marriage, women's law
 
Author:
Marshall, P.J.
Title:
The Impeachment of Warren Hastings
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, New York, 1965.
Description:
Condition:
Several ex-library markings, else a good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-68473
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, 18TH CENTURY, impeachment
 
Author:
Posner, Richard A.
Title:
An Affair of State, The Investigation, Impeachment, and Trial of President Clinton
Publisher:
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1999.
Description:
Presentation copy to Philip Elman, for whom Judge Posner was an assistant following his graduation from Harvard Law and clerkship with Justice Brennan "8/13/99 / For Phil / in gratitude / & with / great / respect & / affection / Dick"
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy, in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-69704
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
impeachment, the Presidency, criminal law, constitutional law, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Johnson, John
Title:
The Clergy-Man's Vade Mecum: Or, an Account of the Antient and Present Church of England; the Duties and Rights of the Clergy' and of Their Privileges and Hardships . . . which they commonly meet with in the Discharge of their Office. ESTC T118660. 12mo
Publisher:
Printed for John Nicholson [and two others], London, 1706.
Description:
First edition of by far the most popular work of Johnson, the "able theological writer", appearing in at least ten separate printings over a quarter century, with his works generally influential well into the 19th century, especially among non-jurors
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered panelled calf, rubbed, the joints cracking but quite firm, early signature of W. Clarke, clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80122
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Religion
 
Author:
Collie, Michael
Title:
George Borrow, A Bibliographical Study
Publisher:
St Paul's Bibliographies, Winchester, 1984.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-46849
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
19TH CENTURY, Bibliography, trials
 
Author:
Sullivan, Kathleen S.
Title:
Constitutional Context, Women and Rights Discourse in Nineteenth-Century America
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2007.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-75353
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
women's law, 19TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Todd, Janet and Elizabeth Spearing (eds.)
Title:
Counterfeit Ladies, The Life and Death of Mal Cutpurse, The Case of Mary Carleton
Publisher:
New York University Press, New York, 1994.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-57713
Price:
$ 58.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, criminal law, women's law
Author:
Title:
Placita Generalia & Specialia. In an Exact Collection Of the most Usefull and Necessary Presidents of Declarations, Plaints, Demurrers, Pleas in Barr, Abatement and Disability, Issues, Verdicts, Judgments by Confession, and after Verdict [&c]. Wing P2334
Publisher:
Printed for Charles Harper, and John Amery [etc.], London, 1674.
Description:
Only edition of a work of considerable breadth, represented as "For Variety of Matter, and number of Titles, not any Collection of this Kind and Volum ever contained so much", arranged alphabetically and found in Jefferson's Library [Sowerby 1904]
Condition:
Contemporary calf, somewhat marked, neatly rebacked, crimson morocco label, tear to the margin of one leaf, else clean and sturdy; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80119
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Fore Edge Paintings, Forms & Form Books, pleading
 
Author:
Cooper, George
Title:
Lost Love, A True Story of Passion, Murder and Justice in Old New York
Publisher:
Pantheon Books, New York, 1994.
Description:
Condition:
A very good copy, in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-58789
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
19TH CENTURY, trials, New York, divorce
Author:
Marcus, Maeva et al (eds.)
Title:
The Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1800. Eight Volumes in Nine [complete]
Publisher:
Columbia University Press, New York, 1985-2007.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good set in the dustjackets
Book No.:
W-10766
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Supreme Court, 18TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Stenton, Doris Mary
Title:
The English Woman in History
Publisher:
George Allen and Unwin, London, 1957.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-41075
Price:
$ 50.00
Category:
women's law
Author:
Title:
Assault on Liberty: The Record of the Reagan-Bush Courts
Publisher:
People For the American Way, Washington DC, 1992.
Description:
The report finding a major erosion of fundamental rights in this country through the judicial appointments of Presidents Reagan and the senior Bush, with the emphasis on privacy, discrimination, and the freedoms of expression and religion
Condition:
Original spiral bound oversized printed, illustrated wraps, a very good copy, 278 pages, including four appendices; no print copy in OCLC
Book No.:
W-80141
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
constitutional law, privacy, Discrimination, freedom of speech, freedom of religion
 
Author:
Title:
Santiago Sandoval, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Gerado Acevedo, Warden of East Moline Correctional Center, Respondent-Appellee
Publisher:
Midwest Law Printing Co., Chicago, 1994.
Description:
Rape conviction upheld where rape-shield law invoked to prevent impeaching testimony that rape victim had enjoyed anal intercourse with another man, given judge's cautionary instructions absent which shield law might have been cirmvented
Condition:
Stapled self wraps; 11 pages
Book No.:
W-48686
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
criminal law, Sexuality
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
Publisher:
At London printed by William Iones, London, 1617.
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 names of over 300 tenants; one copy in ESTC in North America
Condition:
Contemporary gilt bordered calf, rebacked, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, definite browning, two leaves skilfully repaired; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80115
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
copyright, London, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Title:
His Maiesties Commission to all the Lords . . . touching the Creation of Baronets . . . And His Maiesties Letters Patents containing the forme of the said Creation [with] Three Patents Concerning the Honorable Degree . . . of Baronets. S.T.C. 9225 & 9238
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [both works], London, 1611 & 1617.
Description:
The initial creation by James I of what has become the modern baronetage, the hereditary dignity between barons and knights, bound with his later effort to resolve matters of precedence, with somewhat more than 1200 baronetcies now extant
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, some staining to the second work, with both signature "A" blanks C3 a half sheet; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80131
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
law of heraldry
Author:
Astry, James
Title:
A General Charge to All Grand Juries, with Advice to those of Life and Death, Nisi Prius, &c. Collected and Publish'd For the ease of Justices of the Peace . . . To which is Prefix'd, A Discourse of the Antiquity, Power and Duty of Juries [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for W. Turner . . . and Thomas Emery [etc.], London, 1703.
Description:
First edition of Astry's uncommon charge and his only work, devoted exclusively to criminal law and the role of the jury, his exposition on the jury followed by what is essentially an elementary treatise on crime, from high treason to misdemeanors
Condition:
Original unlettered sheep, the spine chipped and strengthened with tape, a clean working copy, with the bookplate of Harold Hemsley; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79542
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
justices of peace, criminal law, juries, Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Style, William
Title:
Narrationes Modernae, Or Modern Reports Begun in the now Upper Bench Court at Westminster, in the beginning of Hillary term 21 Caroli, and continuined to the end of Michaelmas term 1655, as well on the Criminall, as on the Pleas side [etc.]. Wing S6099
Publisher:
Printed by F.L. [Francis Leach] for W. Lee [and others], London, 1658.
Description:
The only edition of Style's reports, one of the few devoted to the Interregnum and (in John Baker's words) "unusual in that they were prepared for the press by the author", serving as a companion to and foundation for Style's "Practical Register"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, quite rubbed, the top of both boards with one to two inch scorch marks, marginal notes on many pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80019
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
reports of cases, Interregnum, criminal law
Author:
Nowell, Alexander and William Day
Title:
A True report of the Disputation or rather priuate Conference had in the Tower of London, with Ed. Campion Iesuite, the last of August 1581. Set downe by the Reuerend learned men them selues that dealt therein [etc.]. S.T.C. 18744. Quarto
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1583.
Description:
The record, prepared by two Anglican bishops, of the four day examination of Campion, the Jesuit martyr tortured, tried, and executed, cast in a form resembling a trial transcript designed to capture the religious debate as it actually occurred
Condition:
Early calf, rebacked, a bit rubbed, light browning, very occasional staining, light pencilling, with the errata and the colophon leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78647
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Religion
Author:
Hallifax, Samuel
Title:
An Analysis of the Civil Law, In Which a Comparison Is Occasionally Made between the Roman Laws and Those of England. A New Edition . . . Being the Heads of a Course of Lectures Publicly Read in the University of Cambridge by John William Geldart [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by . . . John Smith, Printer to the University [etc.], Cambridge, 1836.
Description:
The foremost 18th century lectures on Roman law delivered in England in the edition prepared by James Geldhart, one of Hallifax's successors as Regius Professor of Civil Law at Cambridge, and influential upon Sir Henry Maine, Geldart's successor
Condition:
Original green embossed cloth, gilt, the spine somewhat faded and a bit crinkled, its bottom just snagged, yet a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-75217
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
roman law
Author:
Plowden, Francis
Title:
A Treatise upon the Law of Usury and Annuities
Publisher:
Printed for J. Butterworth, Fleet-Street, London, 1797.
Description:
Only edition of a work Holdsworth calls a "very good book", critical of "the ingenious Mr. Bentham", Plowden noting that annuities had been used to evade usury laws, with his complementary analysis of stock transactions for time and stock jobbing
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, quite scuffed, the original label laid down, else quite clean and bright with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79496
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
law of usury, Law and the stockmarket
Author:
Eden, William
Title:
Principles of Penal Law
Publisher:
Printed for B. White, in Fleet-Street; and T. Cadell [etc.], London, 1771.
Description:
First edition of a seminal work, "[the] first . . . to review English criminal law at once critically and comprehensively", in Holdsworth's words, and a pioneering precursor of the efforts of both Bentham and Romilly to reform English criminal law
Condition:
Modern 3/4 speckled calf over marbled boards, gilt ruled and lettered, especially clean and well preserved, with the errata leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79502
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
By the King. A Proclamation declaring His Maiesties Royall Grace and Pleasure, to confirme to His Subiects their defectiue Estates in their Lands and Possessions, by His Commission lately renewed and enlarged to that purpose. S.T.C. 9043; cf. Steele 1703
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1635.
Description:
A rare printing of the final effort by Charles I, seemingly related to the Shipmoney crisis and the need for royal revenue, establishing a commission which, for fees paid, would cure defective titles; four copies in ESTC, none in North America
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 11x14 inches, browned, the bottom margin defective with loss to the imprint, else complete; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79503
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Real Property, English constitutional law
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A True State of the Case of Bosavern Penlez, Who suffered on Account of the late Riot in the Strand. In Which The Law regarding these Offences, and the Statute of George the First, commonly called the Riot Act, are fully considered
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, opposite Katherine-street in the Strand, London, 1749.
Description:
First edition of Fielding's controversial work, arguing that the unfortunate Penlez, probably drunk, was rightfully hanged following his theft of linen from a brothel, itself ransacked by irate sailors; with the press marks confirming a first edition
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, "Grange Hill" in gilt on the front board, gilt edges, pretty; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78201
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
19TH CENTURY, Acts, ancient law, Bench and Bar, biography, criminal law, education, legal ephemera, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, law and prostitution, roman law, Supreme Court, trials, women's law
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:
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:
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:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
La Novvelle Natura breuium du Iudge tresreuerende Monsieur Anthonie Fitzherbert, denierement renue & corrige per laucteur, auecques vn Table perfecte des chose notables contenus en ycell . . . per Guiliaulme Rastell [etc.]. Beale T347; S.T.C. 10961.4
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1576.
Description:
An early edition (the fifth issuance to appear) of Fitzherbert's classic treatment of the writ system, the heart of English law, praised by Coke and Hale (who prepared his own edition) and oft-cited by Maitland; with Rastell's table of contents
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, centered lozenges, remains of ties, bookplate of Fitzherbert Brockholes, especially attractive; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78802
Price:
$ 1850.00
Category:
Procedure
Author:
Title:
De Termino Trinitatis Anno regni regis Henrici octaui XII [to De Termino Pasche. Anno regni regis Henrici octaui. XIIII] [1520-1523]. Beale R425; S.T.C. 9941
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Rychard Tottel [colophon], London, 1569.
Description:
The earliest year-book reports of the reign of Henry VIII to be printed, here in a mid-century Tottel edition, in John Baker's words "precursors of Plowden [and] stand[ing] apart from the other Tudor year books by reason of their fullness"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 speckled calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered, a very good crisp copy; with the final blank
Book No.:
W-74818
Price:
$ 1600.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Robinson, William
Title:
The Magistrate's Pocket-Book; Or, an Epitome of the Duties and Practice of a Justice of the Peace, Out of Sessions
Publisher:
Printed for Charles Hunter, Law Bookseller . . . Lincoln's Inn, London, 1825.
Description:
First edition of the most successful work of a notable Middle Temple barrister, arranged alphabetically and of sufficient merit to lead to an edition subsequently undertaken by John Frederic Archbold titled "Dr. Robinson's Magistrate's Pocket-Book"
Condition:
Modern brown cloth, gilt-lettered, a bit dusty and a number of early annotations; a good untrimmed copy
Book No.:
W-76364
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
justices of peace
Author:
Oke, George C.
Title:
The Magisterial Formulist: Being a Complete Collection of Forms and Precedents for Practical Use in All Matters Out of Quarter Sessions; Adapted to . . . Jervis's Acts . . . With an Introduction, Explanatory Directions, Variations, and Notes [etc.]
Publisher:
Henry Butterworth, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1850.
Description:
The uncommon first edition of Oke's treatise, to go through twenty editions over more than a century, treating the Jervis Acts' major revisions of criminal procedure, significantly expanding the summary powers of justices; 2 copies in OCLC in the USA
Condition:
Contemporary calf, a bit rubbed, the rear joint cracking and a portion of the spine excised, else a clean, usable copy
Book No.:
W-76651
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
criminal law, Procedure, justices of peace
Author:
Austin, John
Title:
The Province of Jurisprudence Determined
Publisher:
John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, 1832.
Description:
First edition of Austin's first major work, of pervasive impact on Anglo-American law over much of the last two centuries, one which, in the words of H.L.A. Hart (who edited the 'Province' in 1954), "established the study of jurisprudence in England"
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, a trifle rubbed, neatly rebacked, all edges marbled, crimson morocco label, gilt, well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-76222
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
philosophy of law
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:
Fisher, William Richard
Title:
The Law of Mortgage, As Applied to the Redemption, Foreclosure and Sale in Equity of Incumbered Property; With the Law of The Priority of Encumbrancers
Publisher:
Butterworths, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1856.
Description:
First edition of one of two pre-eminent 19th century treatises on the law of mortgage, undertaken by a Lincoln's Inn barrister and cited approvingly by Holdsworth, still in print (as "Fisher and Lightwood"), reaching a 13th edition in 2010
Condition:
Original pebbled cloth, rubbed and somewhat marked and lightly strained, largely uncut, a few ink markings; a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76075
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Real Property, mortgages
Author:
Marvin, J.G.
Title:
Legal Bibliography, or a Thesaurus of American, English, Irish, and Scotch Law Books, Together With Some Continental Treatises. Interspersed with Critical Observations Upon Their Various Editions and Authority [etc.]. Cohen 1794
Publisher:
T. & J.W. Johnson, Law Booksellers, No. 197 Chesnut Street, Philadelphia, 1847.
Description:
Only edition of the first American work of legal bibliography, for many decades "the most comprehensive work of its kind ever published in the English language", with over 5,000 entries, arranged by author with an elaborate subject matter index
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, lightly faded, private ownership stamps on the title, else a very good, clean copy
Book No.:
W-77085
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Bibliography

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