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Title:
A Declaration of His Maiesties Royall pleasure, in what sort He thinketh fit to enlarge, Or reserue Himselfe in matter of Bountie [The "Book of Bounty"]. S.T.C. 9223.2 [the 'Cure' variant]. Quarto
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker, Printer to the King [etc.], London, 1610.
Description:
First edition of James's famed 'Book of Bounty', anticipating the seminal Statute of Monopolies of 1624 and its "foundation of the patent law of the present day", preserving the rights of inventors but otherwise greatly restricting Royal prerogative
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, light browning, else very clean and crisp, with the first blank signature "A"; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79708
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Author:
Hutton, Richard
Title:
The Third Part Of the Young Clerks Guide: Or, a further Collection of Choice English Presidents For Indentures of Settlement, of Exchange, of Bargains and Sales . . . Declarations of Trust, Assignments . . . and sundry others of the newest form. Wing H3847
Publisher:
Printed for Humphrey Tuckey at the black spread Eagle [etc.], London, 1659.
Description:
The rare first edition variant of the penultimate part 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 1691; one copy in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, neatly repaired, title and next leaf chipped (no text affected), some notations, clean and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79711
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Strickland, Stephen Parks (ed.)
Title:
Hugo Black and the Supreme Court, A Symposium. With a foreword by Charles L. Black
Publisher:
The Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc., Indianapolis, 1967.
Description:
A dual presentation copy--"To Fred Gale / The best interviewer I've / ever encounted, with thanks / and knd regards / Steve Strickland / August 11, 1977" [and] signed on the dedication page "from Tamara", Steve Strickland's wife, the work's dedicatee
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in a slightly worn, faded, and chipped dustjacket
Book No.:
W-79773
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Supreme Court, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Title:
Iniunctions giuen by the Queenes Maiestie. Anno Dom. 1559. The first yeere of the Raigne of our Soueraign Lady Queene Elizabeth. Cum Priuilegio Regiae Maiestatis. S.T.C. 10110. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by assignment of Robert Barker [per S.T.C.], London, 1600.
Description:
The final early printing of the injunctions issued in July 1559, supplementing the Acts of Supremacy and Uniformity enacted in Elizabeth's first parliament and "complet[ing] the settlement of religion upon which the Church of England is based"
Condition:
19th century brown morocco, a Zaehnsdorf binding, lightly rubbed, extra gilt, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, some browning; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79712
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Fitzherbert, John
Title:
Here begynneth a ryght frutefull matter: and hath to name the boke of Surueyinge & improuementes. S.T.C. 11013; Beale T353a [three copies in ESTC]
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Wyllyam Copland. for Rychard Kele, London, 1550?.
Description:
A rare edition of the first English work on surveying, appearing over most of the 16th century, its scope very broadly defined to include "estate management, cartography, measurement, valuation, urban development, building design and quality control"
Condition:
Modern blind tooled calf, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, title darkened, some staining to leaves 30 to 52, lacking leaves 49 and 51, else sound
Book No.:
W-79710
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
surveying
Author:
Conset, Henry
Title:
The Practice of the Spiritual or Ecclesiastical Courts. To which is added, A Brief Discourse of the Structure and Manner Of forming the Libel or Declaration. Wing C5901
Publisher:
Printed for T. Basset, and are to be sold by Will. Hensman [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
First edition of the first work in English on the practice and procedure of England's church courts, in John Baker's words "a vernacular edition" expanding upon Francis Clarke's treatise (in Latin) published from a corrupt text earlier in the century
Condition:
Early polished calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, lightly rubbed, one lower margin cut away, else clean with the errata; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79713
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Title:
Advice to a Certain Lord High Chancellor, Twelve Judges, 600 Barristers . . . and 30,000 Attornies! . . . Strongly Recommended to All Gentlemen Who Wish to Know the Law; and to All Clients Whose Persons or Fortunes Are in the Power of Lawyers
Publisher:
Printed for P. Byrne, A. Grueber [and six others], Dublin, 1792.
Description:
Only Irish edition of a humorous expose of the chicaneries, sharp practices, and shifty tricks of the law, thinly disguised as "advice", purportedly written by a former chimney sweep and pickpocket turned lawyer after serving time in Newgate
Condition:
Modern black cloth, gilt lettered, some staining, mainly marginal, else clean and usable, with the half title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79707
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
humor, biography, prisons
Author:
Title:
The Young Clerk's Magazine: or English Law-Repository: Containing A Variety of the most useful Precedents of . . . Bonds, Bills, Recognizances . . . Gifts, Grants, Leases . . . To which is added The Doctrine of Fines and Recoveries [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling . . . for C. Hitch &c, London, 1740.
Description:
A rare, early edition of a work published much of the 18th century, providing guidance on conveyancing matters in the largest sense (including marriage contracts, wills, and charterparties) encompassing all public business; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern unlettered 1/4 calf over boards, a trifle strained and with some staining, mainly marginal, else clean with the two plates; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79704
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, Forms & Form Books, conveyancing, marriage, maritime law
Author:
Brook, Robert
Title:
The Reading Of that famous Lawyer Sr. Robert Brook Kt. Upon the Statute of Limitations, 32.H.8. Cap.2. Wing B4897. Sowerby 2012 [Jefferson's copy imperfect]
Publisher:
Printed for Hen. Twyford . . . in the Middle-Temple, London, 1647.
Description:
One of the few Inns of Court readings ever printed, of which John Baker locates some two dozen, and the only such upon the important Henrician reform enacting the first statute of limitations (in 1540) enhancing the certainty of title to property
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, light browning, margins of title and a few other leaves chipped, the advertising leaf from ?Callis's Reading pasted in
Book No.:
W-79705
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Readings, Procedure, Real Property
Author:
Wildman (ed.), John
Title:
The Case of the Armie Truly stated, together with the mischiefes and dangers that are imminent, and some sutable remedies. Humbly proposed by the Agents of five Regiments of Horse . . . unto his Excellency, Sir Thomas Fairfax [with his answer]. Wing W2168
Publisher:
Printed in the yeare, 1647, London, 1647.
Description:
Among the most famous of the Leveller tracts, leading to The Agreement of the People and the Putney Debates, with proposals for universal male suffrage, freedom of conscience, and equality before the law, all to be mooted by Charles I's execution
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, light browning, else crisp and clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79701
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
military law, English constitutional law, Radicals
Author:
Title:
The Young Clerk's Magazine: or English Law-Repository: Containing A Variety of the most useful Precedents of . . . Bonds, Bills, Recognizances . . . Gifts, Grants, Leases . . . To which is added The Doctrine of Fines and Recoveries [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling . . . for J. Hodges &c, London, 1740.
Description:
A rare, early edition of a work published much of the 18th century, providing guidance on conveyancing matters in the largest sense (including marriage contracts, wills, and charterparties) encompassing all public business; one copy in ESTC in the UK
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, a bit scraped, the spine rubbed, ?label lacking, else quite clean with good margins and the two plates; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79741
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, Forms & Form Books, conveyancing, marriage, maritime law
Author:
Harrington, James
Title:
The Art of Law-Giving: in III Books. The First Shewing the Foundations . . . of all the kinds of Government. The Second, Shewing the . . . Commonwealths of Israel and of the Jews. The Third, Shewing a Model fitted unto the present State [etc.]. Wing H806
Publisher:
Printed by J.C. for Henry Fletcher, at the three Gilt Cups [etc.], London, 1659.
Description:
The only early edition of the work which J.G.A. Pocock numbered among Harrington's "most ambitious", appearing soon after his 'Oceana' and in part its forceful abridgement, propelling Harrington into "the mainstream of national political argument"
Condition:
Modern blind ruled sheep, black morocco label double gilt ruled and lettered, somewhat rubbed, else clean and with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79703
Price:
$ 1850.00
Category:
jewish law, jurisdiction, political theory
Author:
Noy, William
Title:
A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maxims of the Laws of This Nation [etc.]. The Fourth Edition [with] ?John Doddridge, A Treatise of Particular Estates [with] T.H., Certain Observations Concerning a Deed of Feoffment. Wing N1456
Publisher:
Printed for T. Collins [and four others] [imprints vary], London, 1677.
Description:
An early edition of three works introducing a student to English law, including the most popular of all early works devoted to English legal maxims, an elementary view of real property (doubtfully attributed to John Dodderidge), and a primer on deeds
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled sheep, neatly rebacked, quite clean and bright, with the final two blanks and the first blank Signature A; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79706
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
maxims, conveyancing, Real Property, introductory law
Author:
Zouche, Richard
Title:
Quaestionum Juris Civilis Centuria. In Decem Classes Distributa. Non minus ad Legum Generalium Cognitionem, quam ad studiosorum Exercitationem, accommodata. Wing Z24
Publisher:
Excudebat Gul: Hall, Impensis Thomae Robinson, Oxford, 1659.
Description:
First edition of the last work to be published in the lifetime of Zouche, capping his career as (in Holdsworth's words) "the earliest English writer on Jurisprudence", set in the form of question and response, and introducing the student to law
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, very light browning, else quite clean with good margins and an occasional notation; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79702
Price:
$ 1450.00
Category:
international law, civil law
Author:
Hughes, William
Title:
Hughes's Quaeries. Or, Choice Cases for Moots, Containing Several Points of Law, not Resolved in the Books. Being very Useful for the Students of the Common Lawes [etc.]. Wing H3329. 12mo
Publisher:
Printed for George Dawes, and are to be sold at his Shop [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
Only edition of these mooted cases, continuing a tradition existing before the Inns of Courts were established, setting forth the facts, the issues, and (sometimes tentatively) the conclusions, often reminiscent of 20th century pedagogy
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, browning, margins cut close not affecting the text, a sound copy; without the imprimatur leaf
Book No.:
W-11347
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
education
Author:
Huxley, George
Title:
Second Book of Judgements. In Real, Personal, and Mixt Actions, and upon the Statute . . . Being, The Collection of George Huxley . . . Perused, Transcribed, and somewhat Corrected . . . by George Townesend [etc.]. Wing H3856; Sowerby 1983. 4to
Publisher:
Printed by T.R. and N.T. for George Dawees . . . in Chancery Lane, London, 1674.
Description:
Based principally on Court of Common Pleas entries or judgments, Huxley's collection drawing on those of Richard Brownlow and Richard Moyle, able prothonotaries of the Court, as was Townsend, who prepared it for the press; in Jefferson's library
Condition:
Modern cloth, gilt, quite worn, ex-library, some browning and foxing, yet a crisp, usable copy
Book No.:
W-70718
Price:
$ 425.00
Category:
 
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:
Title:
The Annual Volumes of the Selden Society. Volumes 1 through 129 [together with] Supplementary Series (selected volumes) [together with] Annual Lectures (selected) [together with] related ephemera [detailed listing on request]
Publisher:
Selden Society, London, 1887-2015.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, gilt, varying wear, some volumes ex-library, but overall a good, sound set
Book No.:
W-61134
Price:
$ 7500.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, English Law
Author:
St. John, Oliver
Title:
Mr St-John's Speech to the Lords in the Upperhouse of Parliament: January 7, 1640. Concerning Ship-Money. S.T.C. 21589.3 [variant, with "L. Finches sollici-tation only, &" on E1 and "SPEECH" on the first page of text]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed Anno Domini, 1640 [i.e. 1641] [by Elizabeth Purslowe], London, 1641.
Description:
St. John's ultimately successful argument in one of the great constitutional cases of English legal history, circumscribing the King's prerogative to declare a national emergency (and to tax the country at large) without Parliamentary consent
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the title a bit dusty, else quite clean and bright with occasional contemporary notations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79694
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
Nomination of Simon E. Sobeloff. Report together with Minority Views. Senate Executive Rept. No. 8, 84th Congress 2d Session
Publisher:
Government Printing Office, Washington, 1956.
Description:
The rare Senate report on the nomination of Simon Sobeloff to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, over the objections of James O. Eastland and Olin D. Johnston, given Sobeloff's role, as Solicitor General, in implementing Brown v Board of Education
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a very good copy, 24 pages; four copies in OCLC, none in a law library
Book No.:
W-79740
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
courts, Discrimination, constitutional law
Author:
Montesquieu, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de
Title:
De l'Esprit des Loix. Ou du Rapport que les Loix Doivent Avoir avec la Constitution de Chaque Gouvernement, les Moeurs, le Climat, la Religion, le Commerce, &c. Two Volumes [complete]. Quarto
Publisher:
Chez Barillot, & Fils [Prault], A Geneve [Paris], 1749.
Description:
First pirated edition of Montesquieu's masterpiece, the work which Holmes opined "probably has done as much to remodel the world as any product of the eighteenth century [the reading of which] is one of the last achievements of a studious life"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the original spines laid down, marbled edges and pastedowns, red edges, very fresh, with the errata and half titles
Book No.:
W-79718
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
FRANCE, political theory, philosophy of law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Pleas of the Crown. Or a Brief, but Full Account of Whatsoever can be found Relating to that Subject. By Sir Matthew Hale Knight, late Chief Justice of the Kings Bench. Wing H254
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard Atkyns [etc.], London, 1678.
Description:
First issuance under Hale's name of the precis of his masterpiece published in 1736, the work for which (in Maitland's words) "[n]o man of his age was better . . . equipped for the task [and] none had a wider or deeper knowledge of the materials"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, spine faded and its ends chipped, owner's stamp on title, else very clean, bright and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79693
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Townesend, George
Title:
A Preparative to Pleading. Being A Work intended for the Instruction and Help of Young Clerks of the Court of Common Pleas. The Second Edition. Wing T1982. 8vo
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
Townesend's principal work, with a substantial portion devoted to language, including English words Latinized, English among French, Latin among French, doubtful expressions, exposition of words, and the formality of writing, with authorities cited
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, rebacked, much of the original spine laid back down, light browning, yet clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79695
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
pleading, legal dictionaries, introductory law
Author:
Title:
Reasons Against a Registry for Lands, &c. Shewing briefly, The great Disadvantages, Charges and Inconveniences that may accrue to the whole Nation in general thereby . . . In answer to a late Book Entituled, Reasons for a Registry [etc.]. Wing R466
Publisher:
Printed for C. Wilkinson, and T. Burrel . . . in Fleetstreet, London, 1678.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate, first bruited by Henry VIII, whether to require registration of title or of conveyances (or of neither), not finally resolved in England until the mid-19th century and, comprehensively, the 20th century
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked, rubbed and marked, gilt ruled and lettered, light browning, but quite clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79690
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Real Property, conveyancing, Registration
Author:
Hughes, William
Title:
Hughes's Quaeries. Or, Choice Cases for Moots, Containing Several Points of Law, not Resolved in the Books. Being very Useful for the Students of the Common Lawes [etc.]. Wing H3329. 12mo
Publisher:
Printed for George Dawes, and are to be sold at his Shop [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
Only edition these mooted cases, continuing a tradition existing before the Inns of Courts were established, setting forth the facts, the issues, and (sometimes tentatively) the conclusions, often reminiscent of 20th century pedagogy
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt ruled and lettered, new endpapers, some browning, else clean and usable, with good margins and the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79569
Price:
$ 675.00
Category:
education, Inns of Court
Author:
Lenoble, Jacques and Marc Maesschalck
Title:
Toward a Theory of Governance, The Action of Norms
Publisher:
Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2003.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed boards, as new, still in the publisher's shrinkwrap
Book No.:
W-79249
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
international law, natural law
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
The Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seal, the Privy Seal, the Exchequer Seal, and the Signet. Also of those Grand Officers to whose Custody these Seals are committed. Wing B5263aA
Publisher:
Printed, and are to be sold by Dan. Browne [etc.], London, 1696.
Description:
The rare reissue of one of Brydall's earliest works, reflecting his expertise while secretary to the Master of the Rolls, one of his productive corpus of some three dozen published treatises and another thirty left in manuscript; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Later 1/4 morocco gilt-lettered, untrimmed, with the seven page books printed by Thomas Dring and John Leigh not noted in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79672
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
The Complete Copy-holder; Being A Learned Discourse of the Antiquity and Nature of Manors and Copy-holds, with all things thereto incident. Whereto is added A Supplement By way of Additions to and Amplification of the foregoing Treatise. Wing C4915
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, and Henry Twyford [etc.], London, 1668.
Description:
One of Coke's four major works and the earliest modern work on copyhold, the medieval 'unfree tenure' evolving as a tenure akin to freehold (and in some respects arguably superior to it), this the first edition with the substantial supplement
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, crimson morocco label gilt decorated and lettered, lightly faded, new endpapers, quite clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79670
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Real Property, landlord and tenant, law of copyhold
 
Author:
Schroeder, Theodore
Title:
"Obscene" Literature and Constitutional Law, A Forensic Defense of Freedom of the Press
Publisher:
Privately Printed, for Forensic Uses, New York, 1911.
Description:
Leonard Levy's copy of the magnum opus of Schroeder, who "ventured further than any of his contemporaries in exploring the meaning of . . . freedom of expression"; with Professor Levy's ownership signature ("Leonard W. Levy") on the front blank
Condition:
Original green cloth, worn and taped, yet usable
Book No.:
W-68606
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
freedom of speech, obscenity
Author:
Clark, George
Title:
The Penal Statutes Abridged, and Alphabetically Arranged . . . To Which is Prefixed, A Collection of Maxims and Rules for the proper Exposition of Statutes . . . The Second Edition, with Great Additions . . . By George Wilson, Serjeant at Law. Not in Cowley
Publisher:
Printed for Fielding and Walker [and two others], London, 1777.
Description:
The rare, expanded edition, arranged alphabetically and prefaced by 58 maxims, specifying an offense's nature and penalties (for first and subsequent offenses) and the number of witnesses and magistrates needed for conviction; five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the spine gilt ruled and blind decorated, with a crimson morocco label, gilt, clean and crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79675
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Abridgements, maxims
Author:
Brown, William
Title:
A Compendious and Accurate Treatise of Fines Upon Writs of Covenant; and Recoveries Upon Writs of Entry in the Post. With ample and copious Instructions how to draw, acknowledge and levy the same in all Cases [etc.]. The Third Edition
Publisher:
Rich. and Edw. Atkins for D. Brown, Isaac Cleave and W. Freeman, London, 1693.
Description:
The most popular early work on conveyancing devices dating in part prior to the Conquest, providing judicial authority beyond that obtainable by private deed and anticipating future land and deed registration legislation; rare, three copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, ex-library, title chipped just affecting the ruled boarder, some browning, staining and worming toward's the end; a working copy
Book No.:
W-79666
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
conveyancing, Real Property
Author:
Title:
The Laws Relating to the Highways. Containing I. The several Kinds of Highways . . . II. Of Defaults, &c. and the Statute-Work for Reparation . . . III. The Statutes made and pass'd for Erecting of Turnpikes . . . and also the Laws concering Carriers [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling [for two others], London, 1720.
Description:
A rare work, the second devoted exclusively to the law of highways and the first to treat of turnpike trusts (following their authorization by Parliament after 1711), to do "a great and an essential work for the roads of England"; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, a bit rubbed and somewhat bowed, no pastedowns (as issued), quite unsophisticated and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79682
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
law of highways, Law of Turnpikes, Women Printers
Author:
Tetley, William
Title:
International Conflict of Laws, Common, Civil and Maritime
Publisher:
Blais, Montreal, 1994.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, gilt, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79251
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
international law, conflict of laws, maritime law
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
A Guide for Constables, Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor, Surveyors of the High-ways . . . Toll Takers in Fairs . . . A Treatise Briefly shewing The Extent and Latitude of the several Offices . . . both by Common Law and Statute [etc.]. Sixth Edition
Publisher:
Printed for John Norton, London, 1681.
Description:
A rare edition of Meriton's most popular work, one of a dozen written while a Yorkshire attorney, supplementing and correctomg Lambarde and Sheppard and treating as well of masters of houses of correction and bailiffs of manors; five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, neatly rebacked, gilt ruled and lettered, minor traces of worming, else quite clean and usable; the Taussig copy; Wing M1797
Book No.:
W-79669
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
justices of peace, Religion, law of highways, prisons
Author:
Stone, Louise W. and William Rothwell (eds.)
Title:
Anglo-Norman Dictionary. Fascicles 1-7 [complete]
Publisher:
Modern Humanities Research Association, London, 1977-92.
Description:
The dictionary in preparation for more than sixteen years and the definitive source for the investigation of Law French, highly praised by Dr. Baker, who has termed it "a classic work of reference"
Condition:
Original printed sewn green wraps, a trifle unevenly faded, else a very good set
Book No.:
W-56488
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
legal dictionaries, Law French
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:
Gilbert, Geoffrey
Title:
The Law of Evidence. Fourth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers [for ten others], London, 1777.
Description:
An early edition of the classic early work on the law of evidence, praised by Holdsworth and Wigmore, a truly pioneering treatise which went far to create evidence as a separate field of legal study and to provide it with theoretical underpinnings
Condition:
Contemporary calf, crimson morocco label gilt ruled and lettered, extremely fresh and bright, with the errata and advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79657
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Evidence
Author:
Lambarde?, William]
Title:
The Orders, Proceedings, Punishments, and Priviledges of the Commons House of Parliament in England. Wing E2675. Quarto
Publisher:
No Publisher Stated, London, 1641.
Description:
The tract printed during one of the most momentous years of the English Parliament, likely written by William Lambard based on his own years in an early Elizabethan Parliament, unique for those years and its potential application to the 1641 debates
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt ruled and lettered, well preserved with generous margins and the first blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79685
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, Acts
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
The Statute-Law Common-plac'd: Or, a General Table to the Statutes. Containing The Purport and Effect of all the Acts of Parliament in Force from Magna Charta . . . The Whole Very useful to Counsellors, Attornies [and many others]. Fourth Edition. Cowley 233
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1739.
Description:
Jacob's able digest, much expanded from prior editions, the criticism of which he notes in his preface and to which through this expansion he responds; with his brief introductory essay on statutory construction coupled with his gloss of Magna Carta
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, scuffed, front joint cracked but firm, label lacking, else quite fresh and bright with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79656
Price:
$ 275.00
Category:
Acts, digests, Magna Carta
Author:
Rastell, John
Title:
Les Termes de la Ley: Or, Certaine difficult and obscure Words and Termes of the Common Lawes of this Realme expounded. S.T.C. 20716; Cowley 122
Publisher:
Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Company of Stationers, London, 1624.
Description:
An early seventeenth century edition of the first English law dictionary (and the first English dictionary of any kind), this the first edition to be published under this title; with the Law French and English entries in parallel columns
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked, without the first blank, else quite clean and with the occasional annotation; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79667
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
legal dictionaries
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
Land-Lords Law . . . Being A Collection of several Cases in the Law concerning Leases, Distresses, Replevins, Rescous, Waste and several other Matters which often happen between Land-Lord and Tenant [etc.]. Wing M1803
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Twoford, Thomas Dring, and John Place, London, 1665.
Description:
First edition (variant) of the first work on the English law of landlord and tenant, especially important to the history of English land law, reflecting England's unique position among European countries in the amount of land cultivated by leasehold
Condition:
Modern calf, crimson morocco label, definite browning, a few margins chipped, else sound, without the first blank preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79659
Price:
$ 875.00
Category:
landlord and tenant, Real Property
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:
Title:
California Codes. Parts of the Codes That Take Effect Prior to January 1st, 1873
Publisher:
T.A. Springer State Printer, Sacramento], 1872].
Description:
With an introductory note by the three commissioners (Creed Haymond, John C. Burch and Charles A. Tuttle) stating that the work "is published in obedience to the requirements of an Act of the Legislature"; arranged by Code
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked in cloth, worn but usable
Book No.:
W-57757
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Acts, California
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:
Title:
At the Council Chamber, Whitehall, The 21st Day of November 1831, By the Lords of His Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council . . . whereas there hath broken out in the United Kingdom an infectious Disease or Distemper called the Spasmodic Cholera [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by George Eyre and Andrew Spottiswoode [etc.], London, 1831.
Description:
A rare broadside seeking to cope with the cholera epidemic spreading across Europe, empowering justices of the peace and others (unrealistically) "to abate or remove such nuisance", just as the intravenous saline solution cure was being discovered
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 16x24 inches, two folds, well preserved, one copy (the same, at the British Library) in OCLC and COPAC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79654
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Broadside, legal ephemera, medicine, poor law, justices of peace
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:
Philipps, Fabian
Title:
The Pretended Perspective Glass; Or some Reasons of Many more which might be Offered, Against the pretended Registring Reformation. Wing P2013 or P2013A [the variant with the page following B4 unsigned] [see ESTC R9264 Uncontrolled note for publication date]
Publisher:
Printed in the Year MDCLXIX ["IX" crossed out and "XI" in ink], London, 1671.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate on land registration in England, reaching an apogee in the 17th century, written by "the sturdy loyalist and student of records" (in Holdsworth's words), with comparisons to Dutch, Scots and Spanish practice
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, crimson morocco label, gilt, light browning, without the final blank, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79678
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Real Property, legal reform, Holland, space law, Comparative Law
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
The Touchstone of Wills, Testaments, and Administrations. Being a Compendium of Cases and Resolutions Touching the same. Carefully collected out of the Ecclesiastical, Civil and Canon Laws [etc.]. Third Edition. Wing M1813. 12mo
Publisher:
Printed for W. Leak, A. Roper, F. Tyton [and six others], London, 1674.
Description:
Final edition of the first general, introductory guidebook to the English law of wills, designed for the layperson (as Swinburne's treatise is not), written by the North Riding attorney perhaps best known for his poem "In Praise of York-shire Ale"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, rebacked, the margins cut close (legibility preserved), a bit of minor marginal worming, clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79681
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Wills, Ecclesiastical Law, canon law, civil law
 
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:
Cary, Richard
Title:
Le Necessarie use & Fruit de les Pleadings, conteine en le lieur de le tresreverend Edward Coke Lattorney general law Roigne: Ouesque un Collection de commemorable buy cases sparsim cite en les Arguments de mesme les Reportes [etc.]. S.T.C. 4719; Cowley 99
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Wight. An. Dom. 1601. Cum Priuilegio, London, 1601.
Description:
Sole edition of Cary's analysis and digest of the transcripts from the records preserved by Coke in the first part of his Reports and "considered so important" (in the words of Dr. Baker) as to justify this separate, contemporary treatment of them
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, rebacked, title darkened, definite staining, an extensive marginal gloss in the first pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79650
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
reports of cases, books of entry, Abridgements
Author:
Title:
Reasons for a Registry: Shewing briefly The great Benefits and Advantages that may accrew to this Nation thereby. And Likewise Reconciling those mistaken Inconveniences which many have conceived thereof. Wing R486. 4to
Publisher:
Printed for Charles Harper . . . in Fleetstreet, London, 1678.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate, first bruited by Henry VIII, whether to require registration of title or of conveyances (or of neither), not finally resolved in England until the mid-19th century and, comprehensively, the 20th century
Condition:
Modern boards, printed paper label, browned, else quite sound with untrimmed edges and both blanks, the first chipped and soiled; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79651
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
colonies, Connecticut, conveyancing, Real Property
Author:
Title:
A Conference Desired by the Lords and Had by a Committee of both Houses, Concerning the Rights and Privileges of the Subjects. Discoursed by . . . Master Selden [and] Sir Edward Cooke. With the Objections . . . and the Answers. Wing E1284C
Publisher:
Printed by A.N. for Mathew Walbancke, and Richard Best [etc.], London, 1642.
Description:
The all-important first portion of the debates leading up to the Petition of Right, recording the arguments and authorities of Coke, Digges, Littleton, and Selden, Sir Robert Heath's objections as Attorney General, and their answers in response
Condition:
Modern 1/4 unlettered calf over marbled boards and edges, some browning and staining, but crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79652
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
Author:
Trevers, Joseph
Title:
An Essay To the Restoring of our Decayed Trade. Wherein is Described, the Smugglers, Lawyers, and Officers Frauds. Wing T2129
Publisher:
Printed for Giles Widdowes [and two others], London, 1675.
Description:
First edition of Trevers's only work, attributing part of the decline of the English wool trade to the law, proposing several legal reforms and, in his postscript, fiercely attacking lawyers, who "multiply like Catterpillers in a dry summer"
Condition:
Modern dark brown calf, gilt lettered, some browning, the margin of last leaf chipped (no loss), else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79653
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Commercial Law, legal reform, Legal Ethics
Author:
Perkins, John
Title:
A Profitable Booke of Mr. Iohn Perkins, Sometimes Fellow of the Inner Temple. Treating of the Laws of England. Translated out of French into English for the benefit of young Students and others. An Dom. 1657. Wing P1544A
Publisher:
Printed for Matthew Walbanck . . . within Grays-Inne Gate, London, 1657.
Description:
A rare variant printing of the second edition in English of one of the classics of English land law, one which Holdsworth pairs with Littleton's Tenures; with a portion devoted to the law as it affected women, including dower; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, browned, elaborately glossed through Dower, with the ownership signature of John Peck (adm Middle 1681); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79649
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Real Property, women's law, Dower

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