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Author:
Britton, John le]
Title:
Britton [on the Laws of England]. The Second Edition. Faithfully corrected according to divers ancient Manuscripts of the same Booke. By Edm[und] Wingate [etc.]. S.T.C. 3804
Publisher:
Printed by the assignes of John Moore Esquire [etc.], London, 1640.
Description:
The second edition of the first substantial medieval English legal treatise to be printed, written in the late 13th century; much superior to the first edition (printed circa 1540) supplying an omitted chapter and providing emendations in an appendix
Condition:
Contemporary calf, worn, the front joint cracked but holding, the spine a bit chipped and varnished, browning, a usable copy only
Book No.:
W-77409
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
13TH CENTURY, MEDIEVAL, English Law
Author:
Bellewe (ed.), Richard
Title:
Ascvns Nouell cases de les ans & temps le Roy, H.8. Ed.6. & la Roygne Mary, Escrie, ex la graund Abridgement, composed per Sir Robert Brooke . . . disperse en les Titles. Mes icy collecte sub ans [etc.]. S.T.C. 3823; Beale R480; not in Baker
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . within Temple Barre . . . by Richard Tottill, London, 1587.
Description:
The work containing portions of the first Inns of Court reading to be printed, Justice Frowyk's lecture on Prerogative Regis, preceding by several decades the the first (in 1635) located in J.H. Baker's "Readings and Readers in the Inns of Court"
Condition:
Later 1/2 sheep over marbled boards, quite worn, some browning and staining, the margins cut close occasionally affecting sidenotes; a usable copy
Book No.:
W-73859
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Abridgements, reports of cases, Inns of Court
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:
Darrow, Clarence
Title:
The Religion of the American Negro. Hunsberger 261
Publisher:
The Crisis, New York, 1931.
Description:
The debate, on paper, between Darrow ("a tried and true friend of the Negro race") and R.E. Jones, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Darrow concluding that "future progress needs education, opportunity, intelligence and, above all, courage"
Condition:
Original stapled illustrated wraps, beginning to detach, but usable; the June issue, with two photographs, one of Darrow and a second of Bishop Jones
Book No.:
W-59549
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Religion, Discrimination
 
Author:
Darrow, Clarence
Title:
The Religion of the American Negro. Hunsberger 261
Publisher:
The Crisis, New York, 1931.
Description:
The debate, on paper, between Darrow ("a tried and true friend of the Negro race") and R.E. Jones, Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Darrow concluding that "future progress needs education, opportunity, intelligence and, above all, courage"
Condition:
Original stapled illustrated wraps, reinforced and a bit chipped; the June issue, with two photographs, one of Darrow and a second of Bishop Jones
Book No.:
W-70611
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Discrimination, Religion
 
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:
Title:
Orders and Directions, Together with a Commission for the Better Administration of Justice . . . How, and by whom the Lawes and Statutes tending to the reliefe of the Poor . . . and the reformation of Disorders . . . are executed [etc.]. S.T.C. 9252.4
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1630.
Description:
The Book of Orders of Charles I, part of the "exceptionally elaborate" first efforts to establish a highly organized system of local government, this printing the sole (of three) to name the individual privy councillors and their responsibilities
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, gilt, light browning, the top margin cut a bit close, else very fresh, with the first blank "A"; the Taussig copy [as in S.T.C.]
Book No.:
W-78978
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
legal reform, poor law, justices of peace
 
Author:
Erskine, Thomas
Title:
The Speeches of the Hon. Thomas Erskine (Now Lord Erskine), When at the Bar, on Subjects Connected with the Liberty of the Press, and Against Constructive Treasons. Second Edition [with] Speeches of Lord Erskine When at the Bar. Five Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed for James Ridgway [etc.], London, 1812-1816.
Description:
A compendium of Erskine's greatest speeches, including his first major case defending Captain Baillie, and his defenses of Lord Gordon, the Dean of St. Asaph, Thomas Paine, James Hadfield, and a host of others, together with much related material
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, the spines extra gilt, marbled edges, pastedowns, and endpapers, an especially well-preserved, even luscious set
Book No.:
W-78986
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
criminal law, FRANCE, trials
 
Author:
Lambard, William
Title:
Eirenarcha: or of The Office of the Iustices of Peace, in two Bookes: Gathered 1579 and now reuised, and firste published, in the 14 yeare of the peaceable reigne of our gratious Queene Elizabeth. S.T.C. 15163; Beale T387
Publisher:
Imprinted by Ra: Newbery, and H. Bynnemann [etc.], London, 1581.
Description:
First edition of the work for which Lambard is best remembered, his seminal work on justices of the peace "which must be placed at the head of that long list of books . . . which stretch from the seventeenth to the twentieth century"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered vellum, well rubbed and worn, remains of ties, yet exceptionally clean with generous (?large paper) margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78977
Price:
$ 5000.00
Category:
justices of peace
 
Author:
Campbell, John Lord
Title:
The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of England, from the Earliest Times till the Reign of King George IV. Eight Volumes [complete]. Second Editions of volumes one, two, and three, first editions of the remaining five
Publisher:
John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, 1846-69.
Description:
The most famous of all works devoted to England's Lord Chancellors, described as a work which "challenge[s] comparison with the best biographies in the language", beginning with the Anglo-Saxon chancellors and continuing into the nineteenth century
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over cloth boards, the spines extra gilt, decorated endpapers, a trifle rubbed, but altogether quite an attractive set
Book No.:
W-78985
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
equity, biography
 
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
La Nowelle Natura breuium du Iudge tresreuerende Monsieur Anthonie Fizherbert dernierement renue & corrige per laucteur [bound with] Thomas Littleton, Les Tenures du monsieur Littleton, ouesque certein cases addes [etc.]. S.T.C. 10962 and 15746
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli [imprints vary], London, 1581 & 1583.
Description:
Two works central to early English law, each of the highest authority, here bound together and glossed (the Littleton's paper format so designed) with the signatures of Thomas and Robert Thornton, conjecturally father and son Lincoln's Inn barristers
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, remains of clasps, partly interleaved and the Littleton printed in larger format, extensively glossed; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78976
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
Procedure, Real Property
 
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
The Law of the Land. Not in Setaro [compare Setaro 151]
Publisher:
Knight Printing Co., Fargo, 1927.
Description:
Dean Pound's address delivered to the North Dakota Bar Association in September, and reprinted in at least six other publications, this reprint seemingly not located in Setaro, which does find a similar reissue, though with a different caption title
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, the recto of the first page unevenly browned, else well preserved; 11 pages
Book No.:
W-78984
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
American Law
 
Author:
Title:
The Great Boke of Statutes [Part 5, 1-15 Henry VIII] [1510-1523] [through] Statutes made in the parliament . . . in the xxxvii yere of the reygne of . . . Henry the eyght [37 Hen VIII] [1545] [with the Table]. Sixteen Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
J. Rastell [1]; R. Redman [1]; T Berthelet [14] [imprints vary], London, 1530-1551.
Description:
A complete collection of the legislation of the parliaments of Henry VIII, most contemporary, one unique, and many rare, including those of the years of the Reformation Parliament, the break with Rome, and the establishment of the Anglican Church
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled unlettered calf, repaired but sturdy and very clean, bookplate of Edward Shnayerson; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78959
Price:
$ 20000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
 
Author:
Bohun, William
Title:
Declarations and Pleadings In the most usual Actions brought in the several Courts of King's-Bench and Common-Pleas at Westminster, viz Scandal of Peers . . . Slander of Common Persons . . . Case For Non-feasance and Negligences, Mal-fesances and Torts
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1733.
Description:
First edition of one of Bohun's several works following the 1732 act requiring that English be used in the Royal courts--and an early work using the word 'torts' in its title, distinguishing between negligence as nonfeasance and torts as malfeasance
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, later handwritten label, the boards slightly bowed and the spine inkstained, else especially fresh; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78967
Price:
$ 225.00
Category:
Procedure, torts, libel and slander
 
Author:
Title:
A Compleat Modern Conveyancer, Being a Selection of Draughts; Drawn by the most Eminent Scrivenors since the Year 1740. One Volume bound in Two Physical Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall . . . For G. Kearsly [etc.], London, 1778.
Description:
Only edition of a rare work, arranged by subject, with much on assignments (of all kinds), bonds, covenants, deeds, demises, grants, leases, and, in particular, on marriage articles and agreements (some 250 pages); no copy in COPAC or ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, joints just cracking but quite firm, labels chipped, altogether clean and usable, Penry Williams bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78966
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
conveyancing, marriage
 
Author:
Title:
The Onely Right Rule For Regulating The Lawes and Liberties of the People of England. Presented in way of Advise To His Excellency the L. Generall Cromwell, and The rest of the Officers of the Army, January 28. 1652 [etc.]. Wing O349. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for the Subscribers, and are to be sold by W.L. [etc.], London, 1652.
Description:
A rare Leveller tract imploring Cromwell to observe "the ancient rights of the people" so as to avoid placing power in "the hands of a few, and the rich" with their ensuing corruption; four copies in ESTC in this country, all in California
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the title somewhat crinkled and frayed, browning, else sound with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78974
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Commonwealth, Radicals, English constitutional law
 
Author:
Guernsey, R.S.
Title:
Ecclesiastical Law in Hamlet:--The Burial of Ophelia
Publisher:
AMS Press, New York, 1971.
Description:
The facsimile reissue of the paper read before The Shakespeare Society of New York on June 9, 1885, and then published by Brentano Bros for the Society
Condition:
Original green cloth, gilt, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-78982
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Shakespeare, Ecclesiastical Law, law of burial
 
Author:
Wu, John C.H.
Title:
Fountain of Justice, A Study in the Natural Law
Publisher:
Sheed and Ward, London, 1959.
Description:
Presentation copy
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-78981
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
philosophy of law
 
Author:
Title:
Laws of War and Ordinances of the Sea, Ordained and Established by the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England; For the Regulating and better Government of the Navies, Fleets and ships of War, and Armies by sea of the Commonwealth of England [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by John Field, Printer to the Parliament of England, London, 1652.
Description:
The rare official printing of the act regulating the English navy, passed by the House of Commons in 1649 and here printed, crafted by Robert Blake ("Father of the Royal Navy"), listing thirty-nine offences and their punishments; five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern vellum backed boards, interleaved, definite browning, but sound, bookplate of Fairfax of Cameron on the front pastedown; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78972
Price:
$ 1150.00
Category:
war, international law, maritime law, Acts
 
Author:
Title:
A Booke of certaine Canons, concernyng some parte of the discipline of the Churche of England. In the yeare of our Lord 1571. S.T.C. 10063
Publisher:
Printed by Iohn Daye, dwellyng ouer Aldersgate, London, 1571.
Description:
A rare printing of the 1571 canons, describing the duties of bishops, deans of churches, archdeacons, churchwardens, preachers, and schoolmasters, inter alia, concluding with the sentence of excommunication; two copies in ESTC in this country
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, lightly browned, else quite crisp with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78980
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
 
Author:
Title:
Baron and Feme. A Treatise of Law and Equity, Concerning Husbands and Wives. Of Marriages, Bastardy, the Privileges of Feme Coverts . . . What Things of the Wife accrue to the Husband by the Marriage . . . Of a Feme Sole Merchant [etc.]. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E[lizabeth] and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1738.
Description:
Final, expanded edition of the first eighteenth century treatise on the English law of women, and only the second of its kind ever to appear, comprehensive in scope, treating of contracts, wills, separate maintenance, and criminal matters inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, rebacked, a bit rubbed, light browning, else quite clean with ample margins and the advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78970
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
women's law
 
Author:
Adye, Stephen Payne
Title:
A Treatise on Courts Martial. To Which is Added, An Essay on Military Punishments and Rewards. The Third Edition, With Additions and Amendments [with the 1785 dated title page; seven copies in ESTC]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Murray, No. 32, Fleet-Street, London, 1785.
Description:
A rare early edition of the first work devoted primarily to the English law of courts martial and the last published in Adye's life, becoming "the standard work for military judicial practice in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, light foxing and browning, moreso to the first and last leaves, a very good copy with the advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78870
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
courts martial
 
Author:
Swinburne, Henry
Title:
A Briefe Treatise of Testaments and Last Willes . . . Compiled of such lawes Ecclesiasticall and Ciuill, as be not repugnant to the lawes, customes, or statutes of this Realme, nor derogatorie to the Prerogative Royall [etc.]. STC 23547.3; not in Beale
Publisher:
Printed by John Windet, London, 1591.
Description:
The unique variant printing (dated 1591) of the first work on the English law of wills, and the first work by an Englishman on English canon law, praised by J.H. Baker as "a model of clarity" and by David Yale as "a full and accomplished treatise"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered lozenges, rebacked, somewhat rubbed and chipped, light browning and some staining, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78951
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Wills
 
Author:
Kyd, Stewart
Title:
A Treatise on the Law of Corporations. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Butterworth, Fleet-Street, London, 1793-94.
Description:
Only edition of a pathbreaking treatise, and the only treatise of its kind to appear in the eighteenth century, praised by Holdsworth as "a very complete and learned work [and] a remarkably able pioneer treatise on this subject"
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf, rebacked, the original spines laid down, some foxing to the second title page and following, else very clean; the Taussig set
Book No.:
W-78940
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
corporations
 
Author:
Forkosch, Morris D
Title:
Points of Rebellion: A Dialogue, The "Rebellion" of William O. Douglas
Publisher:
Georgia Law Review, Athens, 1970.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a trifle worn, else a very good copy; pages 830-865 of Volume 4, Number 4 of the Review
Book No.:
W-78969
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
Supreme Court
 
Author:
Brandeis, Louis D.
Title:
A Call to the Educated Jew. Preface by Dr. Stephen S. Wise, President, Zionist Organization of America. Designed by Itzhak Sankowsky. Mersky p.25 [not locating a copy at Yale]
Publisher:
Avukah American Student Zionist Federation, New York, 1936.
Description:
The rare reissue (with Justice Brandeis' permission) of his 1914 speech suggesting that the love of learning lay at the heart of Jewish culture, first appearing in the first issue of The Menorah Journal; five copies in OCLC
Condition:
Original printed illustrated stapled wraps, a bit worn, else a good copy, with the Harris & Ewing photograph of Justice Brandeis on the front wrap
Book No.:
W-78968
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
jewish law, Supreme Court
 
Author:
Deazley, Ronan, Martin Kretschmer et al (eds.)
Title:
Privilege and Property, Essays on the History of Copyright
Publisher:
OpenBook Publishers, Cambridge, 2010.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed illustrated yellow wraps, a very good copy; 438 pages
Book No.:
W-78973
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
copyright
 
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:
Swinburne, Henry
Title:
A Treatise of Spousals, or Matrimonial Contracts: Wherein All the Questions relating to that Subject are ingeniously Debated and Resolved. Wing S6260. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by S. Roycroft for Robert Clavell at the Peacock [etc.], London, 1686.
Description:
First edition of the first work on the English law of marriage, and one of Swinburne's two major works, written (in J.H. Baker's words) in "a felicitous informal style [contributing to] a reputation plac[ing] him in the ranks of the famous"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, very light browning, else quite crisp, with the bookplate of Charles Hedges dated 1702; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78939
Price:
$ 1850.00
Category:
marriage, women's law
 
Author:
Bacon, Francis
Title:
The Elements of the Common Lawes of England, Branched into a double Tract: The One Containing a Collection of some principall Rules and Maximes of the Common Law [and] The Other The Use of the Common Law [etc.]. S.T.C. 1134; Gibson 193. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignes of Iohn Moore Esq., London, 1630.
Description:
First edition of Bacon's most famous legal work, and the first collection in English of the maxims of English law, part of Bacon's larger scheme to systematize and reform the law, and part of a much more extensive collection of his maxims now lost
Condition:
Contemporary vellum, rubbed, the spine snagged, some browning, one blank defective, else well preserved with exceedingly ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78946
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
maxims, jurisprudence
 
Author:
Title:
Incipit Tabula huius libri [Abbreuiamentum statuorum]. S.T.C. 9514; Duff 376; Beale S40; Cowley 3
Publisher:
Explicit abbreuiamentum statutorum Impressum per Ricardum Pynson, London, 1499.
Description:
Second edition of the first abridgment of the English statutes, "a great improvement on the 1481 edition", the first to be printed by Pynson and one of only two statutory abridgments of English law (the other the 1481 edition) printed before 1500
Condition:
Later 1/4 calf, rubbed, light browning, a few leaves darkened, Signet Library gilt crests and Eric Sexton bookplates; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78942
Price:
$ 35000.00
Category:
Abridgements, Acts
 
Author:
Title:
Iniunccions geuen by the moste excellent prince, Edward the sixte, by the grace of God, kyng of England, Fraunce and Irelande . . . To all and singuler his louyng subiectes, as well of the Clergie, as of the Laietie. S.T.C. 10090.3
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Richard Grafton [etc.], London, 1547.
Description:
The first efforts to reform the English church under Edward VI, the popular reception of which remains debated, with the requirement of clergy celibacy ended, church property defaced or destroyed, chantries abolished and processions banned inter alia
Condition:
Modern boards, the joints frayed and beginning to crack, but sound, some browning, elaborate contemporary gloss, Goyder bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78950
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law

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