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Anno Primo Henrici Octavi [1 Hen VIII] [21 Jan-23 Feb 1510] [through] Statutes made in the parliament, holden . . . in the xxxvii yere of the reygne of . . . Henry the eyght [37 Hen VIII] [23 Nov-24 Dec 1545] [with the Table]. Eighteen Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Thomas Berthelet [imprints vary], London, 1540-48.
Description:
A complete collection of the legislation of the parliaments of Henry VIII, spanning well over a quarter century from 1510 to 1545, including the years of the Reformation Parliament, the break with Rome, and the establishment of the Anglican Church
Condition:
Modern 3/4 crimson morocco, some staining and marking in the majority of the volumes, two leaves in facsimile, else clean; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78645
Price:
$ 18000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament
 
Author:
Pollock, Frederick and F.W. Maitland
Title:
The History of English Law, Before the Time of Edward I. Second Edition. Two Volumes
Publisher:
At the University Press, Cambridge, 1923.
Description:
The first reissue of the received edition of a classic, still the starting point in the study of medieval English law, written largely by Maitland in his luminous style, "plac[ing] the earlier English legal history upon a new foundation"
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, quite rubbed, one hinge cracked, ownership signatures, else a good set, largely uncut with the edges untrimmed
Book No.:
W-78710
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL
Author:
Clark, George
Title:
The Game Laws, from King Henry III to the Present Period; Including All the Acts of Parliament . . . and an Introduction Explaining the General Nature of Forests, Purlieus, Chases, Parks, Free Warrens, Fisheries, Properties in Animals, &c. &c
Publisher:
Printed for J. Fielding . . . and Sold by W. Clark [etc.], London, 1785.
Description:
Sole edition, arranged chronologically beginning with the Charter of the Forest (of 9 Henry III), designed to "convey real information to the lawyer, the magistrate, and the sportsman", complemented by a final section on the preservation of game
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, later paper label, a tiny crack to the lower portion of the front joint, else very clean and attractive; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79722
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
game law, Natural Resources
Author:
Title:
The Land-Purchaser's Companion: And the Laws Relating to Tenants and Tenures. Containing I. The Years Purchase all sorts of Lands, Tenements, Rents, Reversions, &c are worth . . . To which are added. The Laws and Statutes relating to Tithes [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1720.
Description:
A primer with an uncommon focus, directed at potential purchasers prior to the South Sea Bubble bursting, providing a guide to valuing land and to associated legal problems, though prudently (and prophetically) suggesting a quite different future
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind ruled and decorated calf, somewhat marked and stained, light browning, else quite well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79728
Price:
$ 1350.00
Category:
Real Property, landlord and tenant, Abridgements, Religion, economics
Author:
Young [Yonge], Walter
Title:
A Vade Mecum, Or, Table, Containing the Substance of such Statutes; Wherein Any one, or more Justices of the Peace are inabled to Act . . . Together With an Epitome of Mr. Stamford's Pleas of the Crown. The Seventh Edition [etc.]. Wing Y96; not in Cowley
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, and are to be sold by H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
Final edition of, so far as I can determine, the first and only early abridgment of an English criminal law treatise, Parliament having "ordered it to be printed for public use", its first part detailing in double columns both offences and penalties
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, quite clean and well preserved, contemporary manuscript jury foreman instructions on the second blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79714
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
criminal law, Abridgements, justices of peace
 
Author:
Lovat-Fraser, J.A.
Title:
Erskine
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1932.
Description:
The first biography of Thomas Erskine, whom Lovat-Fraser terms "the greatest advocate that ever appeared in the English courts"; with separate chapters on the 1794 treason trials, Erskine's oratory, and Erskine's character, among several others
Condition:
Original crimson cloth, gilt, the spine a bit faded with a small irregular white spot at its top, else a good copy
Book No.:
W-79776
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
biography, trials, 18TH CENTURY
Author:
Gardiner, Robert
Title:
Ars Clericalis: The Art of Conveyancing Explained. Being a Collection gathered . . . out of the many Books of the Law. Wherein the Nature and Effect of such Deeds and Instruments by which Lands are Conveyed . . . are clearly demonstrated [etc]. Wing G237
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1690.
Description:
First edition of Gardiner's introductory primer, devoted principally to how lands are conveyed, focussing on fifteen separate methods, including bargain and sale, feoffments, fines, gifts, grants, leases, surrenders, and wills, inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, the spine quite rubbed, tears to six leaves, three with small loss, front hinge strengthened, with the half title; a working copy
Book No.:
W-79725
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
conveyancing, Wills
Author:
Noy, William
Title:
A Treatise of the Rights of the Crown. Declaring, How the King of England may Support and Increase his Annual Revenues. Collected out of the Records in the Tower, the Parliament Rolls, and Close Petitions, Anno X Car. Regis. 1634 [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by B. Lintott and E. Curll in Fleetstreet, London, 1715.
Description:
First edition of one of Noy's "thoughtful and important works on the law", written while he was Charles I's attorney general, yet leading to his great unpopularity, as he sought to increase royal revenues via forest fines, monopolies, and shipmoney
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, lightly rubbed, else especially clean and crisp, with both the Lintot and the Curll advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79715
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Natural Resources, Anti-trust
Author:
Palmer, William J. and Paul P. Selvin
Title:
The Development of Law in California
Publisher:
West Publishing Company, St. Paul, 1983.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a bit worn, else a very good copy; 64 pages
Book No.:
W-79801
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
California, 19TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Davis, G.R.C.
Title:
Magna Carta
Publisher:
Trustees of the British Museum, London, 1963.
Description:
A popular account based on the documents then in the Magna Carta room of the British Museum and still worthy of accompanying visitors to the new British Library; with the English translation, six plates and a full page map of 13th century England
Condition:
Original printed sewn illustrated wraps, showing some wear, but sound; 31 pages
Book No.:
W-79790
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
Magna Carta
Author:
Title:
The Office of the Clerk of Assize: Containing the Form and Method of the Proceedings at the Assizes, and general Gaol-delivery, as also on the Crown and Nisi Prius side. Together with The Office of the Clerk of the Peace [etc.]. Wing W125
Publisher:
Printed for Henry Twyford in Vine Court, Middle Temple, London, 1676.
Description:
An elaborate guide for justices of the peace and their subordinate officers, primarily devoted to criminal and related matters at assizes and quarter sessions; with a section printing the 1666 rules and orders for preventing the plague's spreading
Condition:
Modern calf, somewhat strained, the spine rubbed, ex-library, the title laid down and one gathering loose, minor marginal worming; a working copy only
Book No.:
W-79731
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
criminal law, Procedure, justices of peace, sheriffs
Author:
Crompton, Richard
Title:
Star-Chamber Cases. Shewing What Causes Properly Belong to the Cognizance of that Court. Collected for the most part out of Mr. Crompton his Booke, Entituled The Jurisdiction of divers Courts. Wing C7030. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by I.O. for John Grove [etc.], London, 1641.
Description:
Second edition of the first work devoted exclusively to the Star Chamber, whose procedures (including torture) "ha[ve] subsequently . . . [made it] a synonym for a tribunal of arbitrary tyranny", here published in the year of the Court's abolition
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, lightly faded, some light browning, the top margin cut a bit close, else quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79800
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Star Chamber, reports of cases
Author:
Hawke, Michael
Title:
The Grounds of the Lawes of England; Extracted from the Fountaines of all other Learning: And digested Methodically into Cases, for the Use and Benefit of all Practicers, and Students. With a Commixtion of divers scattered Grounds . . .of the Law. Wing H1169
Publisher:
Printed for H. Twyford, T. Dring, Jo. Place, and W. Place [etc.], London, 1657.
Description:
Only edition of Hawke's ambitious effort, examining some 350 maxims and seeking to fit law in among all the humanities, drawing on Plato, Aristotle and Homer, then Bracton and the Year Books, Cujas and Hotman, plus Plowden, Dyer and (especially) Coke
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed and a bit stained, neat repairs to the spine ends, else quite clean and with the three advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79730
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
maxims
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
Every Man His Own Lawyer: Or, A Summary of the Laws of England in a New and Instructive Method [under seven heads] . . . so plainly treated of, that all Manner of Persons may be particularly acquainted with our Laws and Statutes [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [for three others], London, 1736.
Description:
First edition of Jacob's popular vade-mecum (and the first English legal treatise with this title), devoted in part to estates, to marriage (grouped with "ideots [and] lunaticks"), to Magna Charta, to habeas corpus, and to the liberty of the subject
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed and neatly repaired, a trace of foxing, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79606
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, Magna Carta, habeas corpus, Lunatics, marriage, Real Property
Author:
Title:
Ordines Cancellariae: Being Orders of the High Court of Chancery from the First Year of King Charles I. To this present Hillary Term, 1697. Examined By the Original Orders To which is added the Rules and Orders Of the Court of Exchequer. Wing O415
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Rich. and Edw. Atkins [etc.], London, 1698.
Description:
The orders continuing those originated by 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:
Contemporary calf, the spine rubbed and the joints just cracking, else clean, without an advertising leaf, with a duplicated title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79734
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
equity, courts, codification, legal reform
Author:
Powell, John Joseph
Title:
A Treatise on the Law of Mortgages
Publisher:
Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers [for two others], London, 1785.
Description:
First edition of the first substantial treatise on the English law of mortgages, dedicated to Charles Fearne (whose pupil Powell was), in Holdsworth's view a work "systematic and well-arranged . . . attain[ing] a high standard of learning"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed and repaired, a very little foxing else quite clean and attractive, with the bookplate of Henry Collingwood; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79599
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
mortgages
Author:
O'Hara, Eileen et al
Title:
Morrison & Foerster, The Evolution of a Law Firm
Publisher:
Privately Printed, San Francisco?, 2006.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed illustrated boards, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79797
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
Bench and Bar
Author:
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:
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:
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:
Tenants Law: A Treatise very Useful for Tenants & Farmers Of all Kindes, And all other persons whatsoever [including] between Landlord and Tenant, and Tenant and Tenant . . . Also, The Parish Law, as to Poor, Apprentices, Bastardy [etc.] Wing T51A
Publisher:
Printed for Samuel Speed, at the Rainbow in Fleetstreet, London, 1666.
Description:
The rare first edition of the first English legal treatise titled "Tenants Law" and only the second on the English law of landlord and tenant, treating of leases, rents, distresses and replevin inter alia (as well as parish law); three copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, neatly repaired, with manuscript notes on the final blank and the signature of Daniel Dickinson dated 1666; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79565
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
agriculture, landlord and tenant, poor law, Family 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:
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:
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

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