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Author:
Lechford, Thomas
Title:
Plain Dealing or News from New England
Publisher:
J.K. Wiggin & Wm. Parsons Lunt, Boston, 1867.
Description:
The first book (here in its last and best edition) written by a lawyer practising in this country, originally appearing in London in 1642; one of 35 Royal Quarto copies signed by the publishers
Condition:
Book No.:
W-16954
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
colonies, New England, 17TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Firth, C.H. (intro.).
Title:
Stuart Tracts 1603-1693
Publisher:
Cooper Square Publishers, Inc., New York, 1964.
Description:
Condition:
Facsimile selections from Arber's 19th century "English Garner"
Book No.:
W-42781
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY
Author:
Lechford, Thomas
Title:
Plain Dealing or News from New England. With an Introduction and Notes by J. Hammond Trumbull
Publisher:
J.K. Wiggin & Wm. Parsons Lunt, Boston, 1867.
Description:
The first book written by a lawyer practising in this country, this the last and best edition
Condition:
3/4 morocco over marbled boards, gilt, joints tender, else nice
Book No.:
W-51934
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
colonies, New England, 17TH CENTURY
Author:
Salkeld, William
Title:
Reports of Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench: with Some Special Cases in the Courts of Chancery, Common Pleas and Exchequer. The Fourth Edition . . . by Knightley d'Anvers . . . And the Pleadings now first done into English. Two Volumes in One
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for T. Osborne in Gray's Inn, London, 1742.
Description:
Salkeld's respected reports, published under the supervision of Lord Hardwicke, praised by Holdworth, and often found in early American libraries (Jefferson and John Adams, inter alia); a third volume "not designed for publication" appeared later
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, some dustiness, small loss to the last index leaf, else a good clean copy, with a number of careful, substantive annotations
Book No.:
W-70565
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, reports of cases
 
Author:
Peacock, Edward
Title:
Parliamentary Proceedings in 1628
Publisher:
Archaeologia: or Miscellaneous Tracts [Volume 42], London?], 1867.
Description:
The first publication of portions of the proceedings of one of England's most historical parliaments, taken from a manuscript journal said to have come from Lord Somers' library, investigating the "wild [and] strange conduct" of one Richard Burgess
Condition:
Disbound, partly uncut; 10 pages
Book No.:
W-64322
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
Parliament, 17TH CENTURY
Author:
McNeill, William Arnott
Title:
The Administration of Scotland. With Special Reference to the Justice of Peace System. 1603 - 1625
Publisher:
N.p., Glasgow, 1934.
Description:
McNeill's doctoral thesis submitted to the University of Glasgow in 1934, comprehensively examining the introduction of the justice of the peace system into Scotland, with a number of both authorial and third-party pencil notations throughout
Condition:
3/4 morocco over cloth boards, gilt-lettered, single-spaced typescript, a very good copy, 391+146 pages; one copy (the same) in OCLC and COPAC
Book No.:
W-77855
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
SCOTLAND, justices of peace, 17TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Lechford, Thomas
Title:
Plain Dealing or News from New England
Publisher:
J.K. Wiggin & Wm. Parsons Lunt, Boston, 1867.
Description:
The first book (here in its last and best edition) written by a lawyer practising in this country, originally appearing in London in 1642; one of 35 Royal Quarto copies signed by the publishers
Condition:
Later blue buckram, a bit dusty, but quite sound
Book No.:
W-40182
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
colonies, New England, 17TH CENTURY
 
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:
Leach, Thomas
Title:
Modern Reports; Or, Select Cases Adjudged in the Courts of King's Bench, Chancery, Common Pleas, and Exchequer [etc.]. Fifth Edition. Three Volumes
Publisher:
Printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson [etc.], London, 1793.
Description:
The first three volumes of the reports, covering most of the second half of the 17th century from the Restoration through the Glorious Revolution
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed and well worn, but sound
Book No.:
W-48046
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, reports of cases
 
Author:
Parry, Edward Abbottt
Title:
The Overbury Mystery, a Chronicle of Fact and Drama of the Law
Publisher:
T. Fisher Unwin Ltd., London, 1926.
Description:
Condition:
Quite worn; a sound copy only
Book No.:
W-17317
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
trials, 17TH CENTURY
Author:
Duncan, G.I.O.
Title:
The High Court of Delegates
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1971.
Description:
The only modern monograph on the court which, for three centuries, replaced the Pope as the ultimate arbiter of most English ecclesiastical matters, its jurisdiction assumed by the Privy Council in 1833; Cambridge Studies in English Legal History
Condition:
Original cloth, a bit rubbed, but a good copy
Book No.:
W-71609
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, Real Property, SCOTLAND
Author:
Blount, Thomas
Title:
Fragmenta Antiquitatis; or, Antient Tenures of Land, and Jocular Customs of Some Manors . . . A New Edition, With Alterations, large Additions, English Translations . . . To which are added, Explanatory Notes . . . By Josiah Beckwith [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by W. Blanchard and Co. for the Editor [etc.], York, 1784.
Description:
Second edition, much expanded, of the work which Holdsworth called the "only really original book" written on legal history in the late 17th century, painstakingly compiled by Blount while investigating tenures; James Raine's copy
Condition:
?Later 3/4 calf, extra gilt, definitely rubbed, but still pretty
Book No.:
W-68391
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
Real Property, humor, 17TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Amos, Andrew
Title:
The Great Oyer of Poisoning: the Trial of the Earl of Somerset for the Poisoning of Sir Thomas Overbury, in the Tower of London, and Various Matters Connected therewith, from Contemporary Mss.
Publisher:
Richard Bentley, London, 1846.
Description:
Condition:
Contemporary calf, front board detached, rear board lacking, definite staining and embrowning; a working copy only
Book No.:
W-51385
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, Massachusetts, Law & Hist of Printg, trials
Author:
Carr, Cecil T. (ed.)
Title:
Select Charters of Trading Companies, A.D. 1530-1707
Publisher:
Bernard Quaritch [for the Selden Society], London, 1913.
Description:
The work which Maitland invited Carr to undertake for the Selden Society, containing several dozen previously unpublished charters, its introduction called by J.H. Beale "a valuable contribution . . . good law, good history and good reading"
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, a very good copy; volume XXVIII for the Society's Year 1913
Book No.:
W-74677
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
corporations, 16TH CENTURY, 17TH CENTURY
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
The Complete Parish-Officer; Containing The Authority and Duty of High Constables, Petty Constables [Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor and Surveyors], To which is added the Office of Constables, written by Sir Francis Bacon. The Twelfth Edition [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for S. Birt [and two others] [etc.], London, 1750.
Description:
A rare edition of one of Jacob's earliest works and conceivably his most popular, reaching a 16th edition by 1772, with Bacon's tract on constables appended, this the only work other than Bacon's own to contain it; one copy in ESTC, none in COPAC
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-77241
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
poor law, 17TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Davies, Godfrey and Mary Frear Keeler (eds.)
Title:
Bibliography of British History, Stuart Period, 1603-1714. Second edition
Publisher:
At the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1970.
Description:
Condition:
A good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-63501
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
Bibliography, 17TH CENTURY, Bibliography
 
Author:
Lane, Jane
Title:
Titus Oates
Publisher:
Andrew Dakers Limited, London, 1949.
Description:
Condition:
Original blue cloth, a bit worn and foxed, but sound
Book No.:
W-63512
Price:
$ 50.00
Category:
biography, trials, criminal law, 17TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Swatland, Andrew
Title:
The House of Lords in the Reign of Charles II
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1996.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-59642
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Zinman (intro.), Michael
Title:
Several Laws and Orders Made At the Generall Court . . . Held at Boston the 11th of May 1670. And at the Generall Court held by Adjournment the 12th day of October, 1670
Publisher:
The Haydn Foundation, Ardsley, 1987.
Description:
The facsimile reissue of the only known copy of these Massachusetts Bay Colony session laws, only recently rediscovered; with a brief introduction by Mr. Zinman, speculating about other missing laws whose existence are suggested by these
Condition:
Printed, sewn, oversized wraps; six pages
Book No.:
W-13145
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, Massachusetts, colonies
Author:
Egerton, Thomas, Baron Ellesmere
Title:
The Lord Chancellor Egerton's Observations on the Lord Coke's Reports: Particularly in the Debate of Causes Relating to The Right of the Church; The Power of the King's Prerogative; The Jurisdiction of Courts; or, The Interest of the Subject. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer [etc.], London, 1710?.
Description:
The only edition of part of the great struggle between Bacon, Coke and Ellesmere, and between the common law and chancery, leading to Coke's disgrace and, in John Baker's words, "a catastrophic year in the history of the English judicial system"
Condition:
Modern goat morocco, neatly gilt, some browning and foxing, else quite handsome, with the half title; the Macclesfield copy, privately acquired
Book No.:
W-78261
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, reports of cases
 
Author:
Johnson, et al (eds.), Robert C.
Title:
Commons Debates 1628. Five Volumes [of six]
Publisher:
Yale University Press, New Haven, 1977-83.
Description:
Five (of six) volumes of the definitive edition of the debates and proceedings in the House of Commons in this historic Parliament, undertaken by the Yale Center for Parliamentary History; without volume five
Condition:
Original black cloth, gilt, a very good set
Book No.:
W-77649
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, Parliament, Supreme Court
Author:
Lechford, Thomas
Title:
Plain Dealing or News from New England. With an Introduction and Notes by J. Hammond Trumbull
Publisher:
J.K. Wiggin & Wm. Parsons Lunt, Boston, 1867.
Description:
The first book (here in its last and best edition) written by a lawyer practising in this country, originally appearing in London in 1642; one of 35 Royal Quarto copies signed by the publishers
Condition:
Blue cloth, somewhat rubbed, gilt-lettered label; one of 35 Royal Quarto copies, this being number 28, signed by the publishers on the title's verso
Book No.:
W-51458
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
colonies, New England, 17TH CENTURY
Author:
Wynne, William
Title:
The Life of Sir Leoline Jenkins, Judge of the High-Court of Admiralty, And Prerogative Court of Canterbury . . . [with] the Resolution of many difficult and curious Points in the Common and Civil Law, Law of Merchants and of Nations [etc.]. Two Volumes
Publisher:
Printed for Joseph Downing, in Bartholomew Close [etc.], London, 1724.
Description:
A "literally gigantic" work and the best early source for the life and works of Jenkins, "easily the greatest of the civilians of his day" in Holdsworth's words, brought together by Serjeant Wynne who "was to Jenkins as Boswell was to Johnson"
Condition:
Contemporary blind-panelled calf, quite worn, rebacked and repaired, some browning and dustiness, ex-library, yet a good crisp set; with the portrait
Book No.:
W-72749
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
biography, admiralty, 17TH CENTURY
Author:
Earwaker, J.P. (ed.)
Title:
The Constables' Accounts, Manor of Manchester, from the Year 1612 to the Year 1647, and from the Year 1743 to the Year 1776. Printed . . . from the Original Books of Accounts in [the City of Manchester's] Possession. Three Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
J.E. Cornish, 16, St. Ann's Square, Manchester, 1891-.
Description:
Condition:
Three-quarter vellum over marbled boards, marbled endpapers, rubbed, ex-library, else a good sound set
Book No.:
W-91387
Price:
$ 175.00
Category:
criminal law, 17TH CENTURY, 18TH CENTURY
Author:
Harris, George
Title:
The Life of Lord Chancellor Hardwicke; With Selections from His Correspondence, Diaries, Speeches, and Judgments. In Three Volumes
Publisher:
Edward Moxon [and] Stevens' & Norton . . . Fleet Street, London, 1847.
Description:
Lord Lyndhurst's presentation set of the principal early account of Lord Hardwicke, pairing two of the greatest lawyers and Lord Chancellors of the 18th and 19th centuries--"The Right Honble Lord Lyndhurst / with the authors most / respectful compts"
Condition:
Original green embossed cloth, the spines a bit faded, else a very crisp, largely uncut set; with Lord Lyndhurst's armorial bookplate on each pastedown
Book No.:
W-75368
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
biography, 17TH CENTURY, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Title:
The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Alban, and Lord High Chancellor of England. In Three Volumes. To which is prefixed, a Life of the Author, by Mr. Mallet
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar in the Strand, London, 1753.
Description:
An early edition of Bacon's Collected Works, based upon and expanding the 1740 edition undertaken by David Mallet, that edition possessed by Jefferson, who grouped Bacon with Locke and Newton "as the three greatest men who have ever lived"
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, rubbed, a bit chipped and some browning, but generally a well-preserved, attractive set
Book No.:
W-72410
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Or, a Commentary upon Littleton [with] The Statute of Levying Fines [and] Bail and Mainprize [and] Compleat Copyholder [and] the Old Tenures of the Laws of England [etc.]. The Eleventh Edition. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Eliz. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1719.
Description:
The penultimate early (pre-Hargrave) edition of Coke's most single famous work and one of the five greatest books of English law, glossing Littleton's 'Tenures', one of the remaining four; with three of Coke's other works and the Old Tenures
Condition:
Modern sheep, some browning and staining, else a good clean copy, with the portrait of Coke as frontispiece and that of Littleton before the text
Book No.:
W-78301
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, English Law, jurisprudence, Real Property
Author:
Grotius, Hugo
Title:
His Three Books Treating of the Rights of War and Peace. In the First is handled, Whether any War be Just. In the Second is shewed, the Causes of War, both Just and Unjust. In the Third is declared, What in War is Lawful [etc.]. Wing H2126. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by M.W. for Thomas Basset . . . and Ralph Smith [etc.], London, 1682.
Description:
The first unabridged English translation of Grotius' masterwork, the only such to appear in the seventeenth century, attributed to William Evats, said to occupy the last seven years of his life and found among his papers at his death
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, tape repairs to the edges of the recto of the engraved title, which is mounted, browning, new endpapers, else a good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-77399
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, international law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
The History of the Common Law of England. Divided into Twelve Chapters. The Second Edition Corrected [bound with] The Analysis of the Law: Being a Scheme, or Abstract, Of the several Titles and Partitions of the Law of England, Digested into Method [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by E. Nutt . . . and sold by D. Browne [etc.], London, 1716.
Description:
Second editions of two of Hale's principal works, and the first to name him on their titles, propounding the organizational schema to be adopted by Blackstone in his 'Analysis' and writing the first general history of English law in his 'History'
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over green cloth boards, light browning, else a very good copy
Book No.:
W-75000
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, biography, English Law
 
Author:
Robinson, Henry
Title:
Certain Considerations [on] speedy, cheap, and equall . . . Justice throughout the Nation [with] William Walwin, Juries justified [with] Zachary Babington, Advice to Grand Jurors in Cases of Blood [with] John Hawles, The Englishman's Right
Publisher:
Garland Publishing, Inc., New York, 1978.
Description:
Four seventeenth century tracts focusing in significant part on the power and central role of the English jury, concluding with Hawle's work, recently termed "the foundation text of jury independence and of the jury as the bulwark of English liberty"
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, quite worn, ex-library, a working copy only; the facsimile reissue of the four works printed between 1651 and 1680
Book No.:
W-79097
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, 18TH CENTURY, juries, legal reform
 
Author:
Bacon, Francis
Title:
Reports of Cases Decided by Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, Lord Chancellor of England, in the High Court of Chancery (1617-1621). Prepared from the Records of That Court by John Ritchie, M.A., Of the Inner Temple, Barrister at Law
Publisher:
Sweet & Maxwell, Limited, 2 & 3 Chancery Lane, W.C. 2, London, 1932.
Description:
The sole record we have of Bacon's decisions for the four years he was Lord Chancellor, serving as "the formal head of his nation's legal system", over 300 decisions compiled by John Ritchie, "who spent years resurrecting Bacon's judicial record"
Condition:
Original black cloth, gilt, somewhat marked, ex-John Crow Collection of the University of Kent at Canterbury, bookplate of Robert Washington Oates
Book No.:
W-79165
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
reports of cases, equity, 17TH CENTURY

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