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Author:
Richardson, Robert
Title:
The Attorney's Practice in the Court of King's Bench: Or, An Introduction to the Knowledge of the Practice of that Court . . . With Variety of useful and curious Precedents in English, settled or drawn by Counsel [etc.]. Sixth Edition. Two Volumes
Publisher:
Printed by His Majesty's Law-printers [etc.], London, 1776.
Description:
The edition appearing while both Blackstone and Mansfield were on the bench, praised by Holdsworth as a "better and a more orderly account" than its predecessors, its second volume largely comprised of forms attributed to the lawyers creating them
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, definite browning and foxing , a sound usable set only
Book No.:
W-76006
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
History of the Common Law [etc.] [with] An Analysis of the Civil Part of the Law. The Fourth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall . . . for T. Cadell [etc.], London, 1779.
Description:
The best early edition of Hale's classic works, prepared by Charles Runnington who (in Holdsworth's words) "prefixed a life of Hale, and added very extensive notes"; Hale's 'Analysis', though not called for by the title page, is appended
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, a bit embrowned, but sound
Book No.:
W-66012
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
criminal law, witchcraft, sheriffs, justices of peace, poor law, English Law
Author:
Title:
The Parliamentary Opinions of Lord Mansfield, Sir Dudley Ryder, Mr. Charles Yorke, Mr. William Beckford, &c. On the Choice of a Regency or Regent; with Other Discussions on That Interesting Question
Publisher:
Printed for John Stockdale, opposite Burlington-House, Piccadilly, London, 1788.
Description:
Part of the debate during the mental incapacity of George III (no provision for succession having been made), publishing a series of arguments bruited when the 1751 Regency Bill, providing for his own succession while a minor, had been enacted
Condition:
Disbound, one leaf torn with loss of several words on its verso (but not the sense); 46 pages plus the advertising leaf
Book No.:
W-71544
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
insanity, Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
Collectanea Juridica. Consisting of Tracts Relative to the Law and Constitution of England. Two Volumes [complete] [with the "A Register of Law Publications" of 32 and 26 pages in the first and second volumes, respectively, not found in all sets]
Publisher:
Printed for E. and R. Brooke, Bell-Yard, Temple-Bar, London, 1791-92.
Description:
One of two works which Holdsworth termed Hargrave's "principal service to legal history", a rich and diverse selection of forty previously unpublished tracts from his extraordinary collection ultimately purchased and deposited in the British Library
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, ex-library, with the ownership signature of Sir Robert Gifford, Baron Gifford, and the bookplate of Henry Bickersteth, Baron Langdale
Book No.:
W-74675
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law
 
Author:
Title:
The Annual Volumes of the Selden Society. Volumes I through LIV. Fourty Nine Volumes [lacking five volumes--14, 29, 33, 39, 53--which may be obtained in modern reprint]
Publisher:
Selden Society, London, 1887-1935.
Description:
A lengthy run of the earliest annual volumes of the Selden Society, containing the bulk of the finest early twentieth (and late nineteenth) century scholarship on English legal history, including all of the contributions by Maitland and many others
Condition:
Original cloth, showing some wear, ex-library, yet generally a good usable set
Book No.:
W-75762
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, English Law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England . . . from the Last London Edition. With the Last Corrections of the Author; and with Notes and Additions by Edward Christian . . . Downing Professor of the Laws of England in the University of Cambridge. Four Volumes
Publisher:
Printed and Published by Thomas B. Wait, & Co., Portland, 1807.
Description:
An early American edition (the fifth), a completely unsophisticated, unrestored set in its original American publisher's binding, bottom and foredges untrimmed, cracking to the joints, bottom of one spine perished, labels slightly different
Condition:
Original publisher's paper-backed light-blue boards, paper labels
Book No.:
W-62886
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English Law
 
Author:
Jenks, Edward
Title:
The Book of English Law
Publisher:
John Murray, Albemarle Street, London, n.d..
Description:
The promotional flyer for Professor Jenks' enduring work, the first page replicating its title, the second a portion of the Preface (invoking Pollock, Anson, Dicey, and Maitland), the third contents and the fourth other works and an order form
Condition:
One sheet, folded (four pages), the fore-edges a bit chipped, else well-preserved
Book No.:
W-74227
Price:
$ 15.00
Category:
English Law, legal ephemera
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England. In Four Books. The Ninth Edition, With the Last Corrections of the Author; and Continued to the Present Time, By Ri. Burn, LL.D. Four Volumes. Eller 14
Publisher:
Printed for W. Strahan; T. Cadell, in the Strand [etc.], London, 1783.
Description:
The closest we come to Blackstone's "received text", incorporating the manuscript corrections in his hand found in his own copy, becoming the edition, in the words of William Hammond, from which "most of the current editions are printed"
Condition:
Contemporary tree calf, the spines elaborately extra-gilt, lightly rubbed and chipped, but altogether quite an appealing, even gorgeous set
Book No.:
W-75565
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
jurisprudence, English Law
Author:
Selden, John
Title:
Opera Omnia . . . Collegit ac Recensuit; Vitam Auctoris, Praefationes, & Indices adjecit, David Wilkins [etc.]. Three Volumes in Six
Publisher:
Typis Guil. Bowyer, impensis J. Walthoe [and 21 others], Londini, 1726.
Description:
Still the only edition of Selden's works, a fit tribute to the man whose name Maitland chose to grace the Selden Society and whose output (in Holdsworth's words) "astonished his own contemporaries and astonishes us"; with the frontispiece
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, quite worn, rebacked in vellum, some damage to one board and a bit of staining, ex-library, else a clean usable set
Book No.:
W-73748
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, English Law
Author:
Staunford, William
Title:
An Exposicion of the kinges prerogatiue collected out of the great abridgement of Iustice Fitzherbert and other old writers of the lawes of Englande . . . Whereunto is annexed the Proces to the same Prerogatiue appertaining. S.T.C. 23213; Beale T491. Quarto
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . in fleet strete . . . by Rychard Tottel [etc.], London, 1567.
Description:
First edition of one of the first English legal treatises of substance to focus on a discrete subject area of the law, in this case the powers of the King upon such matters as marriage, wardship, idiots, lunatics, escheats and wrecks, among others
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over marbled boards, definite staining throughout, moreso at the end, two leaves repaired with loss; a working copy
Book No.:
W-59198
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English constitutional law
 
Author:
Petit-Dutaillis, Charles
Title:
Studies and Notes Supplementary to Stubbs' Constitutional History, Down to the Great Charter. Second edition
Publisher:
Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1911.
Description:
Condition:
Original black cloth, a bit worn and stained, but a sound copy
Book No.:
W-63497
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England. The Fourth [sic] Edition. Eller 6
Publisher:
Printed for John Exshaw [and others; imprint varies], Dublin, 1771.
Description:
A very early Dublin-printed, pirated edition (the second) of Blackstone's classic work, appearing during the same year as the first American edition, and the first in Ireland in which all four volumes were published during the same year
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, a few repairs, new labels; a sound set
Book No.:
W-60114
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
jurisprudence, English Law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex, Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the Authorities of Law. Not separately listed in Eller, who also does not list the London variant printings of 1769; compare Eller 231. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand, London, 1769.
Description:
Blackstone's passionate invocation of the common law as the source of the House of Common's power to expel a member, and his principal contribution to English constitutional law outside the Commentaries; not seen by Eller and surprisingly uncommon
Condition:
Modern calf, very light browning, a good, wide-margined copy, with the half-title; 44 pages
Book No.:
W-67958
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
The Lawyer's Magazine, Or, Attorney's and Solicitor's Universal Library . . . Containing, Whatever is useful, instructive, or entertaining, in The Theory or Practice of the Laws of England [etc.]. Second Edition of Volume One. Two Volumes [all published]
Publisher:
Printed by his Majesty's Law Printer, For William Owen [etc.], London, 1761-62.
Description:
A rare set of the first English legal periodical, its contents both theoretical and practical, including "A Tract on the Unreasonableness of the Laws of England, in Regard to Wives", seemingly the first effort to reform the English law of women
Condition:
[1]Contemporary 1/4 calf, rubbed, joints cracked and a bit strained; [2] modern 1/4 calf; browning in both volumes, two leaves in facsimile; usable
Book No.:
W-75753
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Law Periodicals, English Law
Author:
Title:
Brief Deductions Relative to the Aid and Supply of the Executive Power, According to the Law of England. In Cases of Infancy, Delirium, or Other Incapacity of the King. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Debrett, London, 1788.
Description:
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards; a very nice, clean copy
Book No.:
W-47595
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
insanity, English constitutional law
Author:
Baker, J.H. (ed.)
Title:
The Reports of Sir John Spelman. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Selden Society, London, 1976-78.
Description:
Two of the most valuable, modern annual volumes of the Selden Society, containing Dr. Baker's seminal essay of some 400 pages (including appendices) on English law between about 1450 and 1600; volume XCIII and XCIV for the years 1976 and 1977
Condition:
Original blue buckram, gilt, a trifle rubbed, but a very good set
Book No.:
W-72366
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
16TH CENTURY, English Law
Author:
Holdsworth, W.S.
Title:
A History of English Law. Volumes 1-9 [of 17] [with] Tables and Index by Edward Potton [Ten Volumes]
Publisher:
Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., London, 1924-56.
Description:
Holdsworth's history as originally conceived, "a continuous History of English Law as a whole down to 1700", comprising the work's first nine volumes; with Potton's index, "enormously increas[ing] the value of the History" in Holdsworth's words
Condition:
Original cloth, gilt, occasional underlining, some volumes ex-library, volume six particularly worn; a good working set
Book No.:
W-74442
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Seldeni, Joannis (ed.)
Title:
Fleta, Seu Commentarius Juris Anglicani . . . Accedit Tractatulus vetus . . . Fet Assavoir . . . Subjungitur etiam Joan. Seldeni ad Fletam Dissertatio Historica. Editio Secunda. Wing F1291
Publisher:
Typis S.R. Prostant apud H. Twyford [and others] [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
The best early edition of Fleta, one of the few substantial medieval English legal treatises, written in the late 13th century and surviving in but a single manuscript; with Selden's masterly dissertation "loaded . . . with his remarkable erudition
Condition:
Early 1/4 calf, crudely rebacked, some foxing; a usable copy only
Book No.:
W-65507
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, English Law
 
Author:
Rudd, G.R.
Title:
The English Legal System
Publisher:
Butterworths, London, 1962.
Description:
Condition:
Original green cloth, quite marked, ex-library; a usable copy only
Book No.:
W-91218
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
English Law, introductory law
Author:
Title:
A Booke of Proclamations, published since the beginning of his Maiesties most happy Reigne ouer England . . . Untill this present Moneth of Febr. 3. Anno Dom. 1609. S.T.C. 7759
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1610.
Description:
First edition of a controversial work, viewed by the House of Commons as demonstrating James's attempt to effect unilaterally by proclamation acts requiring Parliamentary consent, leading to the voiding of those contended to be especially grevious
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, quite rubbed, some marginal worming; with an ?unrecorded "Books printed or sold by William Leak" on the rear pastedown
Book No.:
W-78271
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
The Jurisdiction of the Lords House, or Parliament, Considered According to Antient Records. To Which is Prefixed by . . . Francis Hargrave, Esq. an Introductory Preface, Including a Narrative of the Same Jurisdiction from the Accession of James the First
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies . . . in the Strand, London, 1796.
Description:
Sole edition of Hale's principal contribution to English constitutional law, praised by Maitland and Holdsworth ("a striking testimony to Hale's mastery of records"), proposing what were to become the modern judicial powers of the House of Lords
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, well preserved with notations and markings principally in lightish pencil throughout; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79393
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Parliament, House of Lords, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Henrici Octaui . . . at his parliament holden at Westminster . . . hath do to be ordeined, made, and enacted certaine statutes and ordinaunces in maner & fourme folowyng [1510]. S.T.C. 9360.5 [including this copy]; Beale S114
Publisher:
Imprinted at London in Fletestrete by Thomas Powell, London, 1563?.
Description:
The acts of Henry VIII's first parliament, strengthening the rule of law by condemning the actions of Empson and Dudley in Henry VII's reign [c.12] and repealing the trial of non-capital statutory offences upon information without indictment [c.6]
Condition:
Modern unlettered cloth, rubbed and somewhat worn, a good copy with ample margins and the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79308
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, criminal law, English constitutional law
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
Lex Constitutionis: or, the Gentleman's Law. Being A Compleat Treatise of all the Laws and Statutes relating to the King and the Prerogative of the Crown; the Nobility; and House of Lords . . . And Also, An Introduction to the Common Law of England [etc]
Publisher:
Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling . . . for B. Lintot, London, 1719.
Description:
First edition of a work for which Jacob claimed he had consulted over one hundred authorities, praised by Holdsworth as "a learned book . . . the idea of making such a book was original; and the main features of the constitution are set out"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, extra gilt, gilt crests ("Mea Gloria Fides"), rubbed, the lower spine just chipped, else clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78916
Price:
$ 1350.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
An Analysis of the Laws of England. Sixth Edition. Eller 223
Publisher:
Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1771.
Description:
The received edition of Blackstone's analytical schema underlying his Commentaries, and the only edition to appear after the publication of his famous work, this edition designed to correspond "exactly" [Blackstone's word] with them
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, some foxing to the title and a bit elsewhere, else a good copy, with the two folding tables, the margin of one a bit frayed
Book No.:
W-77858
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
18TH CENTURY, English Law, jurisprudence
 
Author:
Baker, John
Title:
Collected Papers on English Legal History. Three Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, New York, 2013.
Description:
Eighty-four essays written over a forty year period, the fruits of Sir John Baker's marvelous and eminently engaging and readable scholarship, meriting the comparison with Maitland's Collected Papers also issued in three volumes over a century ago
Condition:
Original blue cloth, gilt, housed in a protective, though slightly bumped, blue box; otherwise as new
Book No.:
W-78379
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal in the Case of . . . William Lord Archbishop of Canterbury [and the six other bishops] [with] The Tryals of Henry Cornish, Esq; for Conspiring the Death of the King, And raising a Rebellion [etc.]. Wing P3555A and T2250. Folio
Publisher:
[1] Printed for Thomas Basset [2] Printed . . . by George Croom, London, 1689 & 1685.
Description:
First edition of one of the great cases of English law, confirming Parliament's right to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation, coupled with the trial of the London sheriff whose execution "secured his place in the pantheon of whig martyrs"
Condition:
Modern vellum slightly bowed, the title pages quite darkened, the portrait of the bishops trimmed and repaired, a working copy; with the errata slip
Book No.:
W-78150
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Bacon, Nathaniel
Title:
An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England, From the First Times to the End of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. With A Vindication of the Antient Way of Parliaments . . . from some Manuscript Notes of John Selden. Wing S2428
Publisher:
Printed for John Starkey [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The work establishing the reputation of Bacon, the half-brother of Francis Bacon, probably based on notes collected by John Selden, highly influential and "argu[ing] with unrelenting force an anti-royalist ideology of enormous political power"
Condition:
Contemporary speckled, panelled calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed and scraped and some browning, mainly lightish, else a very good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-77069
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England. Edited by William Carey Jones, Director of the School of Jurisprudence, University of California. Two Volumes [complete]. Not in Eller [compare Eller 136]; Lauechli 257 Notes
Publisher:
Bancroft-Whitney Company, San Francisco, 1916.
Description:
The last edition apart from modern reprints, based on William Hammond's edition, with Hammond's bibliography, a supplementary chapter on conflict of laws by Orrin Kip McMurray, and Jones's essay, which includes a biographical sketch of Blackstone
Condition:
Original black pebbled limp cloth, prayer-book style, Edition De Luxe, an especially well-preserved set
Book No.:
W-78324
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
18TH CENTURY, English Law, jurisprudence, 18TH CENTURY, English Law, jurisprudence
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England. Edited by William Carey Jones, Director of the School of Jurisprudence, University of California. Two Volumes [complete]. Not in Eller [compare Eller 136]; Lauechli 257 Notes
Publisher:
Bancroft-Whitney Company, San Francisco, 1916.
Description:
The last edition apart from modern reprints, based on William Hammond's edition, with Hammond's bibliography, a supplementary chapter on conflict of laws by Orrin Kip McMurray, and Jones's essay, which includes a biographical sketch of Blackstone
Condition:
Original black pebbled limp cloth, prayer-book style, Edition De Luxe, an especially well-preserved set
Book No.:
W-78324
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
18TH CENTURY, English Law, jurisprudence, 18TH CENTURY, English Law, jurisprudence
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Law Tracts. Two Volumes. Eller 238
Publisher:
Clarendon Press, London, 1762.
Description:
The first collected edition of any of Blackstone's works, four in number, with the second volume devoted entirely to his pathbreaking essay on Magna Carta, accompanied by his painstakingly edited texts of it, its confirmations, and other works
Condition:
Modern sprinkled calf, gilt, lightly browned, else a very good set, with both plates and with the reproduced royal seals in the second volume
Book No.:
W-76149
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
13TH CENTURY, English Law, Magna Carta
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Commentaries on the Laws of England. Four Volumes. Eller 2; Laeuchli 3 [First Editions of Volumes III and IV, Second Editions of Volumes I and II]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1766-69.
Description:
An early, mixed edition of the pre-eminently collectible work of Anglo-American law, the principal fruits of Blackstone's Vinerian Professorship at Oxford, the first legal chair in the English speaking world whose first occupant was Blackstone
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the spines elaborately gilt in a lighter colored leather, a good, wide-margined set
Book No.:
W-78120
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
jurisprudence, English Law
Author:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
A Collection of Tracts Relative to the Law of England, from Manuscripts, Now First Edited [etc.]. Volume 1 [all published] [without the errata]
Publisher:
Printed by T. Wright: And sold by E. Brooke [etc.], London, 1787.
Description:
Hargrave's editing of some of the choicest manuscripts from his personal library, including previously unpublished works by Blackstone and Hale, Holdsworth characterizing the effort as one of Hargrave's two "principal service[s] to legal history"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked, ex-library, browning, occasional early and informed notations; a good usable copy
Book No.:
W-77563
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English Law, Manuscripts
Author:
Title:
A Subsidy Granted to the King, of Tonnage, and Poundage, and other Sums of Money, payable upon Merchandize Exported and Imported. Together with a Book of Rates [with] Rules and Instructions for the Tare of Goods & Merchandize [etc.]. Wing E2315 and E923A
Publisher:
Printed by Chr. Barker [and] Printed Anno Dom., London, 1661 & 1663.
Description:
Two rare works marking the evolution of one of the foremost constitutional debates of the seventeenth century, as Parliament granted Charles II these two important subsidies for his life, in contrast to the much circumscribed grants formerly made
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, rubbed, rebacked, portions of the original spine laid down, the Taussig copy; three and two copies in ESTC respectively
Book No.:
W-78110
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
international law, maritime law, economics, English constitutional law
Author:
Holdsworth, W.S.
Title:
A History of English Law. Eighteen Volumes With the Tables and Index by Edward Potten published in 1924 and the General Index by John Burke published in 1972 [complete]
Publisher:
Methuen & Co Ltd and Sweet and Maxwell, London, 1922-72.
Description:
A complete edition of Holdsworth's monumental history, with the extremely helpful 17th index volume, all but the first four volumes first editions, the work in its entirety achieving completion in 1972, almost three decades after Holdsworth's death
Condition:
Original cloth, showing some wear, the spines of the first ten volumes faded, and the heads of a few spines chipped, else a good set
Book No.:
W-78606
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury, at the Sessions of the Peace Held for the City and Liberty of Westminster, &c. On Thursday the 29th of June, 1749. Published By Order of the Court, and at the unanimous Request of the Gentlemen of the Grand Jury
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar . . . in the Strand, London, 1749.
Description:
Arguably the most famous grand jury charge ever delivered, "a masterly and assured model of its kind", citing Bracton, Coke, Hale and Hawkins inter alia, and setting forth Fielding's views on the state of English society and its needed reforms
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, the title somewhat browned and with a circular stain, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79299
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges, legal reform, English Law
Author:
Prynne, William
Title:
A Plea for the Lords, and House of Peers: Or, A full, necessary, seasonable, enlarged Vindication, of the just, antient hereditary Right of the Lords, Peers, and Barons of this Realm to sit, vote, judge in all the Parliamemts [sic] of England. Wing P4034
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, London, 1658.
Description:
The tract first published in 1648, attacking the rising political power of the Levellers, here much expanded a decade later as Cromwell established a House of Lords, confirming both Prynne's enormous legal knowledge and his controversialist talents
Condition:
Contemporary mottled calf, mottled edges, especially crisp and appealing, once the copy of John Evelyn, with the modern booksticker; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78360
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal [of the Seven Bishops] [with] Atkyns, An Inquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes [with] Atkyns, The Power, Jurisdiction and Priviledge of Parliament [with] Langhorne, King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws
Publisher:
Imprints vary; Wing S564, A4138, A4141, and L396, all folios, London, 1687-89.
Description:
Four works central to English constitutional law and the Glorius Revolution, establishing the right of Parliament to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation and strengthening the power of the jury as the ultimate constitutional arbiter
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, with the portrait and two advertising leaves (one repaired), generally clean and well preserved; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79360
Price:
$ 1000.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Title:
Divers of the Members of the Parliaments in the Reign of the late King Charles the Second, and the Aldermen and Common Council of the City of London, pursuant to His Highness the Prince of Orange's Desire, meeting . . . 26th December 1688. Wing D1708
Publisher:
Printed by John Starkey, Awnsham and William Churchill [etc.], London, 1688.
Description:
The meeting at which William sought advice on achieving his Declaration of Reasons, leading to his and Mary's acceptance of the Declaration of Rights on February 13, 1689, "mark[ing] the end of the most critical phase of the Glorious Revolution"
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, some browning and staining, else sound with untrimmed margins, measuring about 8x12 inches, four pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79511
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Mortimer, Thomas
Title:
Lectures on the Elements of Commerce, Politics, and Finances; Intended as a Companion to Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England; And peculiarly calculated to qualify Young Noblemen and Gentlemen for . . . Parliamentary Business. Not in Eller
Publisher:
Printed by A. Strahan . . . for T.N. Longman and G. Rees [etc.], London, 1801.
Description:
Only edition of Mortimer's wide-ranging lectures, expressly dependent on Blackstone ("the many editions of that excellent work"), as well as John Selden and Lord Somers, and a host of continental writers, including Montesquieu and Pufendorf
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some lightish foxing and browning, else a very good copy; with a ?supplied frontispiece portrait not noted in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76718
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Commercial Law, English Law, Parliament
Author:
Title:
An Index to the Records, with Directions to the several Places where they are to be found. And Short Explanations of the different Kinds of Rolls, Writs, &c. To which is added A List of the Latin Sir-Names, and Names of Places [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed and sold by P. Uriel, in the Inner Temple Lane, London, 1775?.
Description:
The rare final edition of the work (variously attributed to Sir Joseph Ayloffe or John Strachy) providing the 18th century location of the great mass of England's public records; with a list of Latin surnames and placenames in English translation
Condition:
Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, a very good crisp copy, with the errata and advertising leaves; no copy in OCLC, three in ESTC
Book No.:
W-77244
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
An Analysis of the Laws of England. To Which is Prefixed an Introductory Discourse on the Study of the Law. Third Edition. Eller 219; Lauechli 522
Publisher:
Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1758.
Description:
The analytical schema underlying Blackstone's "Commentaries", providing the syllabus of his Vinerian lectures at Oxford; this edition is the first to bear Blackstone's name and to contain his Introductory Discourse (delivered that year) and an index
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the boards darkened at the joints, light browning, else quite clean with both tables, one folding; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79399
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
English Law, jurisprudence
 
Author:
Trusler, John
Title:
A Summary of the Constitutional Law of England, Being an Abridgement of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, Knt, One of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas. Not in Eller; Laeuchli 123
Publisher:
W. Sleater, No. 28, and W. Colles, No. 17, Dame-street, Dublin, 1790.
Description:
The only Irish edition of the first abridgment of Blackstone, the earliest of three abridgments to appear in the 18th century, designed "to make Blackstone's Commentaries useful to all Classes of People"; uncommon, three copies in ESTC in the USA
Condition:
Modern 1/4 leather over boards, somewhat rubbed and chafed, some browning, but sound, with the advertising leaf preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78935
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Abridgements, English constitutional law
Author:
Comyns, John (comp.)
Title:
A Digest of the Laws of England, By the Right Honourable Sir John Comyns, Knight; Late Lord Chief Baron of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer. Continued down to the present Time, By a Gentleman of the Inner Temple. Five Volumes [complete]. Cowley 272
Publisher:
Printed for Luke White, Dame-Street, Dublin, 1785.
Description:
The sole Irish edition of "[t]he last of the great common law abridgments", praised by Justice Story, achieving "the perfection of Bacon's system", and marking the great step towards the scientifically arranged modern abridgment
Condition:
Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, one label chipped and one joint cracking but firm, one leaf misbound, else quite an attractive set; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78412
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
digests, English Law
Author:
Brydall [Bridall], John
Title:
Speculum Juris Anglicani, Or, A View of the Laws of England, As They are divided into Statutes, Common-Law and Customs: Incidentally, Of the Customs appertaining to the Famous City of London, never before Printed [etc.]. Wing B5267
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, Eliz. Flesher and H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1673.
Description:
Only edition (of two variant printings) of Brydall's first introductory treatise on English law, to be followed by his 'Enchiridion Legum' later in the year, "clearly written; and . . . doubtless useful to the students for which they were intended"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, somewhat stained, neatly rebacked, the top margin cut a bit close (no text affected), else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79287
Price:
$ 1400.00
Category:
English Law, Acts, London
Author:
Leach, John
Title:
The Speech of John Leach, Esq. M.P. In the Committee of the Whole House, upon the State of the Nation . . . upon the Question of Limitations to the Royal Authority in the Hands of the Regent. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Ridgway, 170, Piccadilly [etc.], London, 1811.
Description:
The rare edition of the historically grounded speech in which, following the madness of George III, Leach "distinguished himself in the Regency debates", reviewing from the 14th century forward the constitutional limits to be imposed upon a regency
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, occasional light marginal staining, else a very good copy, with the half-title; no copy in this country in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76397
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
insanity, Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
A Letter to Junius. By the Author of the Answer to the "Question Stated". Not in Eller nor Laeuchli
Publisher:
Printed for James Fletcher and Co. [and two others], London, 1769.
Description:
A rare part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, Junius later speculating that the "Author" was Blackstone, this copy so noting in a contemporary hand on the title page; four copies in ESTC, none in North America
Condition:
Modern stabbed plain wraps, light foxing, ex-Birmingham Law Society, else a very good copy with ample margins; 15 pages
Book No.:
W-79167
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Law
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:
Title:
The Case of the Late Election for the County of Middlesex, Considered On the Principles of the Constitution, and the Authorities of Law. Compare Eller 231 [citing an unseen variant of 48 pages, our copy the 44 page printing]; Laeuchli 539 [this variant]
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell (Successor to Mr. Millar) in the Strand, London, 1769.
Description:
Part of the Wilkes controversy, invoking the common law as the source of the House of Common's power to expel a member, the "substantial work [which] has been credited to Jeremiah Dyson [and] Blackstone", its author now thought to be Owen Ruffhead
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, light browning, the margins cut somewhat close (no text affected), without the half title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78792
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
The Kings Maiesties Speech, as it was deliuered by him in the vpper house of the Parliament . . . On Munday the 19 day of March 1603. being the first day of this present Parliament, and the first Parliament of his Maiesties Raigne. S.T.C. 14390.3
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1604.
Description:
James I's initial parliamentary speech, foretelling the issues to figure large during his reign, "disclos[ing] at once the wide gulf fixed between the royal policy and public opinion", with a focus on religion, both on Roman Catholics and on Puritans
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, light browning, with the initial blank (somewhat dusty and marked, as is the last blank); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79477
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, Religion, English constitutional law
Author:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
Collectanea Juridica. Consisting of Tracts Relative to the Law and Constitution of England. Two Volumes [complete] [with the "A Register of Law Publications" of 32 and 26 pages in the first and second volumes, respectively, not found in all sets]
Publisher:
Printed for E. and R. Brooke, Bell-Yard, Temple-Bar, London, 1791-92.
Description:
One of two works which Holdsworth termed Hargrave's "principal service to legal history", a rich and diverse selection of forty previously unpublished tracts from his extraordinary collection ultimately purchased and deposited in the British Library
Condition:
Contemporary calf, much rubbed, joints just cracking but quite firm, labels lacking, else very clean and bright; the Taussig set
Book No.:
W-79486
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Star Chamber, Bibliography

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