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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:
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:
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. Eller 231 [citing the University of Chicago Library copy of 48 pages, as here]. 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 marbled stabbed wraps, light browning, the half-title a bit dusty, else a good, generously margined copy; 48 pages
Book No.:
W-77790
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Gulielmi III. Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae & Hiberniae Septimo [through] Anno Regni Gulielmi XII and XIII [etc.] Six Volumes. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, London, 1696-1701.
Description:
A substantial collection of the legislation of the parliaments of William III, including significant legislation on the Bank of England, coinage, the Poor Law, and, most importantly, the Act of Settlement, complementing the English Bill of Rights
Condition:
Five of the six volumes in contemporary calf, the sixth in modern 1/4 calf, a few joints just cracking, but sturdy and usable; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78761
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Parliament, Acts, banks, poor law, legal reform, English constitutional law
Author:
Title:
An Ordinance of Parliament, Concerning The Subsidie of Tonnage and Poundage [and ten other contemporary acts and related works on tonnage and poundage] [a complete list gladly provided]
Publisher:
Printed by T. Badger [etc.] [imprints vary], London, 1642-47.
Description:
Eleven works, all but one rare, evidencing one of the foremost constitutional debates of the 17th century, as Parliament continued to circumscribe closely these two important subsidies to Charles I, not to be resolved finally until the Restoratation
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, quite rubbed, the margins cut close with some loss in the first work, legibility elsewhere preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78784
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Bacon, Nathaniel
Title:
An Historical Discourse of the Uniformity of the Government of England . . . From the first Times till the Reigne of Edward the third [with] A Continuation . . . Until the end of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. ?ESTC R473664 [not R8530 or R10585]
Publisher:
Printed for Matthew Walbancke at Grays-Inn-Gate [imprints vary], London, 1647 & 1651.
Description:
A possibly unique printing of the work establishing the reputation of Bacon, Francis Bacon's half-brother, the constitutional history of England whose early publication was suppressed, leading to the still disputed claim of Selden's association
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, the rear joint cracking but firm, else a good copy, with the bookplate of John Francis Neylan; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78788
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English constitutional 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:
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:
Pollock, Frederick and F.W. Maitland
Title:
The History of English Law, Before the Time of Edward I. Two Volumes
Publisher:
At the University Press, Cambridge, 1898.
Description:
The first issuance of the second (and best) edition of a classic, the 'opus mirabile' which remains the starting point in the study of medieval English law, written largely by Maitland in his luminous style
Condition:
Original cloth, showing definite wear, joints just splitting but firm, some foxing, yet a clean sturdy set
Book No.:
W-70574
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
English Law, MEDIEVAL
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 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:
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 vellum, the spine hand lettered, light browning, else a very good, wide-margined and untrimmed copy, with the remains of the original ties
Book No.:
W-77465
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
13TH CENTURY, MEDIEVAL, English 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:
Somers, John
Title:
A Brief History of the Succession, Collected out of the Records, and the Most Authentick Historians. Written for the Satisfaction of the Earl of H.[Halifax]. Wing S4638. Folio. [With line 5 of the title ending "and the"]
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1680.
Description:
First edition of one of the earliest writings of the future Lord Chancellor, vigorously defending the right of Parliament to participate in determining royal succession, "review[ing] in detail the history of the crown's descent, from earliest times"
Condition:
Modern light-green wraps, definite browning, a bit of marginal fraying to the first leaf, else a good copy; 19 pages
Book No.:
W-76888
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Parliament, English constitutional 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:
Title:
A Subsidy Granted to the King of Tonnage and Poundage [with] An Act For continuing the Excise 1660 [with] An Act For the present Nonimnating of Commissioners of Sewers [with] The Rates of Merchandise . . . Subsidy of Tonnage, Subsidy of Poundage [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [imprints vary], London, 1660.
Description:
Three acts and a related work principally bearing upon a major constitutional debate of the seventeenth century, as Parliament granted Charles II two important subsidies for his life, two of the three acts located in one copy only in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary mottled panelled calf, gilt, rebacked, bearing the Royal arms and manuscript paper label ("Inner 02-13"); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78814
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, economics, English constitutional law
Author:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Law Tracts, Containing I. An Essay on Collateral Consanguinity II. Considerations [on Copyholders] III. The Law of Descents in Fee-Simple IV. The Great Charter and Charter of the Forest [with] an Introductory Discourse [etc.] Eller 239; Lauechli 552
Publisher:
Printed for Elizabeth Watts, in Skinner-Row, Dublin, 1767.
Description:
The only Irish printing of the first collected edition of any of Blackstone's works, four in number, including his pathbreaking essay on Magna Carta, accompanied by his painstakingly edited texts of it and its confirmations, and three other works
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the original label preserved, light browning, very occasional pencilling, with the two tables; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78829
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
13TH CENTURY, English Law, Magna Carta
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Tracts, Chiefly Relating to the Antiquities and Laws of England. Third Edition. Eller 240; Lauechli 553
Publisher:
Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1771.
Description:
The most complete edition of Blackstone's legal essays, said in part to be responsible for his appointment as Solicitor General, and including his famed essay on (and text of) Magna Carta, "of the first importance for the constitutional lawyer"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the boards rubbed and marked, the first and last blanks somewhat foxed and dusty, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78133
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Family Law, jurisprudence, marriage, Magna Carta, English constitutional 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:
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:
Title:
A Vindication of the Right of Election against the Disabling Power of the House of Commons, Shewing That Power to Be Contrary to The Principles of the Constitution . . . and Not Warranted by The Law and Usage of Parliament [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for G. Woodfall, at Charing-Cross [etc.], London, 1769.
Description:
Only edition of a tract written during the height of the Wilkes controversy, acknowledging the authority of both Montesquieu and, particularly, Blackstone, whose "Commentaries" and his "Case of the Late Election" are cited on several occasions
Condition:
Modern gray stabbed wraps, ex-library, else a very good copy; 72 pages
Book No.:
W-77510
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament, law of elections
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:
Somers, John, Lord
Title:
Jura Populi Anglicani: Or The Subject's Right of Petitioning Set forth. Occasioned by the Case of the Kentish Petitioners. With some Thoughts on the Reasons which induc'd those Gentlemen to Petition: And of the Commons Right of Imprisoning. Quarto
Publisher:
No Publisher, London, 1701.
Description:
First edition (variant) of the classic argument in support of the fundamental right of the people to petition the King and Parliament, premised on natural law and Magna Carta, and attributed to Somers, the "architect of the [English] Bill of Rights"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, some browning, the margins cut quite close, but all text legible, the Taussig copy; no copy in ESTC in a law library in this country
Book No.:
W-78188
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament, natural law, Magna Carta
 
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
Collectanea Juridica. Consisting of Tracts Relative to the Law and Constitution of England. Two Volumes
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:
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:
Taverner, Richard?
Title:
Institutions, or pryncypall groundes of the lawes and Statutes of Englande, newlye and verye truelye corrected and amended, with many newe and goodly additions, very profytable for all sortes of people to knowe [etc.]. S.T.C. 9293a (?variant); Beale T276
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Wyllyam Powell [etc.], London, 1551.
Description:
A rare edition of one of the most popular of sixteenth century English law books, and seemingly the first work designed to convey in layman's terms, and in English, the essence of English private law in all its aspects; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern calf, rebacked, generally clean and well preserved; possibly a variant with "Fletestrete" spelled correctly in the colophon; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78991
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Montagu, Basil
Title:
Essays [I. Thoughts upon the Punishment of Death II. Thoughts upon Liberty, and the Rights of Englishmen III. Thoughts upon the Conduct of the Understanding in the Discovery of Truth IV. Thoughts upon Imprisonment for Debt]
Publisher:
Printed for R. Hunter [and three others], London, 1824.
Description:
First edition of the collected essays of Montagu, the Lincoln's Inn barrister, noted reformer, and close friend of Coleridge, Godwin, Wordsworth, and others, upon the four principal subjects for which he is known; with the map and folding tables
Condition:
Contemporary straight grained morocco, lightly rubbed and a trace of foxing, presentation copy "With B Montagus / affectionate regards / 24 Nov / 1824"
Book No.:
W-76624
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
capital punishment, philosophy of law, Imprisonment for Debt, English constitutional law
Author:
Selden, John (ed.)
Title:
Fleta, Seu Commentarius Juris Anglicani sic nuncupatus, sub Edwardo Rege primo seu circa annos abhinc CCCXL . . . Accedit Tractatulus vetus . . . Fet Assavoir . . . Subjungitur etiam Joannis Seldeni ad Fletam Dissertatio Historica [etc.]. Wing F1290A
Publisher:
Typis M.F. Prostant apud Guil. Lee, & Dan. Pakeman [etc.], London, 1647.
Description:
The best early edition of Fleta, one of the few substantial medieval English legal treatises, written in the late 13th century, and surviving it but a single manuscript; with Selden's masterly dissertation "loaded . . . with his remarkable erudition"
Condition:
Modern straight-grained morocco, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, lightly rubbed, some staining and marginal tears, else a good copy
Book No.:
W-76640
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, English Law, prisons
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:
Finch, Henrie
Title:
Nomotexnia; Cestascavoir, vn Description del Common Leys Dangleterre Solonque les Rules del Art. Parallelees ove les Prerogatives le Roy. Ovesque auxy le substance & effect de les Estatutes . . . per le quels le Common Ley est abridge [etc.]. STC 10870
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Stationers, London, 1613.
Description:
First edition of "the pioneer book of the institutes of English law", now recognized to be Finch's final revision of this work as, in Wilfrid Prest's words, Finch successfully sought "to formulate a comprehensive overview of England's common law"
Condition:
Contemporary gilt panelled vellum, small worming, the front hinge detaching, else especially lovely, with John Sparrow's bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78266
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
English 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:
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:
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:
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:
Blackstone, William
Title:
Law Tracts. Two Volumes. Eller 238; Lauechli 551
Publisher:
At the 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 1/4 calf, marbled boards, gilt, lightly browned, else a very good set, with both plates and with the reproduced royal seals in the second volume
Book No.:
W-78660
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
13TH CENTURY, English Law, Magna Carta
Author:
Title:
A Booke of Proclamations, published since the beginning of his Maiesties most happy Reigne ouer England [with] two manuscript tables of the proclamations of Elizabeth and a third extending the printed table from years 8 to the end of James. S.T.C. 7760
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1613.
Description:
Expanded 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 calf, rubbed, front board loose, else especially clean and fresh, the Taussig copy; uncommon, three copies in ESTC in North America
Book No.:
W-78685
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
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:
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

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