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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:
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:
St. John, Oliver
Title:
Mr St-John's Speech to the Lords in the Upperhouse of Parliament: January 7, 1640. Concerning Ship-Money. S.T.C. 21589.3 [variant, with "L. Finches sollici-tation only, &" on E1 and "SPEECH" on the first page of text]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed Anno Domini, 1640 [i.e. 1641] [by Elizabeth Purslowe], London, 1641.
Description:
St. John's ultimately successful argument in one of the great constitutional cases of English legal history, circumscribing the King's prerogative to declare a national emergency (and to tax the country at large) without Parliamentary consent
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the title a bit dusty, else quite clean and bright with occasional contemporary notations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79694
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
English constitutional 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 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:
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:
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:
The Address Of the Honourable the House of Commons: Presented to His Majesty On Thursday the 25th day of April, 1689. With His Majesty's Answer Thereunto. Wing E2514. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and Thomas Newcomb [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The official and sole London printing of the Commons address offering full support (with William's acceptance) for a declaration of war on France, following the arrival of James II from France in Ireland in mid-March, with war in fact declared May 7
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, title (verso blank) plus two pages, three folds, one manuscript notation, clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79605
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, English Law, military law, IRELAND, FRANCE
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:
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:
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:
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
Author:
Title:
Defensio Legis: Or, The Whole State of England Inquisited and Defended for General Satisfaction. By a Person of Honour. Wing D822A
Publisher:
Printed for, and are to be sold by George Savile [etc.], London, 1674.
Description:
The rare variant printing of an idiosyncratic analysis of law and equity and much else, its criticisms ("Sophistical Cavils or idle Belches against the Common Law") stated and then responded to (and disposed of); one copy in North America in ESTC
Condition:
Modern brown morocco, gilt lettered, the joints a bit rubbed, ex-library, else quite clean and crisp, with the errata; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79573
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English 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:
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:
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:
Brydall, John
Title:
The Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seal, the Privy Seal, the Exchequer Seal, and the Signet. Also of those Grand Officers to whose Custody these Seals are committed. Wing B5263aA
Publisher:
Printed, and are to be sold by Dan. Browne [etc.], London, 1696.
Description:
The rare reissue of one of Brydall's earliest works, reflecting his expertise while secretary to the Master of the Rolls, one of his productive corpus of some three dozen published treatises and another thirty left in manuscript; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Later 1/4 morocco gilt-lettered, untrimmed, with the seven page books printed by Thomas Dring and John Leigh not noted in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79672
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Title:
His Maiesties Declaration, Touching his proceedings in the late Assemblie and Conuention of Parliament. S.T.C. 9241. Quarto [with the front blank signature "A" preceding the title]
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill [etc.], London, 1622.
Description:
James I defence of his dissolution of the Parliament of 1621, Coke having had his books and papers seized and been imprisoned in the Tower, leading "to a constitutional confrontation with the king over [the Commons] privilege of free speech"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 green morocco over marbled boards, the spine very lightly faded, light browning, the top margin cut a bit close, yet crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79536
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Parliament, English constitutional law, freedom of speech
Author:
Title:
A Proclamation declaring his Maiesties Pleasure concerning the dissoluing of the present Conuention of Parliament. S.T.C. 8678. Quarto
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill [etc.], London, 1622.
Description:
James I proclamation dissolving the Parliament of 1621, Coke having his books and papers seized and being imprisoned in the Tower for months, leading "to a constitutional confrontation with the king over [the Commons'] privilege of free speech"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, some lightish staining throughout, else sound and usable, printed in black letter; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79781
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
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 Conference Desired by the Lords and Had by a Committee of both Houses, Concerning the Rights and Privileges of the Subjects. Discoursed by . . . Master Selden [and] Sir Edward Cooke. With the Objections . . . and the Answers. Wing E1284C
Publisher:
Printed by A.N. for Mathew Walbancke, and Richard Best [etc.], London, 1642.
Description:
The all-important first portion of the debates leading up to the Petition of Right, recording the arguments and authorities of Coke, Digges, Littleton, and Selden, Sir Robert Heath's objections as Attorney General, and their answers in response
Condition:
Modern 1/4 unlettered calf over marbled boards and edges, some browning and staining, but crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79652
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Selden, John (ed.)
Title:
Fleta, Seu Commentarius Juris Anglicani sic Nuncupatus, sub Edwardo Rege Primo . . . Accedit Tractatulus vetus . . . Fet Assavoir . . . Subjungitur etiam Joan. Seldeni ad Fletam Dissertatio Historica. Editio Secunda. Wing F1291. Quarto
Publisher:
Typis S.R. Prostant apud H. Twyford [and three others] [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
Selden's edition of Fleta, one of the few medieval English legal treatises, with his Dissertation upon it, called a "sophisticated survey of the history of Roman law in medieval Europe and England [and] his most mature piece of scholarship"
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, the ?original label laid down, very light browning, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79881
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
MEDIEVAL, English Law, roman law
Author:
Title:
His Maiesties Declaration to All His louing Subiects, Of the causes which moued him to dissolue the last Parliament. Published by his Maiesties speciall command. Not in S.T.C. [the variant printing with "Declaration" spelled correctly]. ESTC S122629
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Bonham Norton and Iohn Bill [etc.], London, 1629.
Description:
The dissolution by Charles I of the parliament which had secured the Petition of Right in large part through Sir Edward Coke's efforts, to result in prerogative rule only for the succeeding decade and then to the turmoil of the 1640's and Cromwell
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, some browning, the top margin cut close affecting a few running heads, without the first and last blanks; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79551
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Parliament, English constitutional law
Author:
Meredith, William
Title:
Letter to Dr. Blackstone, By the Author of the Question Stated. To which is prefixed, Dr. Blackstone's Letter to Sir William Meredith. Eller 259
Publisher:
Printed for G. Woodfall, Charing Cross [etc.], London, 1770.
Description:
Part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, and most embarrassing for Blackstone, accused of saying one thing in his 'Commentaries' and another as a Member of Parliament, in Ian Doolittle's words "caught leaden-footed in debate"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a very good crisp copy; with the half-title
Book No.:
W-77718
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
law of elections, English constitutional law
Author:
Smith, Thomas
Title:
De Republica Anglorum. The maner of Governement or policie of the Realme of England, compiled by . . . Thomas Smyth Knight, Doctor of both the lawes, and one of the principal Secretaries vnto . . . King Edward . . . and Queene Elizabeth. S.T.C. 22858
Publisher:
Printed by Henrie Midleton for Gregorie Seton, anno Domini 1584, London, 1584.
Description:
Second edition of the first English treatise on comparative constitutional law, highly regarded by Maitland, who adjudged that the work "will be quoted and transcribed so long as men take any interest in the history of the English constitution"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco, a trifle browned with a trace of marginal staining, headlines occasionally just shaved, with the Ehrman bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79418
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Comparative Law
Author:
Title:
Tuesday the 27th of December 1659. Resolved, &c. That on the fifth day of January next, this House will take into Consideration the Cases of all absent Members [and seven other Proclamations]. Steele 3142; 3144; 3146; 3147; 3152; 3157; and 3159
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater [imprints vary], London, 1659-60.
Description:
Eight rare or uncommon proclamations documenting Parliament's actions during the tumultuous months when England faced a military takeover, avoided with the restoration of Charles II and "ensur[ing] the future of parliamentary government in England"
Condition:
Seven broadsides, each about 8x12 inches, some browning and irregularity, several with partial tears, but all textually complete; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79345
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Parliament
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:
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:
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:
Fortescue, John
Title:
The Difference Between an Absolute and Limited Monarchy; As it more particularly regards the English Constitution . . . Faithfully Transcribed from the MS. Copy in the Bodleian Library . . . Published with some Remarks by John Fortescue-Aland [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by W. Bowyer in White-Fryars, for E. Parker [etc.], London, 1714.
Description:
First edition of "the earliest constitutional treatise written in the English language", one of Fortescue's major works, written by him in the 1470's, its modern edition (by Charles Plummer) published under the title 'The Governance of England'
Condition:
Contemporary speckled, panelled, Cambridge style calf, the joints cracked and repaired, new endpapers, else clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79331
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
15TH CENTURY, Comparative Law, English constitutional law, Parliament, political theory
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli . . . At the Parliament begun at Westminster the 18. day of Iune, Anno Dom. 1625. in the first yeere of the Reigne of our most gracious Souereigne Lord, Charles . . . And there continued [etc.]. S.T.C. 9509. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Robert Barker, & John Bill [etc.], London, 1630 (1629).
Description:
One of only two contemporary printings of the legislation of Charles' first Parliament, its dissolution leading to the Petition of Right, "terminat[ing] the opening scene in the long tragedy that ended twenty-four years later upon the scaffold"
Condition:
Modern boards, some browning and staining, without the two subsidies acts and the first blank, else usable with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79475
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, 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:
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:
Bohun, William
Title:
Institutio Legalis: Or, An Introduction to the Study and Practice of the Laws of England . . . I. The Practice of the Court of King's Bench. II . . . of Common Pleas. III. The Nature of all Actions . . . IV. The Order and Method of Pleading. 3rd Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [for five others], London, 1724.
Description:
The penultimate edition of the work which Holdsworth singles out of all the books "which set out to teach students the elements of the law of procedure and pleading", with its minute instructions for conducting litigation and for preparing a record
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind tooled and decorated calf, quite rubbed, joints cracking but holding, else very clean and bright; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79564
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
English constitutional law, introductory law, English Law, pleading
Author:
Bohun, William
Title:
Institutio Legalis: Or, An Introduction to the Study and Practice of the Laws of England . . . I. The Practice of the Court of King's Bench. II . . . of Common Pleas. III. The Nature of all Actions . . . IV. The Order and Method of Pleading. 3rd Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [for five others], London, 1724.
Description:
The penultimate edition of the work which Holdsworth singles out of all the books "which set out to teach students the elements of the law of procedure and pleading", with its minute instructions for conducting litigation and for preparing a record
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind tooled and decorated calf, quite rubbed, joints cracking but holding, else very clean and bright; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79564
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
English constitutional law, introductory law, English Law, pleading

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