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Author:
Speed, Samuel
Title:
Fragmenta Carceris: Or, The Kings-Bench Scuffle; with the Humors of the Common-Side. The Kings Bench Letany, and the Legend of Duke Humphrey. Wing S4901. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by J.R. for Tho. Rooks at the Lamb and Ink Bottle [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
The work in verse dedicated to his fellow prisoners by Speed, the bookseller arrested on charges of publishing and distributing seditious works, full of irony and humor, opining that "Wisdom is the Wing of the Soul", in or out of prison
Condition:
Later mottled calf, gilt, rebacked, the original spine laid down, light browning, the margins cut close (main text unaffected); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79917
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Poetry, humor, prisons, Law and Literature, criminal law
Author:
Brome, Alexander
Title:
The Record of a Famous Action upon the Case. In Rythme. Wherein Priscilla Morecrave, Widow, was the Plaintiff, and Roger Pricklove was the Defendant. Being An Essay towards the Reformation of the Law [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for J. Roberts at the Oxford Arms in Warwick-lane, London, 1727.
Description:
The rare reissue of Brome's satire humorously skewering in verse the Commonwealth's dictate that English be used in the law courts, here appearing some seventy years later, as again legal proceedings were proposed to be (and finally were) in English
Condition:
Modern boards, somewhat rubbed, else clean with ample margins and with the Fairfax of Cameron bookplate, six copies in ESTC, 12 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78296
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
humor, Poetry, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Officium Clerici Pacis. A Book of Indictments, Informations, Appeals & Inquisitions. Also, The manner of holding the Sessions of Peace; With divers other Matters Relating thereunto, and necessary to be known by Justices of the Peace. Wing W60A
Publisher:
Printed for William Jacob . . . and Charles Smith [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
First edition of a comprehensive work reaching a fifth edition over the course of a half century, setting out both procedurally and substantively the practice before justices of the peace, with (quoting Bacon) the charge to the jury in Latin verse
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt ruled and lettered, some foxing and browning, else quite sound, with the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79882
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
justices of peace, criminal law, Poetry
 
Author:
Orwell, George
Title:
The Complete Poetry. Compiled and presented by Dione Venables with an introduction by Peter Davison [the editor of 'The Complete Works of George Orwell']
Publisher:
Published by Finlay Publisher for The Orwell Society, London, 2015.
Description:
The long overdue gathering of the verse of George Orwell, who "scattered poetry throughout his work in every conceivable form", instructively glossed by Dione Venables, who was instrumental in the founding of The Orwell Society in 2011
Condition:
Original printed green wraps, as new, one of 500 copies of the first printing of the first edition, with the errata slip pasted in at page 57; 63 pages
Book No.:
W-78428
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
Poetry
Author:
Title:
The Lawyers Demurrer, To the Addresses in Fashion. Or, the Several Declarations and Orders of the Honourable Societies of the Middle-Temple, and Grays-Inn, lately made in Relation to that Affair. Wing L740
Publisher:
Printed for Richard Janeway [etc.], London, 1681.
Description:
A major political brouhaha involving all four inns of court, this their official position, leading to Alexander Radcliffe's verse response ('The Lawyers Demurrer Argued') satirically describing them as "a parcel of Whiggs / The Spawn of some Rebells"
Condition:
Broadsheet measuring about 8x12 inches, the margins a bit chipped but ample, now safely housed in a modern buckram folder; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79879
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Poetry
Author:
Title:
In re Williams versus Garbett. The Judgment of an Ecclesiastical Court
Publisher:
Printed and Published by J. Vincent, Oxford, 1842.
Description:
A rare tract, a sharp satire (appropriately in verse) of the contested 1842 election of the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, devolving into an ecclesiastical dispute and "mark[ing] the beginning of the decline of the Tractarian movement in Oxford"
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, a usable if somewhat fragile copy, 15 pages; no copy in COPAC, three in OCLC
Book No.:
W-76870
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law, Poetry
Author:
Moile, Nicholas Thirning [i.e. Henry Bliss]
Title:
State Trials. Specimen of a New Edition
Publisher:
Simpkin, Marshall and Co., London, 1838.
Description:
Condition:
Modern cloth, a bit rubbed, but quite a sound copy
Book No.:
W-48129
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, Poetry

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