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Author:
Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:
De Pace Regis et Regni, viz. A Treatise declaring which be the great and generall Offences of the Realme . . . as Treasons, Homicides, and Felonies, Menaces, Assaults, Batteries, Ryots, Routs, Vnlawfull assemblies [etc.]. S.T.C. 20497. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1615.
Description:
The penultimate edition of the first work on English criminal law written in English, exceptionally thorough, called by Holdsworth "comprehensive and well arranged", with extensive (even exhaustive) references and sidenotes complementing the text
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, a bit rubbed, rebacked, some fore-margins cut close, but legibility preserved, particularly clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78368
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno XIIII Reginae Elizabethe. At the parliament begunne and holden at Westminster . . . in the xiiii yeere of the raigne [1572] of our most gracious soueraigne Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as folowith. S.T.C. 9478; Beale S296
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . in Powles Churche yarde by Richard Jugge [etc.], London, 1573-75.
Description:
The Parliament convened at the height of the perceived threat of Mary Queen of Scots to Elizabeth, the law of treason strengthened and the penalties upon those attempting to rescue those held, as Mary was, on charges of treason enhanced [c.2]
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf, somewhat rubbed and lightly browned, the act on vagabonds and relief of the poor [c.5] with an extensive gloss; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79411
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, poor law
Author:
Madan, Martin
Title:
Thoughts on Executive Justice, with Respect to our Criminal Laws, Particularly on the Circuits. Dedicated to the Judges of Assize; And recommended to the Perusal of All Magistrates; and to all Persons who are liable to serve on Crown Juries
Publisher:
Printed for J. Dodsley, in Pall-Mall, London, 1785.
Description:
An important part of the literature on capital punishment, criticizing the overly frequent granting of pardons and reprieves, prompting a response from a youthful Samuel Romilly and marking the beginning of the public debate on the death penalty
Condition:
First edition, in a contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, else very clean and bright, G.D. Squibb's copy with his bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79765
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
legal reform, criminal law, capital punishment
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
Loffice Et aucthoritie de Iustices de peace, in part collect per le iades tresreuerend iudge, Mounsieur A. Fitzherbert et ore enlarge per Richard Crompton, vn Apprentice de le common ley [etc.]. S.T.C. 10978; Beale T329
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Richarde Tottill, London, 1583.
Description:
First edition of Crompton's major expansion of Fitzherbert's classic work, his separate treatment of the justices, their jurisdiction and powers, anticipating Lambarde and Dalton; with for the only time the valuable index compiled by William West
Condition:
Modern calf, double blind ruled, gilt lettered, light browning, lacking one leaf (folio 177), else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79423
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
justices of peace, coroners, criminal law, sheriffs
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli II Regis . . . Decimo Quarto. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Eighth day of May, Anno Dom. 1661 . . . And there continued . . . And thence Prorogued to the 18th of February then next following. Not in Wing. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1662.
Description:
The rare complete record of the first, major legislation of the Restoration's Cavalier Parliament, including the Licensing of the Press Act (c.33), the Act of Uniformity (c.4), and the Act for Better Relief of the Poor (c.12); five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, clean and well preserved with generous margins and the final blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79476
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, freedom of press, criminal law, Religion, poor law
Author:
Astry, James
Title:
A General Charge to All Grand Juries, with Advice to those of Life and Death, Nisi Prius, &c. Collected and Publish'd For the ease of Justices of the Peace . . . To which is Prefix'd, A Discourse of the Antiquity, Power and Duty of Juries [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for W. Turner . . . and Thomas Emery [etc.], London, 1703.
Description:
First edition of Astry's uncommon charge and his only work, devoted exclusively to criminal law and the role of the jury, his exposition on the jury followed by what is essentially an elementary treatise on crime, from high treason to misdemeanors
Condition:
Original unlettered sheep, the spine chipped and strengthened with tape, a clean working copy, with the bookplate of Harold Hemsley; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79542
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
justices of peace, criminal law, juries, Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Title:
Anno III & IIII. Edwardi Sexti. Actes made in the Session of this present parlament . . . the iiii daie of Nouembre, in the thirde yere of the reigne of our most dread Souuereigne Lorde Edward the vi [1549] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9430 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Rychard Grafton, London, 1553.
Description:
An early printing during a tumultuous year, Parliament enacting the first Riot Act [c.5], establishing a public militia [c.5], abolishing non-Church of England religious books and most images [c.10], and outlawing "phantasicall" prophecies [c.15]
Condition:
Modern 1/4 blue morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered, very light browning, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79223
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, law of slavery, military law, witchcraft
Author:
Title:
A Compleat Collection of State-Tryals, and Proceedings upon Impeachments for High Treason, and Other Crimes and Misdemeanours [with] A Supplement [in two volumes] to the Four Volumes of the First Edition. Six Volumes [complete]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Timothy Goodwin [and five others] [imprints vary], London, 1719-30.
Description:
First edition of the state trials, the massive effort continued and expanded upon for over a century and offering (in Holdsworth's words) "a unique value for constitutional and legal historians, and a very considerable value [for many others]"
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, quite worn, joints cracked, one board loose, spines varnished, the bindings not uniform, minor staining; a clean working set
Book No.:
W-78098
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno XXXI Reginae Elizabethae. At a Session of Parliament holden at Westminster. . . in the one and thirtieth yeere [1589] of our most gratious Soueraigne Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as followeth. S.T.C. 9488.5; Beale S304. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by the Deputies of Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1589.
Description:
The parliament enacting the 'Erection of Cottages Act' [c.7], requiring that any cottage built must have at least four acres of freehold or the equivalent, seeking to prevent overnight squatter construction, legislation not to be repealed until 1775
Condition:
Modern blind tooled 3/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and staining, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79447
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, poor law, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Minutes of the Proceedings before the Lords Committees for Privileges, On the Claim to the Title of Earl of Anglesey
Publisher:
N.p., Dublin, 1771.
Description:
A rare work recording the final decision upon the English estates part of "the most dramatic case ever arising under British law", memorialized in part in Smollett's "Peregrine Pickle" and featuring multiple bigamous marriages, forgery and perjury
Condition:
Original stabbed marbled wraps, lightly worn, a very good crisp copy, 64 pages, with the date of 1771 changed manually to 1772; five copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76948
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, law of heraldry, Law and Literature, criminal law, marriage
Author:
Title:
The Trials Of all the Prisoners Who Were Try'd at the Assizes held at Maidstone, for the County of Kent . . . before the Hon. Sir Thomas Denison, Knt. one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for G. Griffith . . . in the Little Old Bailey, London, 1750.
Description:
A rare example of criminal trials at assizes "in the country", twenty-five in total, for, among other crimes, robbery, arson, rape (two; one of a ten-year old), and stealing a mare, with jury verdicts from acquittal to death; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Later plain wraps, printed decorated paper label, hand-lettered, showing wear and a very little worming, else a good wide-margined copy; 12 pages
Book No.:
W-76399
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Rape, trials
Author:
Title:
The Ship-Owner's Manual . . . Containing a General System of the Maritime Laws . . . with New adjudged Cases . . . Also, The Navigation Act, Register Act, Manifest Act, Ship-owner's Act, Whale Fisher Act, Smuggling Acts [etc.]. Sixth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by D. Akenhead, on the Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1790.
Description:
A rare, provincially printed work (not to be confused with the London printed "Shipmaster's Assistant"), treating of demurrage, insurance, and salvage; with a second part seemingly not in the only earlier edition in ESTC, located in one copy only
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, definite browning, one leaf lacking in the second part, else sound, one copy in ESTC, 215+104 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78516
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
maritime law, international law, criminal law
Author:
Howard, John
Title:
The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary Observations, and an Account of Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals. The Second Edition [with] Historical Remarks and Anecdotes on the Castle of the Bastille. Baumgartner 3 and 32
Publisher:
Printed by William Eyres [and] Printed for T. Cadell, Warrington [and] London, 1780.
Description:
Howard's masterwork, displaying the enormous empirical data upon the treatment of prisoners amassed by him just as the major reforms of English criminal law began, coupled with the work on the Bastille, its publication then prohibited in France
Condition:
Modern 3/4 brown morocco over marbled boards, with the eleven plates in the first work and the plan of the Bastille in the second; a pretty copy
Book No.:
W-77292
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
criminal law, New York, prisons, Procedure
 
Author:
Pye, A. Kenneth
Title:
A Preliminary Survey of the Federal Probation System
Publisher:
Georgetown University Law Center.
Description:
Condition:
Stapled wraps, a sound copy; 59 pages
Book No.:
W-30945
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Gray, John
Title:
The Country-Solicitor's Practice in the High Court of Chancery . . . the Crown Office of the Court of King's Bench . . .also the Practice on Issuing a Country Fiat in Bankruptcy . . . and the Practice as to the Acknowledgment of Deeds by Married Women [etc.]
Publisher:
Edward Lumley, 56, Chancery Lane, London, 1837.
Description:
The rare first edition of Gray's trenchant work which, with his "Country-Attorney's Practice", went through several editions, Gray of fame also as the treasury solicitor whose office prosecuted the Tichborne claimant; no copy in OCLC, two in COPAC
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite rubbed, signature excised from title (no text affected), an occasional notation, else a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76750
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity, bankruptcy, women's law, Bill of Rights, criminal law
 
Author:
Title:
Lives, Trials, Behaviour, Execution and Last Dying Words of Arthur Thistlewood, William Davidson, James Ings, John Thomas Brunt, and Richard Tidd, For High Treason
Publisher:
Printed by J. & T Sweet, Strood, London.
Description:
Condition:
Modern card protective covers, original self sewn illustrated wraps, quite worn and fragile, yet usable; 8 pages
Book No.:
W-19881
Price:
$ 437.50
Category:
criminal law, trials
Author:
Oke, George C.
Title:
The Magisterial Synopsis: A Practical Guide for Magistrates, Their Clerks, and Attornies, In All Matters out of Quarter Sessions; Containing Summary Convictions and Indictable Offences, with Their Penalties, Punishments, Procedure [etc.]. Fifth Edition
Publisher:
Butterworths, 7, Fleet Street, Law Publishers [etc.], London, 1857.
Description:
A rare edition of one of two works of Oke "which proved to be the most enduring", preserving his original and highly useful tabular feature stating the offense, its statutory origin, possible penalties and the right of appeal, if any, and much else
Condition:
Contemporary calf, marbled edges, endpapers, and pastedowns, a bit rubbed, but quite attractive; two copies in OCLC, neither in North America
Book No.:
W-75987
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
justices of peace, criminal law
Author:
Title:
The Office of the Clerk of Assize: Containing the Form and Method of the Proceedings at the Assizes, and general Gaol-delivery, as also on the Crown and Nisi Prius side. Together with The Office of the Clerk of the Peace [etc.]. Wing W125
Publisher:
Printed for Henry Twyford in Vine Court, Middle Temple, London, 1676.
Description:
An elaborate guide for justices of the peace and their subordinate officers, primarily devoted to criminal and related matters at assizes and quarter sessions; with a section printing the 1666 rules and orders for preventing the plague's spreading
Condition:
Modern calf, somewhat strained, the spine rubbed, ex-library, the title laid down and one gathering loose, minor marginal worming; a working copy only
Book No.:
W-79731
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
criminal law, Procedure, justices of peace, sheriffs
Author:
Title:
The Tryal of Philip Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, Before the Peers in Westminster-Hall, on Thursday the 4th of April 1678. Wing T2209. Folio
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1679.
Description:
A fine example of the peculiarities of English law, the Earl, indicted for murder, claiming his right to be tried by his peers in the House of Lords, is there convicted of manslaughter only, and so invokes his privilege of peerage and is discharged
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, re-sewn and repaired, ink squiggles, notations and markings on the title, else a good clean copy; no copy in a law library in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76192
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
trials, House of Lords, criminal law
Author:
Palmer, John?
Title:
The Attorney and Agent's New Table of Costs In the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas: Containing The Fees and Disbursements on the Part of the Plaintiff and Defendant, in the Prosecution and Defence of Actions real, personal, and mixed [etc.]. 2d ed
Publisher:
Printed by Gilbert and Plummer; and sold by T. Whieldon [etc.], London, 1787.
Description:
A rare edition of an enormously successful work, the first to explain to a practitioner how to prepare a bill of costs, treating of patents, bankruptcy, probate, criminal proceedings, and the exchequer inter alia; no copy in ESTC, one in OCLC
Condition:
Original paper backed boards, rubbed, the joints cracking but holding, clean and unsophisticated in original state; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79746
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
courts, habeas corpus, criminal law, patents, bankruptcy, Wills, Doctors Commons
Author:
Title:
Anno xiii Reginae Elizabethe. At the Parliament begunne and holden at Westminster the seconde of April, in the xiii yere of the raigne of our most gratious soueraigne Lady Elizabeth [1571] . . . were enacted as foloweth. S.T.C. 9474; Beale S292. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted at London By Newgate market . . . by Richarde Iugge, London, 1574?.
Description:
The legislation of Elizabeth's fourth parliament, its first act significantly expanding the definition of treason, extending it inter alia to any words or writing calling Elizabeth a "heretic, schismatic, tyrant, infidel, or usurper"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, definite staining, else usable with generous margins and occasional notations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79441
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, bankruptcy, criminal law, law of usury
Author:
Staundforde [Stanford], William
Title:
Les Plees del Coron, diuisees in plusors titles & comon lieux [bound with] An Exposition of the Kinges Praerogatiue collected out of the great Abridgement of Iustice Fitzherbert, and other old Writers of the Lawes of England [etc.]. S.T.C. 23223 and 23217
Publisher:
In AEdibus Richardi Tottelli [and] Imprinted by Richard Totthil, London, 1583 & 1590.
Description:
Early editions of Stanford's two principal works, his "Plees" the first treatise on English criminal law and his "Exposition" on royal powers over many subjects, including women, wardship, idiots, insane persons, escheats, and wrecks, inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, centered blind lozenges, bookplate of Lord Halifax dated 1702, repairs to the first blanks, else crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78287
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law, maritime law, marriage, insanity
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
Les Reports de Edward Coke L'attorney generall le Roigne [bound with] Le Second Part des Reportes [bound with] Le Tierce Part des Reportes [bound with] Le Quart Part des Reportes [etc.]. S.T.C. 5493.4; 5496; 5499.2; 5502.3
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Wight, London, 1601-04.
Description:
Second editions of the first four parts of Coke's Reports, containing his choicest cases, all printed during the first half of the first decade of the 17th century, as the Reports were just appearing; all printed by Thomas Wight, their first printer
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, small hole to first title (no text affected), some staining, but generally very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78246
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
criminal law, reports of cases
Author:
Title:
The Case of Anthony Earl of Shaftsbury; As it was Argued before His Majesties Justices of the Kings Bench . . . Being upon his Confinement in the Tower . . . With a Speech of this Worthy Earl, pleading his own Case, and the Liberty of the Subject. Wing C883
Publisher:
Printed by K.P. for C.R., London, 1679.
Description:
Only edition of Shaftsbury's unsuccessful attempt to secure his release from the Tower of London on a writ of habeas corpus, "a very powerful argument . . . den[ying] . . . commit[ment] to indefinite imprisonment on a general warrant"
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, upper right hand corner of the title torn away, just touching the 'e' of 'Case', else a clean, untrimmed copy; 16 pages
Book No.:
W-76227
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, habeas corpus
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
A Little Treatise of Baile and Maineprize. Written by E.C. Knight, and now Published for a generall good. The Second Edition, Corected and enlarged. S.T.C. 5490. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for William Cooke, and are to be sold at his shop [etc.], London, 1637.
Description:
One of only two separate printings of one of Coke's minor works, both printed soon after his death, "setting out clearly and succinctly the main principles of the law", in Holdsworth's words, for those seeking the release of an individual in custody
Condition:
Modern cloth, repairs to three leaves (no text affected), some browning and minor staining, else well-margined and quite usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78039
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds
Author:
Howard, John
Title:
The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary Observations, and an Account of Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals. The Third Edition. Baumgartner 3 [calling for 22 plates, all of which are present here, many folding]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by William Eyres; and Sold by T. Cadell [etc.], Warrington, 1784.
Description:
Howard's masterwork, displaying the enormous empirical data upon the treatment of prisoners amassed by him just as the major reforms of English criminal law began, this edition completely revised and much expanded following Howard's journeys in 1780
Condition:
Contemporary tree calf, rebacked, minor staining to the free endpapers, occasional foxing, else clean and wide-margined; without the half-title
Book No.:
W-77954
Price:
$ 700.00
Category:
criminal law, New York, prisons, Procedure
Author:
Cockburn, William
Title:
The Clerk's Assistant in the Practice of the Ecclesiastical Courts: Containing the Method of Proceedings there. Extracted from The best Books of Practice, And more regularly and clearly laid down than has hitherto been done [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for R. Main, in Dame-Street, Dublin, 1753.
Description:
The rare first Dublin edition of a comprehensive work, praised by Holdsworth as "clear and concise", treating of criminal causes, divorce, guardians, libel and defamation, marriage (several chapters), and wills inter alia; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and new endpapers, else quite crisp and well-preserved, with the subscribers list; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79075
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
biography, Ecclesiastical Law, SCOTLAND, marriage, divorce, libel and slander, criminal law
Author:
Christian, Edward
Title:
A Vindication of the Criminal Law, and the Administration of Public Justice in England, from the Imputation of Cruelty: In a Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury at the Assizes Held at Ely
Publisher:
Printed by Richard Watts . . . For Clarke and Sons [etc.], London, 1819.
Description:
Christian's charge given as Chief Justice of Ely as the movement to abolish the death penalty gained force, contending that as a practical matter juries and judges, and alternate punishments, greatly mitigated the imposition of capital punishment
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, the title and verso of the last leaf dusty and marked, a bit strained, a usable copy; 77 pages
Book No.:
W-76672
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
criminal law, capital punishment, juries, Grand Jury Charges
 
Author:
Goodwin, John C.
Title:
Insanity and the Criminal
Publisher:
Doran, N.p., N.d..
Description:
Condition:
Lacking title page.
Book No.:
W-15032
Price:
$ 10.00
Category:
criminal law, insanity
Author:
Title:
The Tryal of Charles Lord Mohun, Before The House of Peers in Parliament, For the Murder of William Mountford . . . Together with The Questions in Points of Law, Put by Their Lordships to the Judges; with The Arguments of my Lord Mohun's Council [etc.]
Publisher:
Published by Command of the House of Peers [etc.], London, 1693.
Description:
The sole contemporary account of "the most outrageous of all Mohun's affrays", as he and a companion sought to "trepan" or carry off the actress, Anne Bracegirdle, leading to her defender's murder, Mohun's trial and, to much alarm, his acquittal
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf over marbled boards, rubbed, definite browning and a bit of minor marginal staining, else a good copy, with a portrait of Mohun tipped in
Book No.:
W-78763
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, House of Lords
 
Author:
Title:
The Fatal Effects of Gambling Exemplified in the Murder of William Weare, and the Trial and Fate of John Thurtell, the Murderer . . . To Which Is Added, the Gambler's Scourge; a Complete Expose of the Whole System of Gambling in the Metropolis [etc.]
Publisher:
Published by Thomas Kelly, Paternoster-Row, London, 1824.
Description:
The principal account of "England's most literary murder", attracting Carlyle, Dickens, Lamb, and Thackeray (among many others) and providing a wide-open look at the seamier aspects of Regency society; with the ten plates and engraved title
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, the spine varnished and the front board detached, light foxing and browning, without the frontispiece; a working copy
Book No.:
W-77377
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo & tertio Philippi & Marie. Actes made at a Parliament, begon and holden at Westminster the xxi daye of October [1555] . . . to the dissolution of the same . . . were enacted as foloweth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9450.3 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Excvsvm . . . in Aedibvs Iohannis Cavvodi [etc.], London, 1555.
Description:
The uncommon first printing of the legislation enacted by the Parliament held in the midst of the trials condemning to the stake over 300 martyrs, curiously reforming the law bailing prisoners and seeking to regulate the sale of stolen horses [c.7]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, very light staining to the upper margin of some leaves, else especially clean and crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79244
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds, trials, Law of Horses
Author:
Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:
An Abstract of all the penall Statutes which be generall, in force and use: Wherein is conteined the effect of all those Statutes, which do threaten to the offenders thereof, the losse of life, member . . . or other punishment [etc.]. S.T.C. 9532; Beale S79
Publisher:
Printed by Thomas Wight [etc.], London, 1600.
Description:
Pulton's first work in a lifetime devoted to the editing of the English statutes and the first work to attempt to digest or abstract English criminal law, arranged alphabetically and in English; four copies in S.T.C. in this country, one imperfect
Condition:
Modern unlettered calf, the title darkened and a bit chipped (no text affected), some lightish staining, yet quite crisp and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78382
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
criminal law, Acts
Author:
Staunford, William
Title:
Les Plees del Coron, diuisees in plusiors titles & common lieux. Per queux home plus redement & plenairement, trouera quelque chose queil quira, touchaunt les ditz plees composees lan du grace, 1557. S.T.C. 23219; Beale T485. Quarto
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1557.
Description:
First edition (of six) of the first treatise on English criminal law, culminating a century-long movement centered in the Inns of Court, a work which, in Dr. Baker's words, "may well have become an assize judge's vade mecum"
Condition:
Early blind panelled calf, rebacked, rubbed, new endpapers, a trace of worming, clean with good margins, once Phil Cohen's copy, now the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78997
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
Murders. True Examples of the Interposition of Providence, in the Discovery and Punishment of Murder
Publisher:
Sold by S. Hazard . . . J. Marshall . . . R. White [etc.], Bath [and] London, 1795.
Description:
An uncommon selection from Fielding's highly popular tract, vigorously promoted by him and "aptly called [a part of] Fielding's 'war against robbery and murder'", originally written just after the enactment of the Murder Act of 1752
Condition:
Original self-wraps, the sewing loose, some browning, else well-preserved, 12 pages; with the image of a prison and hanged prisoner on the title
Book No.:
W-76420
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
criminal law, prisons
Author:
Title:
The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is set forth, His Office and Authority . . . Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and Their Deputies . . . Together with the Learning of Bail Bonds . . . To which is added, The Office and Duty of Coroners [etc.]. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by John Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
Second edition of one of the few early works on the sheriff (and the coroner), praised by Holdsworth as "cover[ing] a great deal of ground", with separate chapters on the jury, on habeas corpus, and on escapes; uncommon, six copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a bit of minor staining, else clean and well preserved, with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79515
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners, juries, habeas corpus, criminal law
Author:
East, Edward Hyde
Title:
A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed by A. Strahan . . . for J. Butterworth [etc.], London, 1803.
Description:
Only English edition of East's principal work, the first substantial treatment of English criminal law following Blackstone's, one which "won immediate authority" and based in large part on eleven manuscripts upon which East labored for some years
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the title pages and last leaves browned (more at the edges), else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig set
Book No.:
W-79498
Price:
$ 600.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, biography, criminal law, New York
Author:
Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:
An Abstract of all the penall Statutes which be generall, in force and use . . . which doe threaten to the Offendours . . . Moreoeur the aucthoritie and duetie of all Justices of Peace, Shirifes, Coroners, Eschetors, Maiors, Baylifes [etc.]. S.T.C. 9526.7
Publisher:
Imprinted at London . . . by Richard Tottyl [etc.], London, 1577.
Description:
First edition of Pulton's first work in a lifetime devoted to the editing of the English statutes, the first work in English on the criminal law of England, and the first work to attempt to digest or abstract that subject; six copies in S.T.C.
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered blind lozenges, quite worn, ownership inscriptions and other notations on the title, else very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79449
Price:
$ 6500.00
Category:
criminal law, Acts, Abridgements, justices of peace, coroners, sheriffs
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Historia Placitorum Coronae. The History of the Pleas of the Crown . . . First American Edition. With Notes and References to Later Cases by W.A. Stokes and E. Ingersoll of the Philadelphia Bar. Two Volumes [complete]. Cohen 3704
Publisher:
Robert H. Small, 25 Minor Street, Philadelphia, 1847.
Description:
First American edition of the masterpiece of one of England's greatest judges and scholars of legal history, in Maitland's words "[n]o man of his age was better . . . equipped for the task [and] none had a wider or deeper knowledge of the materials"
Condition:
Later tan buckram, contrasting crimson and black labels, gilt, crinkling to some of the pages, else a very good set
Book No.:
W-78012
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
pleading, criminal law
Author:
Howard, John
Title:
The State of the Prisons in England and Wales, With Preliminary Observations, and an Account of Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals. Third Edition [with] An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe [with] The Appendix. Baumgartner 3, 21, and 28. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by William Eyres; and Sold by T. Cadell [etc.], Warrington and London, 1784-91.
Description:
Presentation copies of both of Howard's major works, displaying the enormous empirical data amassed by him, to provide the bases for the first modern reforms of both prisons and hospitals; with the rare first issue of the appendix to the 'Lazarettos'
Condition:
Contemporary diced panelled calf, rebacked, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, very good copies; with the forty-five plates, many elaborately folding
Book No.:
W-76702
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
criminal law, New York, prisons, Procedure, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
Author:
Howard, John
Title:
An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe; With Various Papers Relative to the Plague: Together with Further Observations on Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals; and Additional Remarks on the Present State of Those in Great Britain and Ireland. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by William Eyres; and Sold by T. Cadell [& three others], London, 1789.
Description:
First edition of one of Howard's two major works, "the first survey . . . which had ever appeared", supplemented by Howard's further observations on prisons, providing the empirical bases for the first modern reforms of both prisons and hospitals
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the original spine (worn) laid down, the front hinge cracked and the title a bit loose; a good copy with the plates
Book No.:
W-77811
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
prisons, criminal law, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
Caution. Whereas, a great number of Young Persons having accustomed themselves to assemble together in this neighbourhood on Snnday [sic] Afternoons in a noisy and disorderly manner [etc.]
Publisher:
Lomas, Printer, Bristol, [1824?].
Description:
An attractive broadside, measuring about 7 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches, sternly issuing a 'caution' to the younger generation, who will "be punished with utmost rigour of the Law" should they perpetuate their unacceptable Sunday afternoon behavior
Condition:
A little wear, but generally well preserved; blind owner's stamp
Book No.:
W-47705
Price:
$ 275.00
Category:
legal ephemera, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Pierce Egan's Account of the Trial of John Thurtell and Joseph Hunt [with] Pierce Egan, Recollections of John Thurtell, Who Was Executed at Hertford . . . For Murdering Mr. W. Weare . . . Being an Appendix to his Account of the Trial [etc.]
Publisher:
Knight & Lacey, Publishers, 24, Paternoster-Row, London, 1824.
Description:
The account of "England's most literary murder", attracting Carlyle, Dickens, Lamb, and Thackeray (among many others), "effectively the first instance of trial by newspaper", and providing a wide-open look at the seamier aspects of Regency society
Condition:
Contemporary calf-backed boards, quite rubbed, the spine varnished, some browning, yet a crisp copy, 105+44 pages and seven plates
Book No.:
W-77515
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
criminal law, trials
Author:
Title:
Ano Regni Iacobi . . . At the second Session of Parliament . . . in the third yeere of the raigne of our most gracious Soueraigne Lord Iames . . . proroged until the 18 of Nouember next following 1606 [etc.]. S.T.C. 9502 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1606.
Description:
The acts of the parliament following the foiled Gunpowder Plot and the attempted assassination of James I, making it high treason for Catholics to obey Rome, prohibiting their practise of law or medicine, and imposing other severe restrictions [c.4]
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, the title's woodcut and some running heads shaved, some browning, else sound, without the subsidies acts; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79519
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, Religion
Author:
Title:
The Trial of Joseph Wall, Esq. Late Governor of Goree, for the Wilful Murder of Benjamin Armstrong, A Serjeant of the African Corps, At the Old Bailey, On Wednesday, January 20, 1802. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed by A. Macpherson, Russell court . . . for J. Lee [etc.], London, n.d..
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded edition of the trial and execution of Wall, who had sentenced Armstrong without trial to the inhuman (and deadly) punishment of 800 rope lashes; no copy in OCLC or COPAC denoted a third edition and with this pagination
Condition:
Modern calf-backed boards, the title and last leaf darkened, else a good copy; 22 pages, with the jury charge in smaller type following page 18
Book No.:
W-79148
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, military law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Pleas of the Crown. Or a Brief, but Full Account of Whatsoever can be found Relating to that Subject. Wing H253
Publisher:
Printed for Richard Tonson . . . and Jacob Tonson [etc.], London, 1678.
Description:
First edition of the precis of Hale's masterpiece (which was to be published in 1736), the work for which (in Maitland's words) "[n]o man of his age was better . . . equipped for the task [and] none had a wider or deeper knowledge of the materials"
Condition:
3/4 calf over marbled boards, very clean and crisp, with both the imprimatur and advertising leaves and leaf B1 not a cancel; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79815
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Bevill, Robert
Title:
A Treatise on the Law of Homicide, and of Larceny at Common Law
Publisher:
Printed for W. Clarke and Son, Portugal Street, Lincoln's Inn, London, 1799.
Description:
Only edition of the only work written by an Inner Temple barrister, part of his larger project never achieved, this the copy presented to Lord Kenyon, then Chief Justice of King's Bench, the presentation reading "Kenyon 17 Dec 1799 from the author"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, else in original state with untrimmed (and generous) margins, exceptionally clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79540
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Young [Yonge], Walter
Title:
A Vade Mecum, Or, Table, Containing the Substance of such Statutes; Wherein Any one, or more Justices of the Peace are inabled to Act . . . Together With an Epitome of Mr. Stamford's Pleas of the Crown. The Seventh Edition [etc.]. Wing Y96; not in Cowley
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, and are to be sold by H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
Final edition of, so far as I can determine, the first and only early abridgment of an English criminal law treatise, Parliament having "ordered it to be printed for public use", its first part detailing in double columns both offences and penalties
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, quite clean and well preserved, contemporary manuscript jury foreman instructions on the second blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79714
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
criminal law, Abridgements, justices of peace
Author:
Title:
Anno xxxv. Reginae Elizabethae. At the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster the xix day of Februarie, in the fiue and thirtieth yeere [1593] of the Reigne of . . . Ladie Elizabeth . . . were enacted as followeth. S.T.C. 9491 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by the Deputies of Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1593.
Description:
The parliament enacting severe punishments upon Puritan sectaries ("a vicious act" in G.R. Elton's words), potentially leading to exile or hanging [c.1] and, separately, forbidding Catholics from moving more than five miles from their homes [c.2]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning and some staining (mainly marginal), without the subsidies and pardon; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79416
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo & tertio Philippi & Marie. Actes made at a Parliamente begunne and holden at Westminster the xxi day of October [1555] . . . untyll the dissolution of the same . . . were enacted as foloweth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9454 [including this copy]
Publisher:
Iohannis Cawodi [i.e. R. Jugge?], London, 1573?.
Description:
The legislation enacted by the Parliament held in the midst of the trials condemning to the stake over 300 martyrs, curiously reforming the law bailing prisoners and seeking to regulate the sale of stolen horses; three copies in ESTC in North America
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, very light browning, else well preserved and quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79216
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, Bail and Bail Bonds, trials, Law of Horses

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