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Author:
Burn, Richard
Title:
The History of the Poor Laws: With Observations
Publisher:
Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan . . . for A. Millar, London, 1764.
Description:
Only edition of the principal early work on the poor laws, valuable for its history, its proposed reforms, and (in Holdsworth's words) its "exceptionally competent" vetting of earlier reform proposals, including those of Hale and Fielding
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, title a bit dusty, some browning and foxing, primarily to the beginning and end of the copy, else quite sound
Book No.:
W-70893
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
poor law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Report from the Select Committee on The Criminal Law of England [with] Further Report from the Select Committee on The Criminal Law of England. Folio
Publisher:
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, London, 1824.
Description:
The first major Parliamentary effort to reform the criminal law based on the ambitious efforts of Anthony Hammond, his proposal to reform the law of forgery here "form[ing] the draft code . . . appended to the radical 1824 [Parliamentary] report"
Condition:
Modern blue card covers, a very good, tall, clean copy; 288+59 pages; uncommon, six copies of the first report and five of the second in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77729
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Forgery, legal reform
Author:
Title:
A Letter to the Hon. Fox Maule, M.P. Chairman of the Committee of the House of Commons, Appointed to Enquire into the Administration of the Law of Scotland, on Some Points Connected with the Subject of that Enquiry
Publisher:
Sold by Adam & Charles Black. Printed by Forrester & Ruthven, Edinburgh, 1840.
Description:
A rare, able and thorough critique, and a principal source relied upon in modern scholarship on mid-19th century judicial reform efforts in Scotland [see Philippson, The Scottish Whigs and the Reform of The Court of Session 1785-1830 pp. 167-70]
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, the title dusty and partly detached, a usable copy only, 51 pages; two copies in COPAC, three in OCLC, one in Scotland
Book No.:
W-78392
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
SCOTLAND, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
Restatement of the Law of Contracts, Official Draft, Chapters 1-7, Sections 1-177
Publisher:
The American Law Institute, Philadelphia, 1928.
Description:
Condition:
Original buckram, contrasting labels, gilt, a bit of wear, but a good copy
Book No.:
W-91400
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
contracts, legal reform
Author:
Leach, William
Title:
First A Safegard and a Stay for Sheriffs, Bayliffs, Serjeants at Mace, and such Officers. Or Their Well doings Justified, and their Evill actings Abolished . . . Thirdty [sic] And for Honest Executors and Administrators from paying [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by E. Cotes, in the Year 1652, London, 1652.
Description:
A rare tract written by the Middle Templar whose works "together outlined a programme for the reform of the entire English legal system", here focusing on local officials, executors, administrators, and maritime law; one copy in ESTC, none in the UK
Condition:
Recent 1/4 vellum interleaved, repairs to the lower margins, the text legible, with the Fairfax of Cameron bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78708
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
legal reform, sheriffs, Wills, maritime law
 
Author:
Carrion, Roque
Title:
La Reforma de la Judicatura y del Proceso Civil
Publisher:
Colegio de Abogados de Lima, Lima, 1970.
Description:
Condition:
Printed, stapled wraps; 38 pages
Book No.:
W-48629
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
PERU, legal reform
Author:
Title:
The Grand Concern of England Explained; in Several Proposals Offered to the Consideration of the Parliament. 1. For Payment of Publick Debts. 2. For Advancement and Encouragement of Trade. 3. For Raising the Rents of Lands [and XIII others]. Wing G1491
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1673.
Description:
A worthy series of proposed reforms, several legal, including courts to settle common disputes, transaction registers, and methods to prevent the "knavery of bankrupts", all providing illuminating, immediate detail of English social life and strife
Condition:
Early marbled wraps, somewhat faded and chipped, but quite sound and very crisp, without the first and last blanks; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78711
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
legal reform, Parliament, bankruptcy, Real Property
 
Author:
Brougham, Henry
Title:
Present State of the Law. The Speech of Henry Brougham, Esq. M.P., in the House of Commons
Publisher:
Henry Colburn, London, 1828.
Description:
First edition of Brougham's greatest speech, invoking Bentham (whom Brougham had consulted) and setting in motion much of the reform of English law to take place in the 19th century
Condition:
Disbound, a bit of dustiness and some foxing to the first and last leaves, one signature detached; a usable copy
Book No.:
W-16964
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Greene, J.G.J.
Title:
Land and Its Laws! A Few Observations upon the Evils Resulting from the Existing System of the Laws Relating to Real Property
Publisher:
James Ridgway, Piccadilly, London, 1850.
Description:
A rare reform tract written by an Inner Temple barrister in decidely strong language ("[t]he present abstruse and expensive system of conveyancing . . . as it came from the hands of priestcraft"), blaming the lawyers and advocating title registration
Condition:
Self-wraps, disbound, 10 pages, ?presentation copy: "Please take notice of the subject / vide your remarks in yesterday's paper"; no USA copy in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77017
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
legal reform, Real Property
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:
The RIA Complete Analysis of the '86 Tax Reform Act
Publisher:
Research Institute of America, Inc., New York, 1986.
Description:
Condition:
Printed wraps; 1167
Book No.:
W-30636
Price:
$ 20.00
Category:
taxation, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Facts and Suggestions Respecting the Masters' Offices [in the Court of Chancery]
Publisher:
V. & R. Stevens and G.S. Norton . . . Lincoln's Inn, London, 1841.
Description:
A rare tract written during the decades-long debate over the reform of the court of chancery, including (as here) the role to be played by the court's masters, whose offices were ultimately abolished in 1852; two copies in OCLC in North America
Condition:
Original light-green printed wraps, disbound, the rear wrap lacking, else clean, 46 pages; presentation copy to Hastings Russell
Book No.:
W-77041
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
 
Author:
Schockman, H. Eric (comp.)
Title:
The Perfecting of Los Angeles: Ethics Reform on the Municipal Level
Publisher:
Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs, Los Angeles, 1989.
Description:
Condition:
Wraps; 142 pages
Book No.:
W-30652
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Purves, J.A.
Title:
The Law and Lawyers Laid Open, in Twelve Visions. To which is Added, Plain Truth, in Three Dialogues, Between Truman, Skinall, Dryboots, Three Attorneys, and Season a Bencher
Publisher:
Printed for T. Woodman, at Camden's Head in Round-Court [etc.], London, 1737.
Description:
Only edition of an imaginative proposal for extensive law reform (based on the author's Twelve Visions), patterned upon Cervantes' contemporary, Francisco Quevedo, and conceiving a Court of the Underworld before which the law is found wanting
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, gilt, joints just cracking but firm, clean and even pretty; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78789
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
legal reform
 
Author:
Wasby, Stephen L., Thomas B. Marvell et al
Title:
Volume and Delay in State Appellate Courts: Problems and Responses
Publisher:
National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, 1979.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed wraps, well-preserved; 119 pages
Book No.:
W-91484
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
courts, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Essays on the Spirit of Legislation . . . Containing Observations on the Political Systems at present pursued in various Countries of Europe, for the Advancement of those essential Interests [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for W. Nicoll . . . and G. Robinson [etc.], London, 1772.
Description:
First edition in English of the three essays honored by the Societe Oeconomique de Berne, the pioneering institution founded in 1759 and devoted to the ideals of the Enlightenment, "seeking reforms [both] in economy and society"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, the first blank and title a bit chipped (no text affected), some browning, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-74849
Price:
$ 575.00
Category:
agriculture, Commercial Law, Acts, legal reform, FRANCE
 
Author:
Greenberg, Jack
Title:
Litigation for Social Change: Methods, Limits and Role in Democracy. With an Introduction by Bernard H. Goldstein
Publisher:
Association of the Bar of the City of New York, New York, 1974.
Description:
The Thirtieth Annual Benjamin N. Cardozo Lecture, in which Jack Greenberg (successor to Thurgood Marshall as head of the Legal Defense Fund) discusses three litigation campaigns--school segregation, welfare rights, and bail--and their limits
Condition:
Original crimson cloth, gilt, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79003
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Title:
Report of the Indian Statutory Commission [and] Reports of the Committees appointed by the Provincial Legislative Councils to Co-operate with the Indian Statutory Commission [etc.]. Three Volumes in Two
Publisher:
His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1930.
Description:
An important part of the efforts leading up to the proposed major reforms of 1935 in the Government of India Act, the "last and, in the event, the most portentous essay [by the British] in balancing and ruling India" prior to Independence in 1947
Condition:
3/4 crimson morocco gilt, an attractive set
Book No.:
W-67663
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
INDIA, legal reform
 
Author:
Neely, Richard
Title:
How Courts Govern America
Publisher:
Yale University Press, New Haven, 1981.
Description:
Condition:
A very good copy, in a slightly worn dustjacket
Book No.:
W-64329
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
courts, legal reform
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 [and 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:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning; with the 23 plates, all but two folding, two with minor tears, else an attractive copy
Book No.:
W-74107
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
prisons, criminal law, legal reform
Author:
Mandeville, Bernard
Title:
Enquiry into the Causes of the Frequent Executions at Tyburn: and A Proposal for some Regulations concerning Felons in Prison . . . To which is Added, A Discourse on Transportation, and a Method to render that Punishment more Effectual
Publisher:
Printed: And Sold by J. Roberts in Warwick-Lane, London, 1725.
Description:
Mandeville's vivid account of the wretched state of public executions in England and its causes, anticipating Henry Fielding, Adam Smith, and Adam Ferguson, as "[m]any of the best minds of the English elite meditated upon it" and solutions to it
Condition:
Modern gray wraps, stab-sewn as issued, the half-title and last leaf quite dusty, else a very good clean copy; with the press-figure at page four
Book No.:
W-77464
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform, Transportation, prisons
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:
Spencer, Thomas
Title:
The Successful Application of the New Poor Law to the Parish of Hinton Charterhouse. Containing: 1. The Aspect of Pauperism Prior to the Passing of the New Poor Law. 2. The Removal of Abuses . . . 3. Some of the Causes of the Outcry Against the New Poor Law
Publisher:
James Ridgway and Son, Piccadilly, London, 1836.
Description:
One of several tracts written by the uncle of Herbert Spencer, singled out by the Webbs as those "which we may mention especially" in support of the New Poor Law, replacing and fundamentally altering the Elizabethan statute enacted in 1601
Condition:
Modern boards, paper label, light foxing and browning, else a good copy; 60 pages
Book No.:
W-76884
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
poor law, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
White Collar Crime, Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate...[etc.] Parts 1 and 2
Publisher:
Government Printing Office, Washington, 1987.
Description:
Condition:
Stapled wraps; 214 and 200 pages
Book No.:
W-90530
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
humor, legal reform, Law and Literature, Legal Ethics, White Collar Crime
Author:
Hill, Matthew Davenport
Title:
Suggestions for the Repression of Crime, Contained in Charges Delivered to Grand Juries of Birmingham; Supported by Additional Facts and Arguments, Together with Articles from Reviews . . . Controverting or Advocating the Conclusions of the Author
Publisher:
John W. Parker and Son, West Strand, London, 1857.
Description:
The grand jury charges which Hill delivered while Recorder of Birmingham, with much related materials, the post he held for a quarter century and "more than anything else, established [his] reputation as a 'criminologist' and penal reformer"
Condition:
Presentation copy--"The Bailiff of Guernsey / From the Author"; original embossed cloth, rebacked, the original spine laid down, ex-library; very good
Book No.:
W-75154
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform
 
Author:
Harris, Richard
Title:
Justice, The Crisis of Law, Order, and Freedom in America
Publisher:
E. P. Dutton & Company, New York, 1970.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-46033
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A Proposal for Making an Effectual Provision for the Poor, for Amending their Morals, and for Rendering them useful Members of the Society. To which is added, A Plan of Buildings proposed with proper Elevations. Drawn by an Eminent Hand
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, London, 1753.
Description:
Fielding's comprehensive proposed reform of the Poor Laws, drawing on his years as a Bow Street magistrate and complementing his 'Enquiry' into the causes of crime, praised by Burn and Eden and presciently anticipating the reforms of the 19th century
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf, the spine extra gilt, rubbed, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, with the elaborate plan and its explanation; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78811
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
poor law, legal reform, Legal Architecture
Author:
Leigh, Edward
Title:
Second Considerations Concerning the High Court of Chancery, And the Most Excellent Ordinance For the Regulation and Limitation of That Court. Wing L1002
Publisher:
Printed by J.G. for Rich. Marriot [etc.], London, 1658.
Description:
Only edition of a rare tract enthusiastically supporting Cromwell's fundamental reform of Chancery as embodied in the Chancery Ordinance, its lapse at the Restoration essentially foreclosing similar reform efforts not realized until the 19th century
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, definite browning, the margins cut close, else sound, four copies in ESTC, none in the USA; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78813
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
Author:
Falconer, Thomas
Title:
On Probate Courts
Publisher:
Reynell and Weight, Little Pulteney Street, London, 1850.
Description:
An unusual part of the debate over the reform of England's probate courts, written by a Lincoln's Inn barrister and judge, anticipating their fundamental reform in 1857, and proposing probate legislation in this country (in Massachusetts) as a guide
Condition:
Modern stabbed wraps, repaired, a bit dusty, ex-library, else a good copy, 60+1 pages, presentation copy--"With Mr ?Vardin's compliments"
Book No.:
W-77884
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Probating, legal reform
Author:
Sheppard, William
Title:
Englands Balme: or, Proposals By way of Grievance & Remedy; Humbly presented to His Highness and the Parliament: Towards the Regulation of the Law, And better Administration of Justice [etc.]. Wing S3183
Publisher:
Printed by J. Cottrel, for Hen: Fletcher [etc.], London, 1657.
Description:
Sheppard's greatest work, called "the most comprehensive design for the reform of English law and society published in the seventeenth century" and, by John Baker, "a coherent programme of reform [which] seems remarkably prophetic"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, repair to the bottom of the spine, new endpapers and ?new label, else a good copy with generous margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78850
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Acts, legal reform, Acts
 
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
Social and Economic Problems of the Law. Setaro 159
Publisher:
American Academy of Political and Social Science, Philadelphia, 1928.
Description:
Dean Pound's contribution to the issue of The Annals entitled "Progress in the Law", that issue devoted to "a discussion of some of the tendencies . . . to adapt law to the changing conditions of our modern social and economic life"
Condition:
Original printed stapled self wraps, reprinted from the Academy's "The Annals" Publication No. 2119, nine pages; two copies in OCLC
Book No.:
W-78856
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
economics, legal reform, law and sociology
 
Author:
Navasky, Victor S.
Title:
Kennedy Justice
Publisher:
Atheneum, New York, 1971.
Description:
Condition:
Somewhat worn, one hinge cracking, but a sound copy
Book No.:
W-12407
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Title:
A Study of the Construction and Enforcement of the Federal Antitrust Laws
Publisher:
Temporary National Economic Committee, Washington, 1941.
Description:
The 38th monograph in the Committee's vast Investigation of Concentration of Economic Power, one of the few directly focusing upon the antitrust laws, written by Milton Handler and appearing while Thurman Arnold was head of the Antitrust Division
Condition:
Original orange printed sewn wraps, well-preserved; 106 pages
Book No.:
W-74229
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Anti-trust, economics, legal reform
Author:
Title:
A Study of the Construction and Enforcement of the Federal Antitrust Laws
Publisher:
Temporary National Economic Committee, Washington, 1941.
Description:
The 38th monograph in the Committee's vast Investigation of Concentration of Economic Power, one of the few directly focusing upon the antitrust laws, written by Milton Handler and appearing while Thurman Arnold was head of the Antitrust Division
Condition:
Original orange printed sewn wraps, ex-library, else a very good copy; 106 pages
Book No.:
W-74230
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
Anti-trust, economics, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
Technical Memorandum of Treasury Position
Publisher:
Government Printing Office, Washington, 1969.
Description:
Condition:
Stapled wraps; 35 pages
Book No.:
W-31069
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
taxation, legal reform
 
Author:
Jeffrey, Francis
Title:
Peter and His Enemies
Publisher:
William P. Nimmo, 2 South St David Street [etc.], Edinburgh, 1859.
Description:
Condition:
Disbound, lightly browned, but sound; 31 pages
Book No.:
W-69721
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
SCOTLAND, Law and Literature, legal reform
Author:
Langdale, Henry Bickersteth, Baron
Title:
Substance of a Speech Delivered by the Rt. Hon. Henry Lord Langdale, Master of the Rolls . . . on the Motion Made by the Lord Chancellor for the Second Reading of the Bill for the Better Administration of Justice in the High Court of Chancery
Publisher:
T. and W. Boone, 29, New Bond Street, London, 1836.
Description:
The prophetic speech of Langdale, a prime example of his instrumental, lifelong efforts to reform Chancery, proposing that the judicial and political responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor be separated, a goal achieved only within the past decade
Condition:
Modern light-blue wraps, the title and last leaf somewhat stained, ex-library, else a good copy; 62 pages
Book No.:
W-76986
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
Author:
Sheppard, William
Title:
The President of Presidents. Or, One General President for Common Assurances by Deeds: Wherein there is contained an Extract or Abridgment of all the Readings and Presidents thereof extant. Of singular use and profit to all men. Wing S3209. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Hills for Humphrey Tuckey [etc.], London, 1655.
Description:
First edition of Sheppard's most successful work in which (as counsel to Cromwell) he prophetically proposed reforming English land law, essentially calling for a standardized form of conveyancing which could then be registered throughout the realm
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf, title and three other leaves strengthened in their margins, considerable browning, with a number of early annotations; a working copy
Book No.:
W-77970
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
conveyancing, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
Citizens Study Committee on Judicial Organization, Report to Governor Patrick J. Lucey, January 1973
Publisher:
By the Committee, Madison, 1973.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed illustrated oversized wraps, a very good copy; 417 pages
Book No.:
W-91616
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
courts, legal reform, Isle of Wight
Author:
Title:
Anno XXV Henrici Octaui. Actes made in the session of this present Parliament holden upon prorogation at Westminster [with] Anno XXVI [with] Anno XXVII [with] Anno XXVIII [1534-1536]. S.T.C. 9384.5, 9389.5, 9393.5, 9396.5; Beale S160, S167, S173, S179
Publisher:
T. Powell [and] T. Marsh, London, 1562-1575?.
Description:
The legislation central to the English Reformation under Henry VIII, including that confirming the final break with Rome and Henry as legally the Church of England's Supreme Head, dissolving the monasteries, and establishing the Act of Succession
Condition:
Modern panelled calf, lightly rubbed, else well preserved, the Goyder copy with his bookplate and dated ownership signature (1947); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78956
Price:
$ 4750.00
Category:
Acts, Ecclesiastical Law, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
Orders and Directions, Together with a Commission for the Better Administration of Justice . . . How, and by whom the Lawes and Statutes tending to the reliefe of the Poor . . . and the reformation of Disorders . . . are executed [etc.]. S.T.C. 9252.4
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1630.
Description:
The Book of Orders of Charles I, part of the "exceptionally elaborate" first efforts to establish a highly organized system of local government, this printing the sole (of three) to name the individual privy councillors and their responsibilities
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, gilt, light browning, the top margin cut a bit close, else very fresh, with the first blank "A"; the Taussig copy [as in S.T.C.]
Book No.:
W-78978
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
legal reform, poor law, justices of peace
Author:
Leach, William
Title:
The Bribe-Takers of Jury-Men Partiall, Dishonest, and Ignorant Discovered and Abolished; and Honest, Judicious, Able, and Impartiall Restored; And their equall Election to Try Causes, and Find Inquests [etc.]. Wing L772. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by E. Cotes, London, 1652.
Description:
A rare tract, one of many written by Leach as he joined prominent legal reformers such as William Sheppard and Matthew Hale during the Interregnum, here focusing on the jury, proposing a secret ballot among many other reforms; five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern board-backed cloth, bowed, the leaves mounted with repairs to the lower corners (all text legible), quite usable if no more; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78200
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
juries, legal reform
Author:
Chamberlayne, Edward]
Title:
Englands Wants: or, Several Proposals Probably beneficial for England, Humbly offered to the Consideration of all Good Patriots in both Houses of Parliament. Wing C1841
Publisher:
Printed for, and are to be Sold by Randal Taylor, in Amen-Corner, London, 1685.
Description:
Chamberlayne's seventy-five point program for the reform of the English polity, first appearing shortly after the Restoration and here issued a few years before the Glorious Revolution; with a great many prescient proposals still of value
Condition:
The title trimmed (but legible), bound in a new 1/4 calf
Book No.:
W-43988
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Real Property, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Reasons Humbly Offer'd For Altering and Amending the Laws concerning Bankrupts, and for preventing the great Losses that are Daily sustained by their Creditors [with seven other broadsides and similar works pertaining to bankruptcy reform in this era]
Publisher:
Various Publishers, London, 1718-19?.
Description:
A collection of rare ephemera and similar documents all pertaining to bankruptcy and its reform, offering the varied perspectives ultimately leading to the legislation (of 1732) whose provisions "were the foundation of the modern law of bankruptcy"
Condition:
Some browning, a few margins cut close or ragged, but generally in good condition, now preserved in a cloth folder; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78226
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
bankruptcy, legal reform
 
Author:
Haynes, Fred E.
Title:
Criminology
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1930.
Description:
Condition:
Very worn and stained, some pencilling; usable only
Book No.:
W-16477
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, criminal law, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
Proposals Humbly Offered to the Parliament for Remedying the Great Charge and Delay of Suits at Law and in Equity. The Seventh Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Reason in Flower de luce Court, [etc.], London, l730].
Description:
Condition:
Modern sewn wraps, 42 pages
Book No.:
W-17421
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Romilly, Samuel
Title:
Objections to the Project of Creating a Vice Chancellor of England. The Second Edition. To Which Is Added, a Letter from the Author [Sir Samuel Romilly] to a Noble Lord
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, Strand [etc.], London, 1813.
Description:
The expanded second edition of Romilly's "gem of compact reasoning", contending presciently that the appointment of a Vice Chancellor would deprive the Chancellor of his most important judicial function, that of presiding over the Court of Chancery
Condition:
Modern 1/4 black morocco over blue cloth boards, a very clean copy; 44 pages, expanded from 18 pages of the first edition
Book No.:
W-78253
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
Author:
Pillsbury, Arthur J.
Title:
Institutional Life, Its Relations to the State and to the Wards of the State
Publisher:
State Printing Office, Sacramento, 1906.
Description:
The results of Pillsbury's efforts in visiting over eighty orphanages and like institutions elsewhere in the country, and so succesfully providing the factual basis for seeking to reform California's much discredited private institutions
Condition:
Original printed sewn wraps, lightly worn, circular sticker on the front wrap, otherwise a very good copy; 167 pages
Book No.:
W-78281
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
infants, legal reform
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:
Baker (ed.), J.H.
Title:
The Reports of Sir John Spelman Volume I
Publisher:
Selden Society, London, 1977.
Description:
Volume XCIII for the Year 1976
Condition:
Book No.:
W-62931
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
16TH CENTURY, Frontier Law, legal reform

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