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Title:
Ordines Cancellariae: Being Orders of the High Court of Chancery from the First Year of King Charles I. To this present Hillary Term, 1697. Examined By the Original Orders To which is added the Rules and Orders Of the Court of Exchequer. Wing O415
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Rich. and Edw. Atkins [etc.], London, 1698.
Description:
The orders continuing those originated by Francis Bacon, in Holdsworth's words "fix[ing] the practice of the court till the [19th century] reforms", Bacon's sole successful effort at codification and "the best evidence of [the court's] organization"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the spine rubbed and the joints just cracking, else clean, without an advertising leaf, with a duplicated title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79734
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
equity, courts, codification, 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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Title:
An Ordinance For Adjourning part of Easter Term. 1654. Whereas many abuses and corruptions are crept into the ordinary course and administration of Justice, both in Law and Equity . . . Saturday April 8, 1654 [etc.]. Wing C7127; Steele I, 3031
Publisher:
Printed by William du-Gard, and Henry Hills [etc.], London, 1654.
Description:
The ordinance launching Cromwell's effort to reform the courts, "one of the two innovative accomplishments of the protectorate", leading to the 1654 Chancery Ordinance (drafted by William Sheppard), reforms not fully realized until the 19th century
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 8x14 inches, left margin partly trimmed (no text affected), the imprint faint, light browning, sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79520
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
courts, legal reform, English Commonwealth, Broadside
Author:
Trevers, Joseph
Title:
An Essay To the Restoring of our Decayed Trade. Wherein is Described, the Smugglers, Lawyers, and Officers Frauds. Wing T2129
Publisher:
Printed for Giles Widdowes [and two others], London, 1675.
Description:
First edition of Trevers's only work, attributing part of the decline of the English wool trade to the law, proposing several legal reforms and, in his postscript, fiercely attacking lawyers, who "multiply like Catterpillers in a dry summer"
Condition:
Modern dark brown calf, gilt lettered, some browning, the margin of last leaf chipped (no loss), else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79653
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Commercial Law, legal reform, Legal Ethics
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:
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:
The Triumphs of Justice over Unjust Judges: Exhibiting . . . III. The Crimes of Empson and Dudley . . . IV. The Proceedings of the Ship money Judges . . . To which is added VI. The Judges Oath, and some Observations thereupon [etc.]. Wing T2297. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Benjamin Harris, at the Stationers Arms [etc.], London, 1681.
Description:
First edition of a populist tract of the first rank, recounting with approval the executions of oppressive judges and praising upright judges and juries (including Sir Matthew Hale and the jury acquitting Penn and Mead) and habeas corpus
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, quite browned, 36 pages, now preserved in a modern buckram folding case, its label gilt lettered; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79631
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, legal reform, juries, habeas corpus
 
Author:
Sallmann, P.A. and Duncan Chappell
Title:
Rape Law Reform in South Australia
Publisher:
University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 1982.
Description:
Condition:
Wraps; 110 pages
Book No.:
W-90090
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
Rape, legal reform, AUSTRALIA
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:
Herbert, J.B.
Title:
The Labourers' Allotments Act, 1887, Together with the Clauses of The Public Health Act, 1875, and The Lands Clauses Consolidation Act, 1845, Incorporated in This Act, the Debates in both Houses of Parliament, upon the Bill [etc.]
Publisher:
Dean & Son 160A, Fleet Street, London, 1887.
Description:
A rare work written by a Middle Temple barrister devoted to the 1887 Act, fundamentally altering previous efforts (which had been charitable only), now mandating "the compulsory acquisition of land for . . . allotment amongst the labouring classes"
Condition:
Original blind embossed russet cloth, the front board lettered, the title lightly browned, else well preserved; two copies in OCLC, both in the UK
Book No.:
W-79306
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
labor law, Health Law, legal reform, poor law
Author:
Williams, Joshua
Title:
Letters to John Bull, Esq., on Lawyers and Law Reform
Publisher:
Henry Sweet, 3, Chancery Lane, London, 1857.
Description:
The essence of the reform views of Williams, the classic writer on real property highly regarded by both Maitland and Holdsworth, with chapters devoted to attorneys, legal education, conveyancers, land transfer, and chancery, inter alia
Condition:
Original russet cloth, gilt-lettered, lightly worn and a bit strained, else a very good, even pretty copy
Book No.:
W-76743
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
legal reform
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:
Title:
Seasonable Cautions for Juries, Solicitors and Witnesses; To Deterre from Man-Catching. Wing S2222
Publisher:
Printed for Francis Smith . . . in Cornhill, London, 1681.
Description:
A forceful defense of jury independence, appearing at the height of perceived jury tampering in England, describing the many ways in which the jury's integrity could be compromised, and approving of the attempts historically to curb jury corruption
Condition:
Broadsheet measuring about 8x12 inches, browned, the edges a bit chipped, else quite sound, preserved in a modern buckram folder; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79620
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
juries, legal reform, legal ephemera, justices of peace, Magna Carta
 
Author:
Title:
Reasons Against the Bill Entituled An Act for County Registers . . . and for preventing Inconvenience, Delay, Charges and Irregularity in Chancery and Common Law, as well in Common Pleas as Criminal and Capital Causes [etc.]. Wing R475
Publisher:
Printed by Robert White, London, 1653.
Description:
An uncommon, thorough critique of wide-sweeping proposals to reform England's courts during the Interregnum, guarding against the loss of professional learning and involvement should the proposed bill be enacted; five copies in ESTC in this country
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, lightly bowed and some browning, the top margin cut a bit close (no text affected), else clean and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79819
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
legal reform, Real Property, Acts, infants, poor law, Wills, criminal law
Author:
Parkes, Joseph
Title:
A History of the Court of Chancery; With Practical Remarks on the Recent Commission, Report, and Evidence, and on the Means of Improving the Administration of Justice in the English Courts of Equity
Publisher:
Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, London, 1828.
Description:
Only edition of a major contribution to Chancery reform, in Holdsworth's words "the first detailed history of the court [and] a work of considerable merit", written by a Benthamite disciple called "one of the cleverest men [Lord Cobden] had ever met"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, label chipped, front joint beginning to crack but holding, with a folding errata and folding table not noted in OCLC
Book No.:
W-79837
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
equity, 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:
Weskett, John
Title:
A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws, and Practice of Insurance; Compiled from the best Authorities in different Languages . . . With a Preliminary Discourse; Wherein are delineated the very great Disorders which prevail in Affairs of Insurance [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for Elizabeth Lynch . . . in the Four Courts, Dublin, 1783.
Description:
Only Irish edition of Weskett's comprehensive work, arranged as a digest and, in Holdsworth's words , providing "in an accessible form the information legal or otherwise which they [merchants] needed", all prompted by Weskett's view of needed reforms
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the spine gilt decorated, lightly rubbed, the joints just cracking but very firm, quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79488
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
insurance law, 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:
Anno Regni Gulielmi III Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae & Hiverniae, Septimo [and Octavo]. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Two and twentieth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1695. In the Seventh Year of the Reign [etc.]. Not in Wing. Folio.
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb [&c], London, 1696.
Description:
The Parliament enacting legislation resulting in "one of the great monetary events in history" and the adoption of the gold standard, crucially involving the views of John Locke, with its philosophical and financial consequences still debated
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, a variant not in ESTC, with certain of the first 14 title pages dated 1696 [compare ESTC R223064]; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79743
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Acts, economics, Bench and Bar, Coining, legal reform
Author:
Filangieri, Gaetano
Title:
Science of Legislation. Translated from the Italian of the Chevalier Filangieri by William Kendall
Publisher:
Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, London, 1791?.
Description:
The rare, first English translation of Filangieri's treatise, an "implacable polemic against British constitutionalism" prompted in part by the American revolution and here translated "to fuel the struggle for . . . reform led by radical Londoners"
Condition:
Later buckram, gilt, a chip to the somewhat faded spine, ex-library, else a good clean copy; with the advertisement dated 14 May 1792 at Exeter
Book No.:
W-79852
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
ITALY, philosophy of law, American Revolution, legal reform, Radicals
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:
Gordon, Thomas]
Title:
Francis, Lord Bacon: Or the Case of Private and National Corruption, and Bribery, Impartially Considered [etc.]. Fifth Edition. Gibson 411
Publisher:
Printed for J. Roberts, near the Oxford Arms in Warwick-Lane, London, 1721.
Description:
Condition:
Later 1/4 black morocco over marbled boards, very worn, ex-library, a just usable copy only; with the advertising leaf
Book No.:
W-91391
Price:
$ 250.00
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:
Cox, Archibald
Title:
The Role of the Supreme Court in American Government. First Indian Impression
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1977.
Description:
The copy from the library of Archibald Cox, the seemingly unrecorded Delhi printing of his four Chichele Lectures delivered at Oxford, with the publisher's transmittal slip tipped in (noting 800 copies printed); no copy in OCLC, RLIN, Hollis or COPAC
Condition:
Original cloth, somewhat worn, in a worn and defective dustjacket
Book No.:
W-73784
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
constitutional law, legal reform, Supreme Court
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Revised Laws of the State of California; in Four Codes: Political, Civil, Civil Procedure and Penal. Civil Code
Publisher:
D.W. Gelwicks, State Printer, Sacramento, 1871.
Description:
The rare proposed civil code prepared by the Commissioners and adopted the following year, still the fundamental basis for California's civil law; with the marvelous folding chart of California's civil code following the title; two copies in OCLC
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, rebacked, original labels laid down, new front free endpaper and pastedown, a very good copy
Book No.:
W-79152
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, California, criminal law, 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:
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:
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:
Title:
Anno Tertio Henrici VIII . . . at his parlyamente holden at westminster . . . hath, doo, to be ordeined, made, and enacted, certaine statutes and ordynaunces in manner and fourme folowinge. S.T.C. 9362.2 [this copy the Hetherington copy, there recorded]
Publisher:
Printed by T. Marshe?, London, 1575?.
Description:
The final sixteenth century printing of the acts of this parliament [only, without the acts through year 7], including the act against mummers disguising their appearance [c.9] and that seeking to limit sheriff abuses directed toward juries [c.12]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco over cloth boards, the inner margins strengthened and repaired, very light browning, else sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79315
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, sheriffs, juries, legal reform
Author:
Vickaris, A.
Title:
An Essay for Regulating of the Coyn: Wherein also is set forth, First, How we have lost that Import of Plate and Bullion we formerly had. Secondly, What is become of the great Quantities of Money coyned [and three other points]. Wing V337. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by James O. for Richard Cumberland [etc.], London, 1696.
Description:
A work significant in the debate leading to "one of the great monetary events in history" and the adoption of the gold standard, crucially involving the views of John Locke, with its philosophical and financial consequences still debated
Condition:
Modern cloth backed marbled boards, a printed paper label on the front board, a bit of foxing, else clean and with untrimmed margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79623
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Coining, economics, legal reform
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:
Barrington, Daines
Title:
Observations on the More Ancient Statutes, from Magna Charta to the Twenty-First of James I. Cap. XXVII. With An Appendix, Being a Proposal for New Modelling the Statutes. The Fifth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by J. Nichols: and sold G. Leigh [and four others], London, 1796.
Description:
Final edition of one of the foremost works of eighteenth century English law reform, serving as a bridge between Bacon and Blackstone and viewed with admiration by both Dr. Johnson and Jeremy Bentham, the latter of whom termed it a "great treasure"
Condition:
Modern blue cloth, gilt lettered, ex-library, light browning and a bit of foxing, yet quite clean and largely uncut; with the frontispiece
Book No.:
W-79848
Price:
$ 175.00
Category:
Magna Carta, legal reform
Author:
Philipps, Fabian
Title:
The Pretended Perspective Glass; Or some Reasons of Many more which might be Offered, Against the pretended Registring Reformation. Wing P2013 or P2013A [the variant with the page following B4 unsigned] [see ESTC R9264 Uncontrolled note for publication date]
Publisher:
Printed in the Year MDCLXIX ["IX" crossed out and "XI" in ink], London, 1671.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate on land registration in England, reaching an apogee in the 17th century, written by "the sturdy loyalist and student of records" (in Holdsworth's words), with comparisons to Dutch, Scots and Spanish practice
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, crimson morocco label, gilt, light browning, without the final blank, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79678
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Real Property, legal reform, Holland, space law, Comparative Law
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c. With Some Proposals for Remedying this Growing Evil. In Which . . . the Laws that relate to the Provision for the Poor, and to the Punishment of Felons are largely and freely examined
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, opposite to Katharine-Street [etc.], London, 1751.
Description:
First edition of the novelist Henry Fielding's famed proposals for reforming English criminal law, derived from his first-hand experiences as a London magistrate, "easily the most distinguished and ambitious of Fielding's social [publications]"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 green morocco over cloth boards, gilt lettered, light browning, else a good usable copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79227
Price:
$ 425.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform, capital punishment, Law and Literature, poor law
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

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