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Author:
Wentworth, John
Title:
A Complete System of Pleading: Comprehending the Most Approved Precedents and Forms of Practice; Chiefly Consisting of Such As Have Never Before Been Printed [etc.]. Ten Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, London, 1797-99.
Description:
A work highly praised by Holdsworth, who terms it "a great collection [and] [b]y far the most elaborate book of this kind", in some cases naming the counsel responsible for drafting the pleadings, and providing their accompanying advice or opinion
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite worn, some boards detached, occasional staining, generally a clean working set only
Book No.:
W-76024
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Boone, Charles T.
Title:
Pleading Under the Codes
Publisher:
Sumner Whitney & Co., San Francisco, 1885.
Description:
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite worn, usable; pocket-size
Book No.:
W-55877
Price:
$ 50.00
Category:
pleading, codification
Author:
Parker, Charles H. (ed.)
Title:
The Civil Practice Act of the State of California, as Amended, with Notes and References, and an Appendix [etc.]
Publisher:
H.H. Bancroft and Company, San Francisco, 1863.
Description:
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, scuffed and stained, but sound
Book No.:
W-43741
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
pleading, California
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:
Title:
Federal Civil Practice
Publisher:
California Continuing Education of the Bar, Berkeley, 1961.
Description:
Ten essays, covering the ground from jurisdictional requirements through pre-trial, trial and appeal, with a certain 9th Circuit flavor and four (forms, statutes and rules, cases, and subject) helpful indexes
Condition:
Original cloth, the spine faded, else quite sound
Book No.:
W-50211
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Burton, Philip
Title:
Practice of the Office of Pleas, in The Court of Exchequer, Both Antient and Modern . . . With Precedents of Pleadings, Reports of Cases in Points of Practice and The Rules of Court which now regulate the Course and Practice [etc.]. Two Volumes complete
Publisher:
Printed by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall . . . for E. and R. Brooke, London, 1791.
Description:
The uncommon and much expanded final edition of Burton's treatise (prior editions tracts of less than thirty pages) building on his several decades as attorney in the Office of Pleas and upon Coke, Madox, and Prynne, though critical of all three
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite rubbed and marked, rear joint of volume one cracking but quite firm, else a good crisp clean set; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79028
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
Exchequer, pleading
Author:
Lawes, Edward
Title:
A Practical Treatise on Pleading, in Assumpsit. With the Addition of the Decisions of the American Courts by Joseph Story. Cohen 9246
Publisher:
Published by James W. Burditt & Co., Boston, 1811.
Description:
One of Story's earliest substantive legal efforts, appearing the year he was appointed to the Supreme Court; the American edition of a work which he described as "the most finished and accurate illustration of the theory of [legal] science"
Condition:
Original sheep, rubbed, joints repaired, light browning, else quite a good copy
Book No.:
W-77429
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
pleading, Procedure
Author:
Reading, Daniel
Title:
The English Clerk's Instructor, In the Practice of the Court of King's Bench, and Common Pleas . . . necessary for the Practice of an Attorney. To which are added, Several Choice Precedents of Declarations. Never before Printed. Two Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1733.
Description:
The rare, sole edition of Reading's only work, one of several published following the 1732 act requiring that English be used in the Royal courts, first comparing the two courts and then treating each separately; five copies in ESTC, one in England
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over boards, some staining mainly in the margins of the second volume, else a good clean usable set; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79035
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
courts, pleading
Author:
Title:
Articuli ad narrationes nouas pertin[entes] formati. S.T.C. 812; Beale T111
Publisher:
In edibus Richardi Pynsoni regii impressoris [etc.], London, 1525?.
Description:
The rare first edition of the medieval tract glossing and complementing both Natura Brevium and Novae Narrationes, all works central to early pleading and practice in the royal courts, this the only edition printed by Pynson; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, the spine gilt ruled and lettered, the title and table in facsimile, else textually complete; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78462
Price:
$ 6000.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Title:
A Methodical Treatise of Replevins, Distresses, Avowries . . . To which are added, Divers Statutes touching the Office of Sheriffs . . . and also the Law concerning Elections and Returns of Members of Parliament [etc.]. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling . . . for J. Worrall, London, 1739.
Description:
The second, expanded, and final edition of the first work on the ancient remedies of replevin and distress, the latter of which Holdsworth termed "the oldest form of self help" and which Maitland traced to the Laws of Ine, circa 700 A.D.
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over decorated boards, gilt lettered, some browning, mainly lightish, the front blank a bit chipped, else a good copy
Book No.:
W-76899
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
landlord and tenant, sheriffs, Procedure, pleading, law of elections
Author:
Archbold, John Frederick
Title:
A Collection of the Forms and Entries, Which Occur in Practice, in the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas in Personal Actions and Ejectment
Publisher:
Edward B. Gould, New York, 1828.
Description:
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, joints cracked; usable only
Book No.:
W-44416
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Rastell, William
Title:
A Colleccion of Entrees, Of declarations, barres, replications, reioinders, issues, verdits, iudgements, executions, proces, contynuances, essoynes, & diuers other matters [etc.]. S.T.C. 20730; Beale T448. Folio
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottel. Cum priuilegio [etc.], London, 1566.
Description:
First edition of Rastell's "supreme achievement", praised by Holdsworth and still of significant scholarly value (a subsequent edition is used by John Baker), originating a new type of book of entries, fundamental to the pleading of early English law
Condition:
Contemporary blind-ruled calf, centered lozenges, rebacked, the title lacking, vellum organizational strips affixed to the fore-edge, a working copy
Book No.:
W-77867
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
books of entry, pleading
 
Author:
Title:
Articuli ad Narrationes Novas Pertim[entes] [sic] Formati. S.T.C. 818; Beale T117
Publisher:
In aedibvs Roberti Redman, London, 1539.
Description:
A rare edition of the medieval tract glossing and complementing both Natura Brevium and Novae Narrationes, all works central to early pleading and practice in the royal courts, this the final edition printed by Redman; six copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, very light browning, one small marginal wormhole, else quite crisp with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78864
Price:
$ 4000.00
Category:
pleading
 
Author:
Title:
Natura Brevium Newly and moost treuly corrected, With dyuers additions of statutes boke cases, plees in abatementes of the sayd wryttes and theyr declaracio[n]s and barres to ye same added [etc.] [with] The olde tenures. S.T.C. 18397; Beale T92 and T78
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . Wythout Temple barre . . . by me Henry Smyth, London, 1545.
Description:
Two of the most important medieval English law books, preceding both Fitzherbert and Littleton respectively and providing the elementary instruction essential to early English law, in John Baker's words "serv[ing] as a primer into Tudor times"
Condition:
Modern calf, bound in two volumes, some browning, considerable notations in the Natura Brevium, altogether well preserved; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78865
Price:
$ 3250.00
Category:
Procedure, pleading, Real Property
Author:
Rastell, William
Title:
A Collection of Entrees, Of Declarations, Barres, Replications, Rejoynders, Issues, Verdicts, Judgements, Executions, Proces, Continuances, Essoines, and divers other matters . . . The Last Edition carefully Corrected [etc.]. Wing R293
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, and Henry Twyford [etc.], London, 1670.
Description:
Rastell's "supreme achievement", praised at length by Holdsworth and still of significant scholarly value, originating a new type of book of entries fundamental to proper pleading; with Blackstone's armorial bookplate on the front pastedown
Condition:
Modern speckled calf, definite browning and chipping, lacking two leaves, else a sound copy
Book No.:
W-69310
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
books of entry, pleading
Author:
Story, Joseph
Title:
A Selection of Pleadings in Civil Actions, Subsequent to the Declaration. With Occasional Annotations on the Law of Pleading. Cohen 9274
Publisher:
Published by Barnard B. Macanulty, Salem, 1805.
Description:
First edition of the first law treatise which we may definitely attribute solely to Story, and marking the first correspondence between Story and Jefferson, to whom Story sent a copy; arranged by subject, with Story's notes following the pleas
Condition:
Modern mottled goatskin morocco, gilt, the original label preserved, a pretty copy
Book No.:
W-74932
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
pleading, Supreme Court
 
Author:
Parker, Charles H. (ed.)
Title:
The Civil Practice Act of the State of California, As Amended, With Notes and References, and an Appendix [etc.]
Publisher:
H.H. Bancroft and Company, San Francisco, 1863.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-42515
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
pleading, California
Author:
Finlason, William
Title:
A Few Words on the Law, As It Was, As It Is, and As It Ought to Be: With Special Reference to County Courts Suits, and Actions at Law
Publisher:
V. & R. Stevens and G.S. Norton . . . Lincoln's Inn, London, 1850.
Description:
An uncommon tract written by a Master of the Bench of the Middle Temple and special pleader who served for almost a half century as The Times legal reporter, contending that the rules of pleading should apply in the newly established county courts
Condition:
Original ?self-stabbed wraps, disbound, a good clean copy, 31 pages; six copies in OCLC, one in a law library
Book No.:
W-76905
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
pleading, courts
Author:
Read, Collinson
Title:
The American Pleader's Assistant, Being a Collection of Approved Declarations, Writs, Returns, and Proceedings in the Several Actions Now in Use Within the United States. Cohen 9272
Publisher:
Published by I. Riley, & Co. No. 1, City Hotel, Broad-Way [etc.], New-York, 1806.
Description:
First edition of one of the earliest American works on the law of pleading (the third located by Cohen), whose compiler, Collinson Read, was one in a longish line of Pennsylvania lawyers and the author of several other works; arranged by action
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, spine defective, joint cracked; a working copy
Book No.:
W-67028
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
pleading
 
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Historia Placitorum Coronae. The History of the Pleas of the Crown . . . Now first published from his Lordship's Original Manuscript . . . with large Notes. By Sollom Emlyn of Lincoln's Inn [etc.]. Two Volumes
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London], 1736.
Description:
First 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:
Book No.:
W-45153
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
pleading, criminal law
 
Author:
Maitland, F.W.
Title:
Equity, Also The Forms of Action at Common Law, Two Courses of Lectures. Edited by A.H. Chaytor [and] W.J. Whittaker
Publisher:
At the University Press, Cambridge, 1909.
Description:
First edition of the lectures on equity delivered by Maitland at Cambridge for some eighteen years, an "inimitable guide to [an] intricate subject", with his lectures on the forms of action, said to have been "the best of all his lecture courses"
Condition:
Original cloth, quite rubbed and worn, joints cracking, just usable
Book No.:
W-78906
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
equity, pleading
Author:
C., J. (comp.)
Title:
Thesaurus Brevium. Or a Collection of Approved Forms of Writs, and Pleadings to those Writs, and Entries of those Writs and Pleadings . . . and of Absolute Necessity for all Practisers in the Common Law [etc.]. The Second Edition. Wing C76. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by W. Rawlins, S. Roycroft, and M. Flesher [etc.], London, 1687.
Description:
The final, much expanded edition ("not one Writ Printed from the [first edition] but with Corrections") appearing the same year as the final edition of the Register of Writs, and of clear use to Foley, Second Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas
Condition:
Contemporary calf, morocco label, rubbed, rear joint cracking but firm, else well preserved, with the bookplate of Richard Foley
Book No.:
W-77966
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Title:
Liber Placitandi. A Book of Special Pleadings: Containing Precedents of Pleas in Abatement, Declarations, Barrs, Replications, Rejoynders, Demurrers, Issues, and Judgments, In the now most Common and Ordinary Actions [etc.]. Wing L1951A. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for J. Place, and T. Basset [and thirteen others], London, 1674.
Description:
A pioneering work, "[t]he first book to classify torts as a separate category in the modern sense" in John Baker's words, distinguishing between nuisance, deceit, conversion, and negligence, all as part of "Actions sur le Case sur Torts General"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 brown calf over cloth boards, the title somewhat dusty, light browning, but a good usable copy
Book No.:
W-77968
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
pleading, torts
 
Author:
Title:
Articuli ad narrationes nouas Pertin[entes] formati. S.T.C. 820; Beale T118
Publisher:
Hunc libellum excudebat Henricus Smythe [etc.], London, 1545.
Description:
The rare, penultimate printing of the medieval tract glossing and complementing both Natura Brevium and Novae Narrationes, all works central to early pleading and practice in the royal courts; six copies in ESTC, two being fragments only
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, light browning and some marginal staining, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78990
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
pleading
 
Author:
Estee, Morris M.
Title:
Estee's Pleadings, Practice and Forms, Adapted to Actions and Special Proceedings under Codes of Civil Procedure. Fourth Edition: Revised and Enlarged by Charles T. Boone. Three Volumes [complete]
Publisher:
Bancroft-Whitney Company, San Francisco, 1898.
Description:
A work designed in the first instance for the code states in the West, but also intended to be of value for all the states, including New York, dependent on the Field Code; this edition prepared by Carter P. Pomeroy, John Pomeroy's son
Condition:
Original sheep, quite worn, one spine loose (the joint holding), other joints reinforced; a working set
Book No.:
W-91360
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
civil law, Procedure, pleading, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Rastell, William
Title:
A Collection of Entrees, Of declarations, barres, replications, reioinders, issues, verdits, iudgements, executions, proces, continuances, essoines, and diuers other matters. Newly amended, and much enlarged [etc.]. S.T.C. 20732; Beale T450
Publisher:
In aedibus Iane Yetsweirt relictae Caroli Yetsweirt [etc.], London, 1596.
Description:
Rastell's "supreme achievement", praised at length by Holdsworth and still of significant scholarly value (it is this edition used by John Baker), originating a new type of book of entries, fundamental to the proper pleading of early English law
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn but sturdy, with the contemporary signature of Richard Power on the title and his initials on the spine; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78687
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
books of entry, pleading
Author:
Parker, Charles H. (ed.)
Title:
The Civil Practice Act of the State of California, Including Amendments of 1868, with Notes and References to the Decisions of the Supreme Court, General Laws Germane to the Practice Act, and Standard Forms Applicable Thereto; and An Appendix
Publisher:
H.H. Bancroft and Company, San Francisco, 1868.
Description:
Condition:
Original sheep, rubbed, spine loose, back cover loose, very worn
Book No.:
W-52825
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
pleading, California
Author:
Stephen, Henry John
Title:
A Treatise on the Principles of Pleading in Civil Actions; Comprising a Summary View of the Whole Proceedings in a Suit at Law
Publisher:
Printed for Joseph Butterworth and Son, Law Booksellers [etc.], London, 1824.
Description:
First edition of Stephen's classic and influential work, one which John Baker calls "the first reasoned treatise" written on the principles of pleading, confirming Serjeant Stephen's view of them as "one of the finest products of human intellect"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over cloth boards, gilt, the title and next leaf and the last two leaves somewhat worn and marked, else a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76374
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Impey, John
Title:
The New Instructor Clericalis, Stating the Authority, Jurisdiction, and Modern Practice of the Court of Common Pleas. With Directions for commencing and defending Actions, entering up Judgments, suing out Executions [etc.]. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, by His Majesty's Law Printers [etc.], London, 1786.
Description:
A rare early edition of Impey's lucid, richly knowledgeable work on the Court of Common Pleas which, with his like work on the Court of King's Bench, have been called "the first systematic account of the practice of the two great common law courts"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, front joint cracked but holding, a clean usable copy; two copies in ESTC, neither in a law library
Book No.:
W-77371
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
pleading, pleading, courts
Author:
Impey, John
Title:
The New Instructor Clericalis, Stating the Authority, Jurisdiction, and Modern Practice of the Court of Common Pleas. With Directions for commencing and defending Actions, entering up Judgments, suing out Executions [etc.]. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, by His Majesty's Law Printers [etc.], London, 1786.
Description:
A rare early edition of Impey's lucid, richly knowledgeable work on the Court of Common Pleas which, with his like work on the Court of King's Bench, have been called "the first systematic account of the practice of the two great common law courts"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, front joint cracked but holding, a clean usable copy; two copies in ESTC, neither in a law library
Book No.:
W-77371
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
pleading, pleading, courts
 
Author:
Heath, Robert
Title:
Maxims and Rules of Pleading; in Actions Real, Personal, and Mixt, Popular, and Penal: Describing the Nature of Declarations, Pleas, Replications, Rejoynders, and all other Parts of Pleading . . . from the Manuscript of Sir Robert Heath [etc]. Wing H1340
Publisher:
Printed for Abel Roper, at the Mitre near Temple-Bar, London, 1694.
Description:
First edition of Heath's treatise, published after his death and based on his law notes and on the Year Books, Littleton, Dyer and Plowden, and patterned on Sir Matthew Hale's edition of Fitzherbert's Natura Brevium; with the imprimatur leaf
Condition:
Contemporary calf, front joint just cracking but firm, spine varnished, later label, ex-LA County Law Library, light browning; a usable copy
Book No.:
W-79162
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
maxims, pleading
 
Author:
Powell, Thomas
Title:
The Attourney's Academy: Or, The Manner and forme of proceeding practically, vpon any Suite, Plaint or Action whatsoeuer, in any Court of Record whatsoeuer, within this Kingdome: Especially, in the Great Covrts at Westminster [etc.]. S.T.C. 20163. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed [by George Purslowe] for Beniamin Fisher [etc.], London, 1623.
Description:
First edition variant of Powell's pioneering work on the practice in the Royal and other courts, in John Baker's words "[t]he first printed treatise on common-law procedure", with much on Chancery, Common Pleas, Star Chamber, and the Exchequer
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, front blank and title repaired (legibility preserved) and a bit dusty, else quite crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79173
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
pleading
 
Author:
Gilbert, Geoffrey
Title:
The History and Practice of Civil Actions, Particularly in the Court of Common Pleas, Being An Historical Account of the Parts and Order of Judicial Proceedings . . . With an Introduction, on the Constitution of England. The Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed by his Majesty's Law Printers For P. Uriel [etc.], London, 1779.
Description:
A work praised by John Baker, Holdsworth, and Blackstone, the last terming it "a book of a very different stamp [written] in a most clear and ingenious manner", with a prefatory account of the English constitution, beginnng with Alfred the Great
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, light browning, else especially well preserved and attractive; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79166
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
pleading, English constitutional law

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