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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:
Fitzherbert, Anthony and John Rastell (comps.)
Title:
La Table co[n]teynant en sommarie les choses notables en la graunde Abridgement, composee par le Iudge tresreuerend monsieur Anthony Fytzherbert, dernierment renue et corige: Au quell est nouelment adioustee les nombres des cases [etc.]. S.T.C. 10956.5
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottell decimo Nouembris [etc.], London, 1565.
Description:
The earliest of the indexes of the common law, begun by Fitzherbert and improved by John Rastell to accompany the first edition of Fitzherbert's famed abridgement, but not then completed and here finally remedied to accompany Tottel's 1565 edition
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, centered gilt lozenges, front joint cracking but firm, initials "T H" (?Thomas Harriott), Ehrman bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79380
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Littleton, Thomas
Title:
Littleton Tenures in Englishe [bound with] Littletons Tenures [in Law French]. S.T.C. 15767 and 15738.7; Beale T50 and T21
Publisher:
[1] by Richard Tottell [2] Rychard Tottil, London, 1556 & 1557.
Description:
An unusual pairing of two editions of the first English legal treatise to be printed, one in the original Law French and the other in its English translation, a work which Maitland praised as a "lucid and classical book on the tenure of land"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, neatly repaired, scribbles on first title and last leaf, some staining, else quite clean with generous margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79445
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
conveyancing, Real Property, Real Property
Author:
Title:
Liber quorundam Canonum disciplinae ecclesiae Anglicanae. Anno 1571. S.T.C. 10037.5 [variant 2 with the cancel slip]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by John Day, London, 1571.
Description:
The first Latin printing comprising a second part of the revised 39 Articles of 1563, "established [by Elizabeth I] as the doctrinal foundations of the Church of England", to which clergy were ordered to subscribe by Act of Parliament in 1571
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, lightish staining, the lower margin cut close (no text affected), else clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79405
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Trusler, John
Title:
A Summary of The Constitutional Laws of England, Being an Abridgement of Blackstone's Commentaries [with] "A List of Books Published By the Rev. Dr. Trusler". Not in Eller; compare Laeuchli 122 [not recording the eight page "List of Books" present here]
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, at the Literary-Press [etc.], London, 1788.
Description:
The rare first edition of the first abridgment of Blackstone, published within a decade of his death and the earliest of three to appear in the 18th century; six copies in ESTC (one in North America), none containing Trusler's "List of Books"
Condition:
Contemporary 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the spine chipped and the joints cracking, but quite firm, some lightish staining; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78781
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Abridgements
 
Author:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Collection in English, of the Statutes nowe in force, continued from the beginning of Magna Charta, made in the 9 yeere of the reigne of King H.3. vntill . . . the 23 yeere of the Reigne of our gracious Queene Elizabeth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9315; Cowley 77
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Christopher Barker . . . 1583 [colophon], London, 1583.
Description:
One of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference [and of] enormous success", arranging the statutes alphabetically and far surpassing all previous efforts
Condition:
Modern calf, the original covers mounted, margin of title repaired (no text affected), minor marginal worming, yet a very good copy (the Taussig copy)
Book No.:
W-77985
Price:
$ 4500.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
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, Ryots, Routs, Vnlawfull assemblies . . . Forgeries, Periuries . . . Deceit [etc.]. S.T.C. 20495. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1609.
Description:
First 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 sheep, quite rubbed, small hole to the title (no text affected), some marginal worming and light dampstaining, usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78373
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Levinz, Creswell
Title:
A Collection of Select and Modern Entries of Declarations, Pleadings, Issues, Verdicts, Judgments, &c. Referring to Cases in Sir Creswell Levinz's Reports; The Judgment of the Court being added to each President [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1702.
Description:
Only edition of Levinz's "Entries", published the year following his death, as were his Reports, designed to accompany them, and reflecting his talents as a pleader, "for which [in Holdsworth's words] he was eminently well fitted"
Condition:
Contemporary blind-tooled, unlettered calf, a bit of staining and some minor marginal worming, else a very good clean copy; without the portrait
Book No.:
W-77849
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
books of entry, reports of cases
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:
Reasons for a Registry: Shewing briefly The great Benefits and Advantages that may accrew to this Nation thereby. And Likewise Reconciling those mistaken Inconveniences which many have conceived thereof. Wing R486. 4to
Publisher:
Printed for Charles Harper . . . in Fleetstreet, London, 1678.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate, first bruited by Henry VIII, whether to require registration of title or of conveyances (or of neither), not finally resolved in England until the mid-19th century and, comprehensively, the 20th century
Condition:
Modern boards, printed paper label, browned, else quite sound with untrimmed edges and both blanks, the first chipped and soiled; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79651
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
colonies, Connecticut, conveyancing, Real Property
Author:
Lambard, William
Title:
Eirenarcha: Or of The Office of the Justices of Peace [etc.] [bound with] The Dueties of Constables, Borsholders, Tythingmen, and such other lowe and Lay Ministers of the Peace [etc.]. S.T.C. 15169 and 15152; Beale T395 and T386
Publisher:
Printed by Thomas Wight, and Bonham Norton, London, 1599.
Description:
The last sixteenth century editions (and the last to appear during Lambarde's lifetime) of the pre-eminent early works on justices of the peace and other inferior local officials, the fruits of Lambarde's experience in the former capacity
Condition:
Contemporary vellum, yapp edges, somewhat rubbed, else well-preserved and especially crisp; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78793
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
justices of peace, Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Title:
Anno secundo et tertio, Edovardi Sexti [1549]. Actes made in the session of this present Parliament, holden upon prorogation at Westminster . . . in the second yeare of our most dread soueraign Lorde Edwarde the vi [etc.]. Beale S224a; S.T.C. 9426
Publisher:
Richardvs Graftonvs [i.e. Richard Tottel], London, 1570?.
Description:
The Parliament whose first act "produced the first Prayer Book of the Church of England", ushered in by its Act of Uniformity, thus beginning the Edwardian Reformation in religion, to be supplemented by the act [c.21] permitting priests to marry
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, minor worming, else well preserved with ample margins, the second setting of Fii; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79210
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, Religion
Author:
Lambarde, William
Title:
Eirenarcha, or of the Office of the Iustices of Peace [bound with] The Dvties of Constables, Borsholders, Tythingmen, and such other lowe and Lay Ministers of the Peace. Whereunto be adioyned, the seuerall offices of Church Ministers &c. STC 15172/15158
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1610.
Description:
Early seventeenth century editions of Lambarde's two major works on justices of the peace and their complementary local officers, including surveyors of highways, overseers of the poor and destroyers of "noisome fowle and vermin"
Condition:
Contemporary vellum, the first blanks frayed and the top margin cut a bit close, else quite fresh with the text block sound and tight; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79549
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
justices of peace, Ecclesiastical Law, poor law, law of highways, law of nuisance
Author:
Title:
Vn Abridgement de touts les Cases, reportes per Mounsieur Iasqves Dyer. S.T.C. 7387
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1609.
Description:
Final edition of the first abridgement of Dyer's reports, published coterminously with the reports themselves, one of the two named reports of the 16th century (with Plowden's), in Dr. Baker's words, "an essential possession for every law student"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, rebacked, the foremargin of the title just chipped (text not affected), occasional marginal notations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79575
Price:
$ 675.00
Category:
Abridgements, reports of cases
Author:
Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal [of the Seven Bishops] [with] Atkyns, An Inquiry into the Power of Dispensing with Penal Statutes [with] Atkyns, The Power, Jurisdiction and Priviledge of Parliament [with] Langhorne, King's Right in Dispensing with The Penal Laws
Publisher:
Imprints vary; Wing S564, A4138, A4141, and L396, all folios, London, 1687-89.
Description:
Four works central to English constitutional law and the Glorius Revolution, establishing the right of Parliament to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation and strengthening the power of the jury as the ultimate constitutional arbiter
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, with the portrait and two advertising leaves (one repaired), generally clean and well preserved; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79360
Price:
$ 1000.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Cunningham, Timothy
Title:
The Law of Highways and Turnpike Roads; . . . I. What shall be deemed a Highway; to whom the Freehold and Soil of the Highway belong . . . II. All the Acts of Parliament Now in Force . . . III. Variety of Precedents relative to the Execution of the Acts &c.
Publisher:
Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall [etc.], London, 1773.
Description:
The rare, only edition of one of some twenty works by the Middle Temple barrister and antiquary, and his sole work devoted exclusively to the law of highways, his scholarship elsewhere praised by Holdsworth; one copy in ESTC, none in North America
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, label lacking, margins of index cut close (legibility preserved), inkspot to title, clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79644
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
law of highways
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
La Huictme Part des Reports . . . des diuers Resolutions & Jugements donez sur solennes arguments & auec grand deliberation & conference des trereuerends Iuges & Sages de la Ley, de cases en ley [etc.]. S.T.C. 5513 variant 2. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Stationers, London, 1611.
Description:
First edition of the eighth part of Coke's Reports, in whose preface he discusses at length the ancient laws of England, seeking to establish their pre-Conquest existence (by citation to historical authority) and the books in which they may be found
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some staining, mainly lightish and marginal, else a good copy with the occasional annotation; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78233
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
The New Law Dictionary . . . Carefully Abridged . . . And particularly Referring To all the Law-Reports, and Acts of Parliament . . . Whereto is added, A curious Catalogue or Register of the Year-Books and Reports, with the Times of their Publication
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for R. Ware [and twelve others], London, 1743.
Description:
The uncommon (and sole) abridgment of Jacob's masterpiece, his original work far different from previous dictionaries, this abridgment undertaken by Jacob himself, with a special effort made to render it "easy, clear, and familiar"
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, somewhat rubbed, else a very good clean copy; eight copies in ESTC, one in a law library
Book No.:
W-77706
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
legal dictionaries, Abridgements, reports of cases, Acts, Year Books
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:
Ashe, Thomas
Title:
Epieikeia: Et Table generall a les Annales del Ley, per quel facilment troueres touts les cases contenus in yceux; queux concerne le exposition des Statutes per Equitie [etc.]. S.T.C. 840
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of the Stationers, London, 1609.
Description:
Only edition of Ashe's much praised work, its introduction [in English] "a highly intelligent discourse on the nature of equity in English law", capturing from the year books and reported cases instances in which statutes have been extended equitably
Condition:
Modern dark calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, red edges, three circular library stamps, else quite clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79324
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
equity, Year Books, reports of cases
Author:
Title:
Magna Charta, cum statutis, tum antiquis, tum recentibus, maximopere, animo tenendis nunc demum ad vnum, tipis aedita per Richardum Tottell S.T.C. 9280; Beale S19
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Richard Tottell, the 8. day of Marche 1576, London, 1576.
Description:
A pioneering printing of Magna Carta, introducing recent statutes, providing references to Rastell's Collection (and even improving and adding to it), and containing a new preface, all to be followed in the main in subsequent editions
Condition:
Modern calf, double blind ruled and gilt lettered, very light browning, else well preserved with generous margins and occasional notes; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79400
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
English Commonwealth, Gold Coast, GHANA, Magna Carta
Author:
Title:
Orders deuised by the especiall commandement of the Queenes Maiestie, for the reliefe and stay of the present dearth of Graine wihin the Realme; Sent from the Court at Greenewich abroad into the Realme . . . by her Maiesties Priuie Counsell. S.T.C. 9194
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1587.
Description:
The pathbreaking Privy Council orders issued following the 1586 famine seeking to ensure the public food supply, regulating with minute care and prompt reporting quantities permitted each family and prices for the excess to be brought to market
Condition:
Modern calf, elaborately gilt, slightly bowed, front joint just cracking but very firm; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79135
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
poor law
Author:
Bentham, Jeremy
Title:
Chrestomathia: Being a Collection of Papers, Explanatory of the Design of an Institution, Proposed to Be Set on Foot . . . for the Extension of the New System of Instruction to the Higher Branches of Learning [etc.] [Part I]. Chou C1(2)
Publisher:
Printed for Messrs. Payne and Foss . . . and R. Hunter [etc.], London, 1816.
Description:
First published edition of the first part of Bentham's sole work on education, ambitiously proposing extending suitable secondary education to the "middling classes" and ultimately influencing Bentham's ideas as embodied in his 'Constitutional Code'
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed boards, printed paper label, some browning and staining, moreso to the fore-margin, else a crisp copy; with the two folding tables
Book No.:
W-77051
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
education
Author:
Stoughton, William
Title:
An Abstract, of Certain Acts of parliament: of certaine her Maiesties Iniunctions: of certain Canons, Constitutions, and Synodalles prouinciall: established and in force, for the peaceable gouernment of the Church [etc.]. S.T.C. 10394. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by Robert Waldegrave, London, 1583.
Description:
Part and parcel of the first substantial, organized Puritan opposition to the oath ex-officio and the High Commission, prompted specifically by Archbishop Whitgift's Twenty-Four Articles seeking to impose uniformity of liturgical observance
Condition:
Modern black morocco, all edges gilt, cut somewhat close with some running heads and catchwords shaved, the text unaffected, some browning; a good copy
Book No.:
W-76910
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Dalton, Michael
Title:
The Office and Authorities of Sheriffs: Gathered out of the Statutes, and Books of the Common Laws of this Kingdom. To which is added an Appendix or Supplement, containing a Collection of the Statutes touching Sheriffs [etc.]. Wing D153. Folio in 4's
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard Atkins [etc.], London, 1682.
Description:
A late 17th century edition (much expanded) of the first work on the sheriff at English law, comprehensively treating writs, returns, executions and other processes, and the sheriff's relation to the jury, his accounts and subordinates, inter alia
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over cloth boards, lightly rubbed and light browning, else well preserved with particularly ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78484
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
sheriffs
Author:
Adye, Stephen Payne
Title:
A Treatise on Courts Martial. To Which is Added, An Essay on Military Punishments and Rewards. The Third Edition, With Additions and Amendments [with the 1785 dated title page; seven copies in ESTC]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Murray, No. 32, Fleet-Street, London, 1785.
Description:
A rare early edition of the first work devoted primarily to the English law of courts martial and the last published in Adye's life, becoming "the standard work for military judicial practice in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, light foxing and browning, moreso to the first and last leaves, a very good copy with the advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78870
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
courts martial
Author:
Keyser, Henry
Title:
The Law Relating to Transactions on the Stock Exchange
Publisher:
Henry Butterworth, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1850.
Description:
Only edition of a work written on the eve of the dramatic half-century transforming the London Stock Exchange, expanding its transactions beyond government and railway securities to commercial and industrial stocks safeguarded by limited liability
Condition:
Original cloth, neatly rebacked, printed paper label, some browning and general wear, else a good copy; with a 16 page Butterworth catalogue appended
Book No.:
W-76854
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
economics, Law and the stockmarket
Author:
Justice, Alexander
Title:
A General Treatise of the Dominion of the Sea . . . With Several Discourses about the Jurisdiction and manner of Proceeding in the Admiralty of England . . . [with] Several Eminent Lawyers Opinions in important Marine Cases [etc.]. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed for the Executors of J. Nicholson [etc.], London, 1710?].
Description:
One of the few substantial early works in English on maritime law, particularly valuable for its translations of the French laws of Louis XIV, the Rhodian sea laws, those of Oleron and Wisbuy and of the Hanse towns; with the folding frontispiece
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, the original extra gilt spine laid down, some browning, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78366
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
maritime law, international law
Author:
Herne, John
Title:
The Law of Charitable Uses, Wherein the Statute of 43. Eliz. Chap. 4 is set forth and Explained . . . Also Presidents, Inquisitions, and Decrees, with divers Judgments, and Resolutions . . .upon the said Statute. The Second Edition, much enlarged. Wing H1569
Publisher:
Printed by J.S. for Timothy Twyford [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
Final, expanded edition of the first treatise on English charitable law, examining the pioneering Elizabethan statute creating poor law's legal framework for centuries, with its preamble "to have the greatest influence on the English law of charity"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked and repaired, minor worming and some staining, mainly marginal, else clean and serviceable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79762
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
charities, poor law
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
La Sept Part des Reports . . . des diurs Resolutions & Iudgements done sur solemne arguments, & auec grand deliberation & conference des tresreuerend Iudges & Sages de la Ley, de cases in ley [etc.]. S.T.C. 5512. Folio
Publisher:
Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Societie of Stationers, London, 1629.
Description:
An early edition of the seventh part of the "Reports", containing in its preface Coke's rejoinder to the polemic levelled against his speech and charge at the Norwich assises, and beginning with Coke's famed report of "Calvin's Case"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some staining, else a good copy with ample margins and the occasional early marginalia; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78221
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
Noy, William
Title:
A Treatise of the Principal Grounds and Maxims of the Laws of This Nation [etc.]. The Fourth Edition [with] ?John Doddridge, A Treatise of Particular Estates [with] T.H., Certain Observations Concerning a Deed of Feoffment. Wing N1456
Publisher:
Printed for T. Collins [and four others] [imprints vary], London, 1677.
Description:
An early edition of three works introducing a student to English law, including the most popular of all early works devoted to English legal maxims, an elementary view of real property (doubtfully attributed to John Dodderidge), and a primer on deeds
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled sheep, neatly rebacked, quite clean and bright, with the final two blanks and the first blank Signature A; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79706
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
maxims, conveyancing, Real Property, introductory law
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:
Title:
A Collection of Letters and Other Writings, Relating to The Horrid Popish Plott: Printed from the Originals in the Hands of George Treby Esq; Chairman of the Committee of Secrecy Of the Honourable House of Commons [and eighteen other works]. Folio
Publisher:
Various Printers, London, 1679-81.
Description:
An extensive collection of works on the infamous Popish Plot, begun by Titus Oates and leading to the executions of dozens of innocent accused as a frenzied anti-Catholic hysteria, particularly directed at the Jesuits, gripped England
Condition:
?Original self-wraps, disbound, showing some wear and occasional browning, but usable, the Taussig copies; a detailed listing gladly provided
Book No.:
W-78127
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Popish Plot, trials, Religion
Author:
Littleton, Thomas
Title:
Lytylton tenures newly and most truly corrected & amended. S.T.C. 15728
Publisher:
In edibus Richardi Pynsonis, Anno dni MCCCCxxviii [etc.], London, 1528.
Description:
The rare, final Pynson printing of one of the five great English law books and the first English legal treatise to be printed, the work which Maitland called a "lucid and classical book"; three copies in ESTC (one imperfect), one in North America
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, gilt, colophon lacking, two leaves in facsimile, a few small marginal repairs, title darkened; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78669
Price:
$ 7500.00
Category:
Real Property
Author:
Title:
Anno Mariae primo. Actes made in the Parliament begun and holden at Westminster the second day of Aprill [1554], in the first yeere of the raigne of our most gratious soueraigne Ladye Marie [until] the fyfth day of Maye [etc.]. S.T.C. 9444.4; Beale S250b
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in edibus Iohannis Cawodi [?R. Jugge] [etc.], London, 1554 [?1572].
Description:
An uncommon printing of the legislation of Mary's second parliament, the final parliament during which she reigned as sole monarch, including the act [c.2] specifying in great detail the terms of the marriage between her and Philip of Spain
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some staining, else quite crisp with excellent margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79206
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, marriage
Author:
Zouch, Richard
Title:
Elementa Jurisprudentiae Definitionibus, Regulis & Sententiis selectioribus Juris Civilis, Illustrata; Accesserunt Descriptiones Juris & Judicii, Sacri, Militaris, et Maritimi
Publisher:
Sumptibus Joh. Nevilsoni, Amsterdam, 1652?.
Description:
The first joint printing of four works of the noted English civilian repeatedly praised by Holdsworth, who terms the first work "the best specimen of the literature on the theory of law" and Zouche "the earliest English writer on jurisprudence"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, blind ruled and decorated, rubbed, later paper label hand lettered, red edges, very clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79566
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
jurisdiction, roman law, maritime law, military 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:
Title:
A Collection of All the Statutes Now in Force, Relating to the Duties of Excise in England
Publisher:
Printed by Mark Bassett [etc.], London, 1764.
Description:
First edition of a rare, vast compendium, seemingly more comprehensive than its predecessors, setting forth the legislation for England's excise from the reign of James I, arranged chronologically, with a summary table, tax rates, and a subject index
Condition:
Modern 1/2 calf over marbled boards, the first and last leaves somewhat browned, a very little foxing, else sound; two copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-78029
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Commercial Law, taxation
Author:
Wilson, John
Title:
A Short Treatise on the Law Relative to Arbitration. Containing Adjudged Cases on That Useful Subject to the Present Time. Digested and Arranged under Familiar Heads. With An Appendix of Useful Precedents
Publisher:
Printed for J. Moore, 45, College Green, Dublin, 1793.
Description:
The Dublin edition of the rarest of all early works on the English law of arbitration and the only work of Wilson (a Yorkshire attorney), relying on Blackstone in extending the arbitrator's powers to conveyances of real property; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, crimson morocco label, gilt, quite rubbed, title browned, browning elsewhere, else sound and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79483
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
arbitration, Real Property, conveyancing
Author:
Smith, Thomas
Title:
De Republica Anglorum. The maner of Governement or policie of the Realme of England, compiled by . . . Thomas Smyth Knight, Doctor of both the lawes, and one of the principal Secretaries vnto . . . King Edward . . . and Queene Elizabeth. S.T.C. 22858
Publisher:
Printed by Henrie Midleton for Gregorie Seton, anno Domini 1584, London, 1584.
Description:
Second edition of the first English treatise on comparative constitutional law, highly regarded by Maitland, who adjudged that the work "will be quoted and transcribed so long as men take any interest in the history of the English constitution"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco, a trifle browned with a trace of marginal staining, headlines occasionally just shaved, with the Ehrman bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79418
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Comparative Law
Author:
Vernon, Christopher
Title:
Considerations For regulating the Exchequer, In the more timely answering, better husbanding, and more orderly and safe conduct of the Revenues of the Crown into his Majesties Coffers, as hath been heretofore used by Sheriffes [etc.]. Wing V244
Publisher:
Printed by Tho. Harper, and are to be sold by [four others], London, 1642.
Description:
First edition of the first legal treatise on the Exchequer, exposing considerable corruption in its practice, written by one of its officials, to whom a substantial grant had been made "in consideration of his service in discovering sundry abuses"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered double blind ruled sheep, skillfully repaired and refurbished, quite clean and crisp, with the errata leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79481
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
economics, sheriffs, taxation
Author:
Hunter, Sylvester Joseph
Title:
The Act to Amend the Law of Property and to Relieve Trustees, (22 & 23 Vict. c.35,) with Introductions and Practical Notes
Publisher:
Butterworths, 7, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1859.
Description:
The uncommon work written by a Lincoln's Inn barrister (elsewhere praised by Holdsworth for his expertise in equity), providing an introduction to each section of the Act, followed by the statutory text itself, and then a further gloss
Condition:
Original printed boards, quite darkened and rubbed, else a very good, clean and partly uncut copy; with a 24 page Butterworth's catalogue appended
Book No.:
W-76907
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Author:
Watson, William
Title:
A Treatise of the Law of Partnership. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Butterworth, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1807.
Description:
The best edition of the first work on the English law of partnership, undertaken by the future Lord Campbell, who supplies an introduction, treating at length many of the leading cases of the late 18th century, including those of Lord Mansfield
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite rubbed, a bit of cracking to the top of the joints and some very light foxing, yet a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76101
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Partnership
Author:
Selden, John
Title:
De Dis Syris Syntagmata II. Aduersaria nempe de Numinibus commentitiis in Vetere Instrumento memoratis. accedunt quae sunt reliqua Syrorum. Prisca porro Arabum, Aegyptiorum, Persarum, Afrorum, Europaeorum item Theologia subinde illustratur. S.T.C. 22167
Publisher:
Bibliopolarum corpori excudebat Guilielmus Stansbeius, London, 1617.
Description:
First edition of the work on ancient religions which "quickly became celebrated outside England", established Selden's reputation for learning in Europe, and "remains a remarkable achievement, even when viewed through the lens of modern scholarship"
Condition:
Early blind panelled calf, rebacked, a bit strained, the margins cut close (no text affected), minor staining to the last leaves; a good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-76944
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
jewish law, Religion
Author:
Meredith, William
Title:
Letter to Dr. Blackstone, By the Author of the Question Stated. To which is prefixed, Dr. Blackstone's Letter to Sir William Meredith. Eller 259
Publisher:
Printed for G. Woodfall, Charing Cross [etc.], London, 1770.
Description:
Part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, and most embarrassing for Blackstone, accused of saying one thing in his 'Commentaries' and another as a Member of Parliament, in Ian Doolittle's words "caught leaden-footed in debate"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a very good crisp copy; with the half-title
Book No.:
W-77718
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
law of elections, English constitutional law
Author:
Vaughan, Rice
Title:
Practica Walliae; Or the Proceedings in the Great Sessions of Wales: Containing the Method and Practice of an Attorney there, from an Original to the Execution. Whereunto is added, The Old Statute of Wales at large [etc.]. Wing V136. 12mo
Publisher:
Printed for Henry Twyford . . . Assignes of Richard Atkins [etc.], London, 79575.
Description:
Only edition of the only early legal treatise on Welsh law following the 1536 Act of Union between England and Wales and the establishment of the Court of Great Session in 1543; with an abridgement of all statutes uniting Wales to England appended
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, the margins cut close and the title shaved, legibility preserved, ex-library, crisp, with the advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79576
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
WALES
Author:
Title:
Charter of Incorporation: Bye-Laws: Regulations: and Grant of Arms [with] Supplemental Charter [and Bye-Laws] [with] Thirteen Annual Reports of the Society's Council [with] Seven Related Documents
Publisher:
V.p., London, 1836-72.
Description:
An extensive run of annual reports and related materials of the Society during its early years, seemingly unrecorded, providing considerable biographical detail and much insight into professional and educational concerns of attorneys and solicitors
Condition:
Later buckram, ex-library, good clean copies, twenty-two publications and 734 pages in total; a complete listing gladly provided
Book No.:
W-76159
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Bench and Bar
Author:
Title:
Catalogue of the Worcester County Law Library 1881 [with] Catalogue of the Worcester County Law Library 1890 [with] Catalogue of the Worcester County Law Library. Supplement. 1895
Publisher:
Press of Chas. Hamilton, 311 Main Street [imprint varies], Worcester, 1881-95.
Description:
Rare, and in the case of the 1890 catalogue and its 1895 Supplement, apparently unrecorded, catalogues, each arranged alphabetically by author or title complemented by subject matter indices; one copy of the 1881 catalogue in OCLC
Condition:
Original printed sewn wraps, a trifle marked, else very good copies; 67, 162, and 44 pages
Book No.:
W-76036
Price:
$ 150.00
Category:
libraries
Author:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Colleccion of all the Statutes (from the beginning of Magna Carta unto the yere of our Lorde, 1557) whiche were before that yere imprinted [to] the fyrst yere of the raigne of our souerayne Lady Quene Elizabeth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9307; Beale S59; Cowley 52
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1559.
Description:
One of two variants of the second edition of one of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference", surpassing all previous efforts; two copies in ESTC in this country
Condition:
Modern blind ruled and decorated panelled calf, the spine gilt-lettered, minor marginal worming, else well-preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78342
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
Author:
Pratt, John Tidd
Title:
The Law Relating to Highways, Comprising the Statute 5 & 6 Will. IV. Cap. 50, (Passed 31st August, 1835,) with Table of Contents, Explanatory Notes, Forms, References, and a Copious Index
Publisher:
Shaw and Sons, 137 & 138, Fetter Lane, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1835.
Description:
The rare first edition of an enormously successful work, written by the able Inner Temple barrister whose official government functions spanned much of the 19th century, the work itself reaching a 21st edition in 1967; one copy in OCLC in the USA
Condition:
Original boards, printed paper label, quite worn, joints cracking but holding, else a very good, clean, untrimmed copy in unsophisticated state
Book No.:
W-76885
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
law of highways
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Difficiles Nugae; Or, Observations Touching the Torricellian Experiment, and The various Solutions of the same, especially touching the Weight and Elasticity of the Air. Second Edition. Wing H239
Publisher:
Printed by W. Godbid, for William Shrowsbury [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
One of Hale's few published and polemical scientific works, disputing the theories of Descartes and Robert Boyle, relying in significant part upon Aristotle, and evidencing his "chosen public statement of the correct approach to the natural world"
Condition:
Modern calf, some light browning, else a good copy, with the addendum at p.281 and the folding table at page 304, neither noted in ESTC
Book No.:
W-78053
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
Anno quarto & quinto Philippi & Mariae. Actes made at a Parliament begun and holden at Westminster, the xx day of January, in the iiii & v yere of the raigne of our soueraigne Lord and Lady, Philip & Mariae [1558] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9457.8; Beale S265
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in AEdibus Iohannis Cawodi [i.e. R. Jugge], London, 1573?.
Description:
The rare final printing of the acts of Philipp and Mary's last parliament, including the extension of the right to a jury trial to the royal family [c.7] and the punishment of those abducting heiresses under age 16 [c.8]; two complete copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, slightly strained, one pinhole worm, light mainly marginal staining, else crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79225
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts
Author:
Title:
De Anno primo . . . Edwardi quinti [with] Anno primo [and secundo] Richardi tertii [with] omnes [cases] Anni Regis Henrici Septimi [with] le Report de tout ceux cases . . . Henry 8. Not in STC, 9912, 9919.5, 9926, 9943; Not in Beale, R390, R399, R414, R454
Publisher:
Richard Tottel [imprints vary], London, 1583-91.
Description:
A unique collection of year book reports, including the only year for which we have cases from the brief reign of Edward V (one not recorded in S.T.C., Beale, or ESTC), and the only collected 16th century edition of all the year books of Henry VIII
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, centered blind lozenges, the front board loose, extensive notations throughout, generally fresh; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78158
Price:
$ 6500.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Title:
Anno XXXVII. Henrici Octavi. Statutes Made in the parliament, holden at Westminster in the XXXVII yere [1545] of the moste renowned Henry the eyght, by the grace of God kinge of England, Fraunce, and Irelande [etc.]. Beale S214; S.T.C. 9414.5. Folio
Publisher:
T. Marsh?], London, 1575?].
Description:
The last early printing of the acts of the last Parliament of Henry VIII, twenty-four chapters in total, introducing for the first time in England a lawful interest rate (10%), the laws against usury remaining in effect until their repeal in 1854
Condition:
Modern cloth-backed marbled boards, some staining, else crisp; eight copies in STC, including this, the Hetherington (now the Taussig) copy
Book No.:
W-78541
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, law of usury
Author:
Zouche, Richard
Title:
Quaestionum Juris Civilis Centuria. In Decem Classes Distributa. Non minus ad Legum Generalium Cognitionem, quam ad studiosorum Exercitationem, accommodata. Wing Z24
Publisher:
Excudebat Gul: Hall, Impensis Thomae Robinson, Oxford, 1659.
Description:
First edition of the last work to be published in the lifetime of Zouche, capping his career as (in Holdsworth's words) "the earliest English writer on Jurisprudence", set in the form of question and response, and introducing the student to law
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, very light browning, else quite clean with good margins and an occasional notation; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79702
Price:
$ 1450.00
Category:
international law, civil law
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:
Wallis, Ralph
Title:
More News from Rome or Magna Charta, Discoursed of between a Poor Man & his Wife . . . An Assertion of Dr. William Warmstrey . . . wherein he affirmeth, that It is a lesser sin for a man to kill his Father, than to refrain coming to the Divine Service
Publisher:
for the Author, for the only benefit of his Wife and Children, London, 1666.
Description:
One of the few surviving works of Wallis, the radical protestant called the Cobbler of Gloucester, invoking Magna Charta as part of his vituperative attack on the Church of England and "the scandalous and shameful conduct of Anglican clergyman"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, definite browning and the margins cut close, but clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78007
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Magna Carta, Religion, Radicals
 
Author:
Littleton, Thomas
Title:
Lyttelton tenures in Englyshhe. S.T.C. 15761.8; not in Beale
Publisher:
Imprynted at London: in Fletestrete, by me Robert Redman [etc.], London, 1540?.
Description:
Among the earliest printings of Littleton in English (preceded by six other printings in English, two untraced), the work which Maitland called a "lucid and classical book", this edition the final Redman printing and itself rare, two copies in STC
Condition:
Contemporary calf, heads by Martin Dature (Oldham HM11), endpapers from the 1st ed of Doctor and Student, two leaves torn with loss; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78868
Price:
$ 6500.00
Category:
Real Property
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:
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:
A Booke of Proclamations, published since the beginning of his Maiesties most happy Reigne ouer England . . . Untill this present Moneth of Febr. 3. Anno Dom. 1609. S.T.C. 7759
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1610.
Description:
First edition of a controversial work, viewed by the House of Commons as demonstrating James's attempt to effect unilaterally by proclamation acts requiring Parliamentary consent, leading to the voiding of those contended to be especially grevious
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, quite rubbed, some marginal worming; with an ?unrecorded "Books printed or sold by William Leak" on the rear pastedown
Book No.:
W-78271
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Title:
The Contentes of This Boke. Fyrste the booke for a Justice of peace. The boke that teacheth to kept a court Baron, or a lete [and] a courte hundred. The boke[s] called returna Breuium [and] Carta foedi [and] the Kynges Escheker [etc.]. STC 14882; Beale T153
Publisher:
Imprinted at London . . . by Richard Tottil [etc.], London, 1559.
Description:
The collection of highly practical treatises designed for justices of the peace, sheriffs, bailiffs and other local officials, this being the edition selected by Holdsworth as representative, its contents termed "a useful handbook [and] essential"
Condition:
Contemporary blind tooled unlettered calf, neatly repaired, quite rubbed, the colophon leaf in facsimile, else complete and very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79590
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
justices of peace, Every Man Law Books, courts, Exchequer, sheriffs, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Difficiles Nugae; Or, Observations Touching the Torricellian Experiment, and The various Solutions of the same, especially touching the Weight and Elasticity of the Air. Wing H238
Publisher:
Printed by W. Godbid, for William Shrowsbury [etc.], London, 1674.
Description:
First edition of one of Hale's few published scientific works, disputing the theories of Descartes and Robert Boyle, relying in significant part upon Aristotle, and evidencing his "chosen public statement of the correct approach to the natural world"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, Gloddaeth Library bookplate, effaced signature of ?Thomas Mostyn on title, ?later label; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78222
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
Science and the law
Author:
Norden, John
Title:
The Surveiors Dialogue, Very profitable for all men to peruse, but especially for all Gentlemen . . . that shall either have occasion, or be willing to buy or sell Lands . . . with the manner and Methode ofkeeping a Court of Suruey [etc.]. S.T.C. 18640
Publisher:
Printed by W.S[tansby] for I. Busby . . . in Fleetstreet, London, 1610.
Description:
A rare edition of a classic work, prepared by a royal surveyor who "made numerous contributions to cartography of a very high interest", the dialogue varying between a lord or bailiff and a surveyor; two copies in this country in RLIN, one imperfect
Condition:
Modern calf, a bit dusty, one leaf torn (no loss), generally a very good clean copy with ample margins
Book No.:
W-69559
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
Camera Regis, Or, A Short View of London Containing the Antiquity, Fame, Walls, Bridge, River, Gates, Tower, Cathedral, Officers, Courts, Customs, Franchises, &c of that Renowned City. Collected out of Law & History and methodized [etc.]. Wing B5253
Publisher:
Printed for William Crooke . . . without Temple Barre, London, 1676.
Description:
First edition of one of some twenty works by the prolific Brydall, "reflect[ing] a very wide range of jurisprudential expertise", this the copy which he seemingly presented to his father ("Presidio Veritas / ex dono authoris filii / charissimi mei")
Condition:
Modern calf, morocco label, gilt ruled and lettered, light browning, else well preserved, with the bookplate of William Alexander; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79437
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
London
Author:
Bentham, George
Title:
Essai sur la Nomenclature et la Classification des Principales Branches d'Art-et-Science; Ouvrage Extrait du Chrestomathia de Jeremie Bentham
Publisher:
Bossange Frerres, Libraires, rue de Seine, No 12, Paris, 1823.
Description:
Sole edition of the work published under the name of Jeremy Bentham's nephew ("who worked extensively on his uncle's papers on logic and based on them a work of his own"), in which he translated those portions of Chrestomathia devoted to the subject
Condition:
Cloth-backed marbled boards, a bit of foxing, but a very good copy; with the half-title, a folding frontispiece and three tables on two folding leaves
Book No.:
W-76213
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
philosophy of law
Author:
Gardiner, Robert
Title:
Ars Clericalis: The Art of Conveyancing Explained. Being a Collection gathered . . . out of the many Books of the Law. Wherein the Nature and Effect of such Deeds and Instruments by which Lands are Conveyed . . . are clearly demonstrated [etc]. Wing G237
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1690.
Description:
First edition of Gardiner's introductory primer, devoted principally to how lands are conveyed, focussing on fifteen separate methods, including bargain and sale, feoffments, fines, gifts, grants, leases, surrenders, and wills, inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, the spine quite rubbed, tears to six leaves, three with small loss, front hinge strengthened, with the half title; a working copy
Book No.:
W-79725
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
conveyancing, Wills
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:
Dodderidge, John and ?Francis Bacon
Title:
The Lawyers Light: Or, A due direction for the study of the Law; for Methode. Choyce of Bookes moderne. Selection of Authours . . . To which is annexed for the affinitie of the Subject, another Treatise, called The Use of the Law. S.T.C. 6983; Gibson 192
Publisher:
Imprinted at London for Beniamin Fisher [etc.], London, 1629.
Description:
First editions of both works, the first recently termed "[t]he most remarkable book in this genre [stating the law's fundamental grounds and maxims]" and the second possibly (if doubted) Bacon's, to be printed with his 'Maxims' the following year
Condition:
Contemporary vellum lightly rubbed and neatly repaired, the spine hand-lettered, light browning, else a good copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78998
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
Author:
Title:
The Grounds and Rudiments of Law and Equity . . . Containing a Collection of Rules or Maxims, with the Doctrine upon them . . . The Whole Designed to reduce the Knowledge of the Laws of England to a more regular Science [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . .for Daniel Browne [and three others], London, 1749.
Description:
First edition of a collection of over 500 maxims, principally in English or Latin, the last early effort to explore and convey English law through this method, the maxims often examined at length, with a general analysis followed by particular cases
Condition:
Contemporary calf, neatly rebacked, exceptionally bright and clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78411
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
maxims
Author:
Title:
Statutes made in the Parliamente . . . in the first yere of . . . Edward VI [with the statutes of 2 and 3 Edw VI, 3 and 4 Edw VI, 5 and 6 Edw VI, and 7 Edw VI]. Five Volumes. S.T.C. 9421, 9423, 9429.7, 9437.5, and 9440.2. Folio
Publisher:
[1, 2, and 3] Richard Grafton; [4 and 5] Richard Tottel, London, 1547-70.
Description:
A collection of all the legislation of Edward VI's five parliaments, spanning his entire reign from 1547 to 1553, including that abolishing witchcraft, producing the Anglican Church's first prayer book, and increasing protection to accused traitors
Condition:
Modern 1/4 and 3/4 differently colored calf and morocco, occasional staining and repairs, else quite clean with ample margins; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78702
Price:
$ 5000.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, witchcraft, criminal law, Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Title:
En cest volume est conteinus le longe Report de Anno quinto Edwardi quarti. Ore nouelment imprimee & corigee, ouesque references al Abridgement de les cases in Brooke addes in le Margent de checun case. Beale R371; S.T.C. 9803
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1587.
Description:
One of only two 16th century printings of the mid-15th century reports known as the Long Quinto, unique in the history of printed Year Book reporting, providing (in Holdsworth's words) "a more elaborate effort at reporting than had yet been seen"
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt lettered, definite foxing and browning (some leaves moreso), occasional early annotations; a crisp copy
Book No.:
W-77111
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Hunter, Joseph (comp.)
Title:
Three Catalogues; Describing the Contents of the Red Book of the Exchequer, of the Dodsworth Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, and of the Manuscripts in the Library of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn
Publisher:
Pickering, Chancery Lane, London, 1838.
Description:
The separate, enlarged publication of the three catalogues originally prepared under the direction of the Record Commission, concluding with the portion devoted to the manuscripts of Lincoln's Inn, including those of Matthew Hale and Serjeant Maynard
Condition:
Modern blue cloth, gilt-lettered, light browning, else a very good copy; one of 150 copies printed, 100 intended for public sale
Book No.:
W-77065
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
libraries, Manuscripts
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
The Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seal, the Privy Seal, the Exchequer Seal, and the Signet. Also of those Grand Officers to whose Custody these Seals are committed. Wing B5263aA
Publisher:
Printed, and are to be sold by Dan. Browne [etc.], London, 1696.
Description:
The rare reissue of one of Brydall's earliest works, reflecting his expertise while secretary to the Master of the Rolls, one of his productive corpus of some three dozen published treatises and another thirty left in manuscript; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Later 1/4 morocco gilt-lettered, untrimmed, with the seven page books printed by Thomas Dring and John Leigh not noted in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79672
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Title:
A Collection of Law Tracts, Published in the Years 1825 & 1826 in The Law Journal, Which is a Monthly Publication Sold to Annual Subscribers Only [with] Law Tracts, Published in the Years 1828 & 1829, in The Law Journal [etc.]. Two Volumes in One
Publisher:
Published by J.W. Paget, 5, Quality Court, Chancery Lane, London, 1827 & 1830.
Description:
Ten tracts, the first volume devoted largely to trusts and real property (including a lengthy analysis of Preston on Estates), the second to the law of attorneys and solicitors, including their course of study and the books which they should consult
Condition:
Modern 3/4 sheep, a bit strained, some browning and light staining, else a good usable copy
Book No.:
W-77097
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Real Property
Author:
Plowden, Edmund
Title:
Les Comentaries . . . de dyuers cases esteantes matters en ley, & de les Argumentes fur yceux [etc.] [bound with] Cy ensuont certeyne Cases . . . Ouesque vn Table en fine de cest Lieur [etc.]. STC 20040 and 20046.7; Beale R484, R486a, R487, and R488. Folio
Publisher:
In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli [imprints vary], London, 1571-84.
Description:
First edition of the first part and the second edition of the second part, with Fleetwood's Tables, marking the break with the Year Books and providing (in the words of Dr. Baker) "the conception of a law report as a reasoned exposition of the law"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, light browning, one title just trimmed, two leaves in facsimile, else well-preserved with early annotations
Book No.:
W-78352
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
St. German, Christopher
Title:
Dialogus de fundamentis legum Anglie et de conscientia. S.T.C. 21559; Beale T462 [with the title page foliated and C1.8 a cancel]
Publisher:
Impressum . . . Per Iohannem Rastell [etc.], London, 1528.
Description:
First edition of the first dialogue of the first classic of English equity, called by Samuel Thorne "a most important book for the historian of English law" and recently described as "a brilliant . . . attempt to construct a systematic theory of law"
Condition:
Later vellum, rubbed, lacking six leaves and, if called for, the two final errata leaves, a few repairs and chips, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78677
Price:
$ 6000.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Title:
Incipit Tabula huius libri [Abbreuiamentum statutorum]. S.T.C. 9514; Duff 376; Beale S40; Cowley 3
Publisher:
Explicit abbreuiamentum statutorum Impressum per Ricardum Pynson, London, 1499.
Description:
Second edition of the first abridgment of the English statutes, "a great improvement on the 1481 edition", the first to be printed by Pynson and one of only two statutory abridgments of English law (the other the 1481 edition) printed before 1500
Condition:
Later 1/4 calf, rubbed, light browning, a few leaves darkened, Signet Library gilt crests and Eric Sexton bookplates; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78942
Price:
$ 35000.00
Category:
Abridgements, Acts
Author:
Zouch, Richard
Title:
Cases and Questions Resolved in the Civil-Law. Collected by R. Zouch Professor of the Civil-Law in Oxford. Wing Z17
Publisher:
Printed by Leon. Lichfield, for Tho. Robinson, Oxford, 1652.
Description:
The first work in English of the noted civilian whom Holdsworth groups with Gentili as the "two most important [English] writers" on civil law, the fruits of his years as Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, emphasizing rights and courts' process
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, especially clean and crisp, with two leaves from an early work in Hebrew bound in at the end; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79738
Price:
$ 1400.00
Category:
civil law, international law, maritime law
Author:
Ashe, Thomas
Title:
Vn General Table, a touts les seueral Liures de les Reports de le darreine tresreuerend Iudge, Sir Edward Coke . . . Ouesq[ue] deux Catalogues Alphabetical, Lun de les principal Cases, lauter de touts les general Titles . . . des dits Reports. S.T.C. 5526
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Statio[ners], London, 1618.
Description:
The much expanded second edition of the first abridgement of Coke's reports, now covering all eleven parts, undertaken by Thomas Ashe, the pioneer of this genre of legal literature and, in Holdsworth's words, "a great maker of indices and abstracts"
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt lettered, generally clean with good margins, ownership signature of Richard Levinge dated 1652 on the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79403
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Abridgements, reports of cases
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:
Fortescue, John
Title:
A Learned commendation of the politique lawes of England: wherein by most pitthy reasons and evident demonstrations they are plainelye proved farre to excell aswell the Civile Lawes of the Empiere [etc.]. Beale T358; S.T.C. 11195
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Richarde Tottell [etc.], London, 1573.
Description:
First reissue of the first English translation of a work placed "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled unlettered calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, remains of ties, well-preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78459
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Inns of Court, political theory, juries
Author:
Brook, Robert
Title:
The Reading Of that famous Lawyer Sr. Robert Brook Kt. Upon the Statute of Limitations, 32.H.8. Cap.2. Wing B4897. Sowerby 2012 [Jefferson's copy imperfect]
Publisher:
Printed for Hen. Twyford . . . in the Middle-Temple, London, 1647.
Description:
One of the few Inns of Court readings ever printed, of which John Baker locates some two dozen, and the only such upon the important Henrician reform enacting the first statute of limitations (in 1540) enhancing the certainty of title to property
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, light browning, margins of title and a few other leaves chipped, the advertising leaf from ?Callis's Reading pasted in
Book No.:
W-79705
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Readings, Procedure, Real Property
Author:
Fortescue, John
Title:
A Learned commendation of the politique lawes of Englande: wherein by most pitthy reasons & euident demonstrations they are plainelye proved farre to excell aswell the Ciuile lawes [and] all other lawes of the world [etc.]. Beale T357; S.T.C. 11194
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Rychard Tottill [etc.], London, 1567.
Description:
First edition of the first English translation of a work placed "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:
Modern blind ruled sheep, gilt lettered, the title somewhat dusty with early notations, else quite clean and fresh; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79383
Price:
$ 3750.00
Category:
Inns of Court, political theory, juries
Author:
Ballow, Henry
Title:
A Treatise of Equity. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [for two others], London, 1737.
Description:
First edition of the first systematic work upon modern equity and "the first coherent English treatise on contract" in John Baker's words; it was, Johnson told Boswell, "chiefly from Mr. Ballow" that the Doctor had learned what law he knew
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, some lightish foxing and browning, else well-preserved, with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78274
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Derham, Robert
Title:
A Manuell or, Briefe Treatise of some particular Rights and Priviledges belonging to the High Court of Parliament . . . The true condition of the Militia of this Kingdome . . . by the Positive Lawes discussed and debated [etc.]. Wing D1097
Publisher:
Printed for Mathew Walbancke at Graies-Inne Gate, London, 1647.
Description:
A very early work on the English militia, written in the context of the constitutional struggle between Charles I and Parliament over its control, "pav[ing] the way to Civil War"; with an extensive treatment of the militia's centuries' long roles
Condition:
Later calf, the upper margin of the title trimmed just affecting the horizontal rule, else very clean, with the Woodhouse bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79754
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
military law, Parliament
Author:
Wilkinson, James John
Title:
The Law Relating to the Public Funds; and the Equitable and Legal Remedies with Respect to Funded Property; Including the Practice by Distringas, and under the Statute 1 & 2 Vict. c. 110, With References to the Cases on the Foreign Funds and Public Companies
Publisher:
Saunders & Benning, Law Booksellers . . . 43 Fleet Street, London, 1839.
Description:
The uncommon only edition of the first legal treatise on public funds, that is, government securities, including a history of stockjobbing and speculation (time-bargains, puts and refusals, bulls and bears), and so anticipating modern hedge funds
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, ex-library, else a good untrimmed copy with ample margins; five copies in OCLC in this country
Book No.:
W-76941
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
economics
Author:
Title:
Magna Charta, cvm Statvtis quae Antiqua vocantur, iam recens excusa, & summa fide emendata, iuxta vetnsta [sic] exemplaria ad Parliamenti rotulos examinata [etc.]. S.T.C. 9278; Beale S17 and S24a
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli [etc.], London, 1560?.
Description:
The second Tottel printing and the first printing of Magna Charta in the reign of Elizabeth, this printing and its printing by Tottel in 1556 "hav[ing] several items not pr[inted] elsewhere"; with the second part with its separate title
Condition:
Modern calf, the remains of the original blind-tooled boards with centered lozenges mounted, early notations and ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78460
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
English Commonwealth, Gold Coast, GHANA, Magna Carta
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
Land-Lords Law . . . Being A Collection of several Cases in the Law concerning Leases, Distresses, Replevins, Rescous, Waste and several other Matters which often happen between Land-Lord and Tenant [etc.]. Wing M1802
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of John More, London, 1665.
Description:
The rare first edition of the first work on the English law of landlord and tenant, especially important to the history of English land law, reflecting England's unique position among European countries in the amount of land cultivated by leasehold
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite worn, rebacked, new endpapers, some worming and paper repairs, but sturdy and usable, six copies in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79074
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
landlord and tenant
Author:
Clark, George
Title:
The Game Laws, from King Henry III to the Present Period; Including All the Acts of Parliament . . . and an Introduction Explaining the General Nature of Forests, Purlieus, Chases, Parks, Free Warrens, Fisheries, Properties in Animals, &c. &c
Publisher:
Printed for J. Fielding . . . and Sold by W. Clark [etc.], London, 1785.
Description:
Sole edition, arranged chronologically beginning with the Charter of the Forest (of 9 Henry III), designed to "convey real information to the lawyer, the magistrate, and the sportsman", complemented by a final section on the preservation of game
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, later paper label, a tiny crack to the lower portion of the front joint, else very clean and attractive; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79722
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
game law, Natural Resources
Author:
Title:
Defensio Legis: Or, The Whole State of England Inquisited and Defended for General Satisfaction. By a Person of Honour. Wing D822A
Publisher:
Printed for, and are to be sold by George Savile [etc.], London, 1674.
Description:
The rare variant printing of an idiosyncratic analysis of law and equity and much else, its criticisms ("Sophistical Cavils or idle Belches against the Common Law") stated and then responded to (and disposed of); one copy in North America in ESTC
Condition:
Modern brown morocco, gilt lettered, the joints a bit rubbed, ex-library, else quite clean and crisp, with the errata; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79573
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English Law
 
Author:
Brown, William
Title:
Entring Clerk's Vade Mecum. Being an Exact Collection of Precedents For Declarations and Pleadings in most Actions; especially such as are brought For, or Against Heirs, Executors, or Adminstrators . . . Bills of Exchange . . . Assurance [&c]. Wing B5085
Publisher:
Printed by G. Sawbridge, W. Rawlins, and S. Roycroft [etc.], London, 1678.
Description:
First edition of one of Brown's many works, all practical, here reflecting his experience as chief protonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, taking entries from the royal courts' plea rolls, a subject "replete with learning" in John Baker's words
Condition:
Contemporary calf, crimson morocco label, gilt, rubbed, but a sound clean copy, with the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79185
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
pleading
Author:
Title:
Anno Primo Edwardi Sexti. Statutes made in the Parlament begon at westminstr the fowerthe daye of Nouember [1547] . . . and from thence continued to the xxiiii daye of Decembre then next ensuyng [etc.]. S.T.C. 9421.6; Beale S220a
Publisher:
Excusum . . . in aedibus Richardi Graftoni [i.e. Richard Tottel], London, 1548 [1570?].
Description:
The acts of Edward VI's first Parliament, including "[t]he act . . . worthy of a special place in the history of treason", ameliorating Henry VIII's harsh legislation, enacting the two witnesses rule, and abolishing witchcraft as a capital felony
Condition:
Modern 1/4 morocco over marbled boards, minor (pinhole) worming, else quite clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79208
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Acts, witchcraft, criminal law
Author:
Wood, Thomas
Title:
An Institute of the Laws of England; or, the Laws of England in their Natural Order, according to Common Use. Seventh Edition [bound with] Some Thoughts Concerning the Study of the Laws of England. Fourth Edition [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
[1] Printed by Henry Lintot [2] Printed by E. and R. Nutt, London, 1745 & 1734.
Description:
A later edition of the principal work examining English law between Finch and Blackstone, with the last edition of Wood's "Thoughts" in which he "made a strong plea for the inclusion of the common law into the curriculum at Oxford and Cambridge"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite rubbed, joints cracking but holding, clean and well-margined; no copy of these two works together recorded after 1734
Book No.:
W-78006
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
jurisprudence
Author:
Title:
De Termino Michaelis Anno XXI regni regis Henrici sexti [through] De Termino Hillarii Anno xxxix Henrici sexti [1443-1461]. S.T.C. 9701, 9707, 9713, 9719, 9724, 9729, 9735, 9740, 9747, 9753, 9758, 9762, and 9767. Folio
Publisher:
Richard Tottel [imprints vary], London, 1562-67.
Description:
A rare, complete run of separately printed year books, one for each of the years of the second half [years 21 to 39] of the reign of Henry VI for which reported cases survive, as the Wars of the Roses began in earnest; in one physical volume
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled calf, centered lozenges, rebacked, signature of William Humphreys, annotations throughout, well-preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78089
Price:
$ 8500.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Title:
Tabula libri assisarum, & placitorum corone. S.T.C. 9599; Beale R48 [variant with the added explicit and four lines of Latin verse]. Folio
Publisher:
Johannes Rastell, London, 1514.
Description:
First edition of one of the most important of all Year Books, and of unique value to the study of English legal history--the only early printed reports from the justices on circuit or assize, rather than before the central courts at Westminster
Condition:
Early calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, foremargins of title and seven leaves strengthened, some staining mainly marginal; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78146
Price:
$ 22500.00
Category:
Author:
Sheppard, William
Title:
The Touch-stone of Common Assurances. Or A Plain and Familiar Treatise, opening the learning of the Common Assurances or Conveyances of the Kingdome. Wing S3214. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by M.F. for W. Lee, M. Walbancke, D. Pakeman [etc.], London, 1648.
Description:
First edition of a pioneering work and one of the pre-eminent treatises on the English law of conveyancing, published for almost two centuries, "its prominence [assured] among the classical legal texts of the Anglo-American tradition"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, neatly rebacked, upper portion of the front joint just cracking (but very firm), else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79628
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
conveyancing
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
A Guide to Surveyors of the High-Ways, Shewing The Office and Duty of such Surveyors . . . Collected and gathered Out of public Acts of Parliament . . . out of the Year-Books, and other Books of the Municipal Laws of this Kingdom [etc.]. Wing M1799
Publisher:
Printed by W. Rawlins and S. Roycroft [etc.], London, 1694.
Description:
Only edition of the first treatise devoted exclusively to the law of highways and their surveyors, this copy uniquely containing the separate, seemingly unrecorded eight page advertisement (with some loss) of 100+ books printed for William Crooke
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered, blind ruled sheep, quite rubbed, but clean and sound, with the imprimatur leaf, one blank corner of which is torn away
Book No.:
W-79291
Price:
$ 700.00
Category:
law of highways
Author:
Sutton, Robert
Title:
A Complete Guide to Landlords, Tenants, and Lodgers, Being a Methodical Arrangement of the Whole Law . . . Respecting the Taking or Letting of Lands, Houses, or Apartments . . . Notices to quit; Ejecting . . . Distress for Rent [etc.]. Fourth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by W. Stratford, Crown-Court, Temple-Bar [etc.], London, 1802.
Description:
A rare edition of Sutton's comprehensive, highly popular treatise, with some eleven editions between 1797 and 1821, some 3/4's of the populace then said to be landlords, tenants or lodgers; this edition not located in either COPAC or OCLC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light tanning, else a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-77133
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
landlord and tenant
Author:
Title:
Thys is a true copy of the ordynau[n]ce made in the tyme of the reygne of kynge Henry the vi to be obserued in the kynges eschequier, by the offycers and clerkes of the same, for takynge of fees of the kynges accomptes [etc.]. S.T.C. 7698; Beale T240
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . In fletestrete . . . by Wyllyam Myddylton, London, 1544.
Description:
A rare printing of Henry VI's 1447 ordinance, still important to the Exchequer's operation, in Holdsworth's words "essential, because most of the officers of the local government were obliged to render an account [there]"; two copies in S.T.C
Condition:
Modern calf, the title and last leaf supplied from S.T.C. 7699, browning and staining, one marginal hole and one repaired margin; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78993
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
taxation
Author:
Winch, Humphrey
Title:
Reports of That Reverend and Learned Judge, Sir Humphry Winch Knight; Sometimes one of the Judges of the Court of Common pleas. Containing many Choice Cases, and excellent matters touching Declarations, Pleadings . . . in points of Law [&c.]. Wing W2964
Publisher:
Printed for W. Lee, D. Pakeman, and G. Bedell [etc.], London, 1657.
Description:
Sole edition of the reports partly attributed to Winch, commended by Bacon for his "quickness, industry, and despatch", in English, translated from the unpublished original in Law French, reporting cases from 1621 to 1625, the year of Winch's death
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, quite rubbed, the spine a bit chipped, ?later printed paper label, else very clean and bright; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79939
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
reports of cases
 
Author:
Fox, Sanford J.
Title:
Science and Justice; The Massachusetts Witchcraft Trials
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1968.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-17805
Price:
$ 50.00
Category:
Massachusetts, witchcraft, 17TH CENTURY, trials
 
Author:
Karlsen, Carol F.
Title:
The Devil in the Shape of a Woman, Witchcraft in Colonial New England
Publisher:
W.W. Norton, New York, 1987.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-48466
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
witchcraft, New England, colonies
 
Author:
Title:
Trial of George Rose, Esq. Secretary to the Treasury . . . For Employing Mr. Smith, a Publican in Westminster, Upon a Late Westminster Election, and Not Paying Him . . . Cast in the Court of King's Bench, by a Special Jury [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Ridgway, York-Street, St. James's Square, London, 1791.
Description:
First edition of a trial with Erskine at his finest, witty, astute, and even brutal in his examination, delicately exposing official corruption, and securing a verdict for his client, Master of the Star and Garter, in the total amount pleaded
Condition:
Modern light brown cloth, the spine black lettered, some browning, else well preserved with untrimmed margins and the half title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80152
Price:
$ 500.00
Category:
trials, law of elections
 
Author:
Robinson, Walter
Title:
The Landlord's Pocket Lawyer; or, the Complete Landlord and Tenant: Containing the Whole Law concerning Landlords, Tenants and Lodgers, Explained in a familiar Manner; More Particularly, 1. The Acts of Parliament . . . to the Year 1779 [and 8 other subjects]
Publisher:
Printed for S. Bladon, in Pater-noster Row, London, 1780.
Description:
A rare edition of "A Work of the utmost Utility" written by an English barrister, with much on distresses, leases, covenants, reserved rents, surrenders, and ejectments, inter alia; five copies in ESTC, two in North America, none in a law library
Condition:
Modern 1/4 green cloth over marbled boards, printed paper label, well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80168
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
landlord and tenant
Author:
Heath, Robert
Title:
A Machavillian Plot, or, A Caution for England, Presented In a time when Princes were so Pious, and Iudged durst bee Valiant to declare against Vnhonest Slaverie. Quarto. Wing H1339
Publisher:
London. Printed Anno Dom. 1642, London, 1642.
Description:
Only edition of the sole work published during the lifetime of Heath, Chief Justice of King's Bench who "stood among the ablest crown officials of the early Stuart period", suggesting over two dozen ways of controlling dissent and increasing taxes
Condition:
Modern gray boards, the spine with a printed paper label, light browning, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80132
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, taxation, freedom of press
 
Author:
Burr, George Lincoln
Title:
Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases 1648-1706
Publisher:
Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1914.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-18916
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
witchcraft
 
Author:
MacDonnell, John
Title:
Historical Trials. Edited by R.W. Lee, [etc.]
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, London, 1928.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-54646
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
witchcraft, trials
 
Author:
Hall, David D.
Title:
Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth-Century New England
Publisher:
Northeastern University Press, Boston, 1991.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-42825
Price:
$ 14.95
Category:
witchcraft
 
Author:
McConnell, Virginia A.
Title:
Sympathy for the Devil, The Emmanuel Baptist Murders of Old San Francisco
Publisher:
Praeger, Westport, 2001.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-72178
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
trials, 19TH CENTURY, criminal law, California, San Francisco
 
Author:
Dwyer, William L.
Title:
The Goldmark Case, An American Libel Trial
Publisher:
University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1984.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-60909
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
trials, libel and slander
 
Author:
Seth, Ronald
Title:
Children Against Witches
Publisher:
Robert Hale, London, 1969.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-50140
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
infants, witchcraft
 
Author:
Seth, Ronald
Title:
In the Name of the Devil
Publisher:
Walker and Company, New York, 1969.
Description:
Condition:
A very good copy, in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-65800
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
infants, witchcraft, SCOTLAND, trials
 
Author:
Hoff, Joan and Marian Yeates
Title:
The Cooper's Wife Is Missing, The Trials of Bridget Cleary
Publisher:
Basic Books, Inc., New York, 2000.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-69325
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, IRELAND, witchcraft
 
Author:
Kieckhefer, Richard
Title:
European Witch Trials, Their Foundations in Popular and Learned Culture, 1300-1500
Publisher:
Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1976.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-40911
Price:
$ 50.00
Category:
witchcraft
 
Author:
Title:
Curious Cases and Amusing Actions at Law Including Some Trials of Witches in the Seventeenth Century
Publisher:
Sweet & Maxwell Ltd, London, 1916.
Description:
Original cloth backed boards, worn, the spine rubbed, but a sound copy
Condition:
Original 1/4 cloth, quite rubbed and marked; usable only
Book No.:
W-59636
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
humor, witchcraft
 
Author:
Robinson, Walter
Title:
The Landlord's Pocket Lawyer; or, the Complete Landlord and Tenant: Containing the Whole Law concerning Landlords, Tenants and Lodgers Explained in a familiar Manner; More Particularly, 1. The Acts of Parliament . . . to the Year 1779 [and 8 other subjects]
Publisher:
Printed for S. Bladon, in Pater-noster Row, London, 1779?.
Description:
The seemingly unrecorded first edition of "A Work of the utmost Utility" written by an English barrister, to be followed by two later editions dated 1780 and 1781, no copy in COPAC, ESTC, or OCLC; with the bookplate of the Earl of Annesley
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the joints cracking but holding, interleaved, very clean with the advertising leaf, 128 pp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80148
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
landlord and tenant
 
Author:
Deans, R. Storry
Title:
The Trials of Five Queens, Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette and Caroline of Brunswick
Publisher:
Methuen & Co., London, 1910.
Description:
Condition:
Original green cloth, the spine extra gilt, somewhat worn; sound
Book No.:
W-60659
Price:
$ 85.00
Category:
trials
 
Author:
Parsons, Coleman O.
Title:
Witchcraft and Demonology in Scott's Fiction, With Chapters on the Supernatural in Scottish Literature
Publisher:
Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh, 1964.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-48128
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
19TH CENTURY, SCOTLAND, Law and Literature, witchcraft
 
Author:
Farley, Edward
Title:
Imprisonment for Debt Unconstitutional and Oppressive, Proved from the Fundamental Principles of the British Constitution, and the Rights of Nature. ESTC T37076
Publisher:
Printed for the Author. And Sold by T. Hookham [etc.], London, 1788.
Description:
First (and most extensive) edition of a work central to the burgeoning movement to abolish imprisonment for debt, widely read, contending that the lawyers "have done more harm to this country than the plague, the pestilence, or the sword of tyrants"
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, neatly rebacked, ex-Wadsworth Library with its bookplate and circular blind stamp, very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80149
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
bankruptcy, prisons, legal reform, Imprisonment for Debt
 
Author:
Davis, Natalie Zemon
Title:
The Return of Martin Guerre
Publisher:
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1983.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-47972
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
16TH CENTURY, FRANCE, trials
 
Author:
Gibson, Marion (ed.)
Title:
Witchcraft and Society in England and America, 1550-1750
Publisher:
Cornell University Press, Ithaca, 2003.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed sewn illustrated wraps, a very good copy; 270 pages
Book No.:
W-75832
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
witchcraft
 
Author:
Title:
The Law of Arrests in Both Civil and Criminal Cases: Shewing For what Causes . . . how to raise a Hue and Cry . . . the Nature of Bail, Escapes, Rescues, Breach of Prison . . . Necessary for Sheriffs . . . Debtors, Creditors, Prisoners [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for S. Birt [etc.], London, 1742.
Description:
The scarce first edition of the only early work on arrest, a much-debated matter fraught with fraud and abuse, drawing the attention of Fielding, Dr. Johnson and Dickens, its restrictions on personal liberty not fully reformed until the 19th century
Condition:
Contemporary calf, lightly stained, crimson morocco label double gilt ruled and letter, bookplate of Penry Williams, very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80169
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Procedure, criminal law
 
Author:
Dewees, F P.
Title:
The Molly Maguires, The Origin, Growth, and Character of the Organization
Publisher:
Burt Franklin, New York, 1969.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-50025
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
19TH CENTURY, Radicals, trials
Author:
Title:
An Essay on the Amendment, and Reduction, of the Laws of England. For the Ease of the Subject, the Advancement of Justice, and Regulating the Profession of the Law [also to appear in editions of 'Law Quibbles']. ESTC N30349 [one copy]
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling . . . for Thos. Corbett, London, 1724.
Description:
The rare, only separate printing of a substantial proposal to reform English law and the English legal profession, "clearly the work of an informed and responsible critic", and influential on the work of the Society of Gentlemen Practisers from 1739
Condition:
Modern 1/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, black morocco label, double gilt ruled and lettered, well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80136
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
legal reform, Bench and Bar
 
Author:
Title:
The Parish-Officer's Pocket-Companion, Wherein The Office and Duty of Incumbents [and twenty one other local officers] Are particularly treated in a plain and easy Manner . . . to perform his duty . . . pursuant to the Laws of England [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for M. Cooper [etc.], London, 1744.
Description:
The rare only edition of a work comprehensively treating of almost two dozen local officers, including church wardens, overseers of the poor, surveyors, beadles, scavengers, high and petty constables, tithingmen, and watchmen; no copy in ESTC or OCLC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, crimson morocco label, occasional very light browning, ex-library, else quite with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80165
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
justices of peace, law of highways, Religion, surveying, Tithes, Police, poor law
 
Author:
Hill, Frances
Title:
A Delusion of Satan, The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials
Publisher:
Doubleday, New York, 1995.
Description:
Condition:
Bound galleys; 248 pages
Book No.:
W-58040
Price:
$ 20.00
Category:
witchcraft, 17TH CENTURY, trials
 
Author:
Collier, Jane Fishburne
Title:
Law and Social Change in Zinacantan
Publisher:
Stanford University Press, Stanford, 1973.
Description:
Condition:
A very good copy in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-68279
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
MEXICO, primitives, witchcraft
 
Author:
Ewen, C. L'Estrange (ed.)
Title:
Witch Hunting and Witch Trials, The Indictments for Witchcraft from the Records of 1373 Assizes held for the Home Circuit A.D. 1559-1736
Publisher:
Frederick Muller Ltd, London, 1971.
Description:
The first of many books which Ewen was to write on witchcraft, subsequently described as an "outstanding work based on original documents", providing not quite 800 abstracts of the indictments; prefaced by a substantial (115 page) introduction
Condition:
The facsimile reissue of the original 1929 edition
Book No.:
W-59850
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
witchcraft, trials
 
Author:
Edwards, Francis
Title:
The Marvellous Chance, Thomas Howard, Fourth Duke of Norfolk, and the Ridolphi Plot, 1570-1572
Publisher:
Rupert Hart Davis, London, 1968.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-47437
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
16TH CENTURY, criminal law, trials
 
Author:
Rosenthal, Bernard
Title:
Salem Story, Reading the Witch Trials of 1692
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1995.
Description:
Condition:
Printed wraps; 286 pages
Book No.:
W-59640
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
17TH CENTURY, trials, witchcraft
Author:
Title:
The City-Law, or, The course and practice in all manner of juridicall proceedings in the Hustings in Guild-Hall, London. Englished, Out of an ancient French Manuscript. Also, An alphabet of all the Offices . . . by the Lord Mayor of London. Wing C4353
Publisher:
Printed by B. Alsop, for L. Chapman and L. Blaiklocke [etc.], London, 1647.
Description:
Only edition (and among the earliest) of one of five principal legal manuals singled out by Sidney and Beatrice Webb, valuable both "[t]o the constitutional student of the 17th century, as to the practising lawyer" for the study of London's courts
Condition:
Modern tan boards, printed paper label, some browning, without the final blank, else sound and usable with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80135
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
London, courts
 
Author:
Edmonds, Andy
Title:
Fatty, The Untold Story of Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle
Publisher:
Macdonald, London, 1991.
Description:
Condition:
A very good copy, in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-58756
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
criminal law, trials
 
Author:
Ladurie, Emmanuel Le Roy
Title:
Jasmin's Witch
Publisher:
George Braziller, New York, 1987.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-41186
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
FRANCE, witchcraft
 
Author:
Black, George F.
Title:
A Calendar of Cases of Witchcraft in Scotland 1510-1727
Publisher:
Arno Press, New York, 1971.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-40283
Price:
$ 65.00
Category:
bankruptcy, SCOTLAND, witchcraft
 
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
A Treatise of Laws: Or, A General Introduction to the Common, Civil and Canon Law . . . The Whole Adapted To the Use of Students, and Practisers of the Law; Students of the Universities; Civilians, Proctors, Ecclesiasticks, and all young Gentlemen
Publisher:
Printed for T. Woodward . . . and J. Peele [etc.], London, 1721.
Description:
The uncommon first edition variant of one of two works by Jacob which Holdsworth terms "more considerable books for students" and Jacob's only significant attempt to explore the law outside England; no copy in England in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, the Macclesfield copy with its blind stamp and bookplate, light browning, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79537
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Law, civil law, Ecclesiastical Law, canon law, introductory law
Author:
Title:
All the Acts, Ordinances and Orders of Parliament: For the Indempnitie [Indemnity] Or saving harmlesse all those that have Acted or done any thing by Sea or Land, by the Authority and for the Service of the Parliament. ESTC R26102; Wing E1199A. Quarto
Publisher:
Imprinted. . . for John Wright at the Kings head in the Old Baily, London, 1652.
Description:
The rare sole printing of the Parliamentary legislation for over a decade, rewarding and indemnifying Parliamentary supporters during the Civil War and providing punishments for those in opposition; seven copies in ESTC, none in a law library
Condition:
Modern 3/4 crimson morocco over marbled boards, very fresh with ample margins, the Fairfax of Cameron copy with his bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80140
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, English Commonwealth
 
Author:
Pickering, David & Andrew
Title:
Witch Hunt, The Persecution of Witches in England
Publisher:
Amberly Publishing, Stroud, 2013.
Description:
Condition:
Original printed sewn illustrated wraps, a trifle worn, else a very good copy; 224 pages
Book No.:
W-77536
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
witchcraft
 
Author:
Marshburn, Joseph H.
Title:
Murder & Witchcraft in England, 1550-1640, As Recounted in Pamphlets, Ballads, Broadsides, & Plays
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1971.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good copy in a somewhat worn and chipped dustjacket
Book No.:
W-73717
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
witchcraft
 
Author:
Robbins, Rossell Hope
Title:
The Encyclopedia of Witchcraft and Demonology
Publisher:
Crown, New York, 1959.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-40354
Price:
$ 50.00
Category:
witchcraft
Author:
Filmer, Robert
Title:
The Free-holders Grand Inquest, Touching Our Sovereign Lord the King and His Parliament. Wing F912 [C3v line 2 "elder"]. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed in the three and twentieth year of . . . King Charles, London, 1648.
Description:
First edition of the first published political work now ascribed by most scholars to Filmer, "a royalist survey of the history of English law and constitution", citing as authorities Bracton, Glanvill, Ellesmere, and (especially) Coke and Selden
Condition:
Modern mottled 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the spine double gilt ruled and lettered, very clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80144
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
English constitutional law
 
Author:
Levin, David (ed.)
Title:
What Happened in Salem? Documents Pertaining to the 17th-Century Witchcraft Trials. Sixth Edition
Publisher:
Twayne Publishers, Inc., New York, 1950.
Description:
Originally part of the materials tried out in the English A course at Harvard, here separately published after that course's supersession; with a preface by Theodore Morrison, who taught the Harvard course
Condition:
Printed wraps, definitely worn, some pencilling, sound; 198 pages
Book No.:
W-59283
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
colonies, Massachusetts, witchcraft, trials
 
Author:
Baker, J.H. and S.F.C. Milsom (comps.)
Title:
Sources of English Legal History, Private Law to 1750. Second Edition
Publisher:
Butterworths, London, 2019.
Description:
The only published collaborative work of Professors Baker and Milsom, largely the work of the former, and exceptionally useful as a documentary complement to his Introduction to English Legal History, where frequent reference to this work is made
Condition:
Original printed illustrated wraps (the first paperback edition), a trifle worn, else a very good copy; 704 pages
Book No.:
W-80157
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
introductory law
Author:
Title:
Assize Kalendar . . . of the Prisoners in the Gaols of Durham, Newcastle, and Morpeth, who have to take their Trials before the Hon. Sir John Bayley, Knt. and the Hon. Sir Geo. Sowley Holroyd, Knt. Justices of the Court of King's Bench
Publisher:
Marshall, Printer, Newcastle, 1822.
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded criminal trial calendar disclosing an enormous variety of alleged crimes (murder, rape, arson), committed by some as young as twelve years, and with an unusually high number of accused women, about one-third of all charged
Condition:
Broadside, untrimmed, 8 x 12 inches, once folded but quite nice
Book No.:
W-44636
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
legal ephemera, criminal law
 
Author:
Levack, Brian P.
Title:
Witch-Hunting in Scotland, Law, Politics and Religion
Publisher:
Routledge, London, 2008.
Description:
Condition:
Original illustrated wraps, one corner somewhat bent and stained, otherwise a good usable copy; 217 pages
Book No.:
W-76435
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
witchcraft, SCOTLAND
Author:
Title:
The Order and Manner of the Sitting of the Lords Spirituall and Temporall, As Peeres of the Realme . . . in the higher house of Parliament . . . And Also the Names of the Knights [and others] for the House of Commons, for this Parliament. S.T.C. 7745. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for Thomas Walkly . . . at the new Exchange, London, 1628.
Description:
The uncommon register of one of the greatest Parliaments in English history, responsible for the enactment of the Petition of Right, among its members Edward Coke, John Selden, and Oliver Cromwell, as well as Cotton, Elliot, Hampden, and Pym
Condition:
Later marbled boards, joints cracking but holding, spine label partly effaced, margins cut close, light staining, textually complete; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80142
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Parliament
 
Author:
Hoffer, Peter Charles
Title:
The Devil's Disciples, Makers of the Salem Witchcraft Trials
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1996.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-65123
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
witchcraft, trials, 17TH CENTURY, Massachusetts, colonies
 
Author:
Rapley, Robert
Title:
A Case of Witchcraft, The Trial of Urbain Grandier
Publisher:
McGill-Queen's University Press, Kingston, 1998.
Description:
Condition:
A very good copy, in the dustjacket
Book No.:
W-66657
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
trials, criminal law, FRANCE, witchcraft
Author:
Rede, Leman Thomas
Title:
Strictures on the Lives and Characters of the Most Eminent Lawyers of the Present day: Including, Among Other Celebrated Names, Those of the Lord Chancellor, and the Twelve Judges [quotations from Horace and Ovid]. ESTC T100328
Publisher:
Printed for G. Kearsley, Johnson's Head, Fleet-Street, London, 1790.
Description:
An uncommon early legal biography, with chapters devoted to Lords Thurlow, Mansfield, Camden, and Kenyon, among many others, the work or parts of it attributed to Edward Wynne and John Thelwall; with a final essay--"The Character of an Honest Lawyer"
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, morocco label, gilt lettered, occasional substantive manuscript notations, exceptionally clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80134
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, biography, legal dictionaries, Legal Ethics
Author:
Title:
A Discourse upon the Questions In debate between the King and Parliament. Wing D1628; ESTC R21943. Drophead Title; 19 pages. Quarto
Publisher:
No publisher stated, London, 1642.
Description:
A remarkably objective tract seeking to reconcile Parliament and Charles I, likely appearing shortly after the outbreak of Civil War in August 1642, proposing (though one senses without much hope) a kingdom "at Unitie, at Libertie, at Peace"
Condition:
Modern gray boards, printed paper label, repairs (principally marginal) to first and last leaves, light browning, with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80138
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament
 
Author:
Geis, Gilbert and Ivan Bunn
Title:
A Trial of Witches, A Seventeenth-Century Witchcraft Prosecution
Publisher:
Routledge, London, 1997.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-64306
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
witchcraft, trials, criminal law, 17TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Title:
The Enduring Fascination with Salem Witchcraft
Publisher:
American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, 2003.
Description:
Condition:
Volume 110, Part 2 of the Society's Proceedings
Book No.:
W-71050
Price:
$ 25.00
Category:
witchcraft, 17TH CENTURY, colonies
 
Author:
Pound, Roscoe
Title:
Jurisprudence [Reprinted from 'The History and Prospects of the Social Sciences']. Setaro 130 n.2
Publisher:
No Publisher Stated, New York?, 1925.
Description:
The uncommon separate printing of Dean Pound's wide ranging chapter, beginning with the history of jurisprudence (including Greek philosophy and Roman law) through to "The Problems of Jurisprudence Today" and concluding with Select References
Condition:
Original wraps, a very good copy, with the ownership signature of F.X. Dwyer, once librarian of Harvard Law School and of the Law Library of Congress
Book No.:
W-80176
Price:
$ 125.00
Category:
jurisprudence, roman law, greek law, philosophy of law
Author:
Enwere, Uchechukwu Moses
Title:
The Confessed Armed Robber
Publisher:
Isiba Law Publishers, Lokoja, 1999.
Description:
The uncommon sole edition of the only work recorded in OCLC written by Enwere, a Nigerian lawyer and legal publisher, a novel involving an armed robbery (punishable by death), the ensuing trial, and the attempted seduction of the defendant's fiancee
Condition:
Original printed stapled wraps, a very good copy, 84 pages; no copy in a law library in OCLC
Book No.:
W-80155
Price:
$ 75.00
Category:
Law and Literature, NIGERIA
Author:
Scarlett, James
Title:
Speech of Sir James Scarlett, at a Meeting of the Electors of Malton, at the Late General Election, 1830
Publisher:
Printed for J. Arnould, 2, Spring Gardens, London, 1830.
Description:
Scarlett's speech given shortly before he was returned to Parliament representing the borough of Malton, with an emphasis on his views on slavery and on reform and, more generally, a looking back over his career and politics over some forty years
Condition:
?Original printed wraps, disbound, presentation copy (trimmed) to "His Excy / The Lord Stuart de Rothesay / with the Author's compliments"; 34 pages
Book No.:
W-80166
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
law of elections, Inscribed or Presentation Copy
 
Author:
Eaton, Harold
Title:
Famous Poison Trials
Publisher:
W. Collins Sons & Co, London, 1923.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-52018
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
trials
 
Author:
Kieckhefer, Richard
Title:
Repression of Heresy in Medieval Germany
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, 1979.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-13064
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
witchcraft, GERMANY, MEDIEVAL
Author:
Title:
Certaine Proposals of Divers Attorneys . . . For the regulating the proceedings at Law . . . Whereby the Clyent will be much secured, the Processe shortned . . . many unnecessary Suits in Law and Equity prevented [etc.]. Wing C1728. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for W. Lee and D. Pakeman [etc.], London, 1651.
Description:
First edition of 21 substantial reform proposals submitted to the Hale Commission's predecessor, part of the major effort to reform the law in mid 17th century England, "important enough to determine the future character of the English legal system"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, lower blank margins of some leaves repaired, marginal gloss and underlining through page 10; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80127
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
legal reform, courts, Parliament, Interregnum
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:
Law Books 1876-1981 Books and Serials on Law and Its Related Subjects
Publisher:
R.R. Bowker Company, New York, 1981.
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-50456
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
Author:
Marcus, Maeva et al (eds.)
Title:
The Documentary History of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1789-1800. Eight Volumes in Nine [complete]
Publisher:
Columbia University Press, New York, 1985-2007.
Description:
Condition:
Original cloth, a very good set in the dustjackets
Book No.:
W-10766
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Supreme Court, 18TH CENTURY
Author:
Saunders, Thomas William
Title:
Counties Police Acts, (2 & 3 Vict. c. 93; 3 & 4 Vict. c.88; and 19 & 20 Vict. c. 69) Together with An Analysis of the Statutes; the Rules and Regulations of the Secretary of State, &c. &c
Publisher:
John Crockford, Law Times Office, 29, Essex Street Strand, London, 1856.
Description:
A rare work, written by the Middle Temple barrister and Thames Police Court magistrate who had long followed (and written upon) the Police Acts, marking with the third act "a great step forward in the movement for police reform"; one copy in OCLC
Condition:
Original cloth, worn but sound, a few notations, presentation "To Valentine Goold Esq / Chief Constable of Somersetshire / with the Author's compts"
Book No.:
W-77175
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Police, Acts
Author:
Crompton, Richard
Title:
Star-Chamber Cases. Shewing What Causes Properly Belong to the Cognizance of that Court. Collected for the most part out of Mr. Crompton, his Booke, entituled The Iurisdiction of divers Courts. S.T.C. 6056. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for Iohn Grove at Furniuals Inne Gate, London, 1630.
Description:
First edition of the first work devoted exclusively to the Star Chamber, whose procedures (including torture) "ha[ve] subsequently, though not wholly justly, [made it] a synonym for a tribunal of arbitrary tyranny" and led to its abolition in 1641
Condition:
Modern vellum, new endpapers, some browning, light staining to the title and following leaf, occasional early notations, quite usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79630
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Star Chamber, reports of cases
Author:
Title:
The Young Clerk's Magazine: or English Law-Repository: Containing A Variety of the most useful Precedents of . . . Bonds, Bills, Recognizances . . . Gifts, Grants, Leases . . . To which is added The Doctrine of Fines and Recoveries [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling . . . for J. Hodges &c, London, 1740.
Description:
A rare, early edition of a work published much of the 18th century, providing guidance on conveyancing matters in the largest sense (including marriage contracts, wills, and charterparties) encompassing all public business; one copy in ESTC in the UK
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, a bit scraped, the spine rubbed, ?label lacking, else quite clean with good margins and the two plates; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79741
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, Forms & Form Books, conveyancing, marriage, maritime law
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:
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:
Ley, James
Title:
Reports of Divers Resolutions in Law, Arising upon Cases in the Court of Wards, And other Courts at Westminster, in the Reigns of the late Kings, King James and King Charles . . . And now published for the Common good [etc.]. Wing M688. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Tho. Roycroft for H. Twyford, Tho. Dring [etc.], London, 1659.
Description:
The well-regarded and only contemporaneously printed reports and treatise devoted exclusively to the Court of Wards and Liveries in which, in Dr. Baker's words, "the best lawyers of the day were involved" in difficult questions of property law
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled unlettered sheep, rubbed, the spine ends just chipped, very light browning, else quite well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79942
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
reports of cases, Lunatics, infants, insanity, reports of cases, reports of cases, reports of cases
Author:
Saint German, Christopher
Title:
The Fyrste dyaloge in Englysshe with new addycyons. Beale T464; S.T.C. 21562
Publisher:
Impryntyd by me Robert Wyer . . . in saynt Martyns parysshe [etc], London, 1531.
Description:
The first issuance of the second version in English of the first dialogue of Saint German's famed treatise on English equity (differing from the first version of the previous year) both serving as principal bases for the modern scholarly translation
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt, title slightly darkened with skilful repair, minor worming, light marginal staining, occasional early notations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78785
Price:
$ 10500.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Title:
The Traveller's Guide, and, The Country's Safety. Being A Declaration of the Laws of England against High way men, or Robbers upon the Road . . . Illustrated with variety of Law Cases, Historical Remarks, Customs, Usages [and] Authorities. Wing M50
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1683.
Description:
First edition of the first work devoted exclusively to the laws protecting travellers, invoking the "hue and cry" and anticipating the many complications (thief takers, approvers, accomplices turning state's evidence) to ensue in the 18th century
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, somewhat rubbed and marked, else crisp and well preserved, with the first blank and the two advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79402
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
law of highways, criminal law
Author:
Clark, George
Title:
The Penal Statutes Abridged, and Alphabetically Arranged . . . To Which is Prefixed, A Collection of Maxims and Rules for the proper Exposition of Statutes . . . The Second Edition, with Great Additions . . . By George Wilson, Serjeant at Law. Not in Cowley
Publisher:
Printed for Fielding and Walker [and two others], London, 1777.
Description:
The rare, expanded edition, arranged alphabetically and prefaced by 58 maxims, specifying an offense's nature and penalties (for first and subsequent offenses) and the number of witnesses and magistrates needed for conviction; five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the spine gilt ruled and blind decorated, with a crimson morocco label, gilt, clean and crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79675
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Abridgements, maxims
Author:
Title:
A Short and True Relation concerning the Soap-busines. Containing the severall Patents, Proclamations, Orders, whereby the Soapemakers of London . . . were damnified, by the Gentlemen that were the Patentees for Soape at Westminster [etc.]. Wing S3555
Publisher:
Printed for Nicholas Boure at . . . the Royall Exchange, London, 1641.
Description:
Part of the great outcry against monopolies and patents granted by the Crown, here applied to a new method of manufacturing soap, inflating its price to the public, and ultimately contributing to the patents' dismantling by the Long Parliament
Condition:
Modern gilt lettered calf, definite browning, the joints rubbed and the front joint just cracking, but firm, without the final blank; a good copy
Book No.:
W-77145
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
patents
Author:
Brydall, John
Title:
Jus Sigilli: Or, the Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seale, the Privie Seale, the Exchequer Seale, and the Signet. Also Of those Grand Officers, to whose Custody these Seales are committed [etc.]. Wing B5263
Publisher:
Printed by E. Flesher . . . for Thomas Dring [etc.], London, 1673.
Description:
Only edition of one of Brydall's earliest works, reflecting his expertise while secretary to the Master of the Rolls and one of his amazingly diverse, productive corpus of some three dozen published treatises and another thirty left in manuscript
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, lightly rubbed, the top and bottom of the joints just cracking, but quite firm, else very clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79751
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Godolphin, John
Title:
A View of the Admiral Jurisdiction. Wherein The most Material Points concerning that Jurisdiction are fairly and submissively Discussed. As also Divers of the Laws, Customs, Rights, and Priviledges of the High Admiralty [etc.]. Second Edition. Wing G953
Publisher:
Printed for and Sold by George Dawes, in Chancery Lane [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
Final edition of the first treatise on English admiralty law, Godolphin having sat as a judge in the Court of Admiralty about a decade before the work's first appearance (in 1661); with a substantial extract of the ancient Laws of Oleron appended
Condition:
?Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, tightly bound, else sound, with the three advertising leaves and the engraved frontispiect; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79545
Price:
$ 600.00
Category:
admiralty
 
Author:
Coke, Edward
Title:
The Third Part of the Institutes Of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, and other Pleas of the Crown, and Criminall causes [bound with] The Fourth Part of the Institutes . . . Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. Wing C4961 and C4930. Folio
Publisher:
Printed at London by M. Flesher, for W. Lee, and D. Pakeman, London, 1648.
Description:
Second editions of both parts, in which Coke first examines exhaustively and with a comprehensiveness not previously attained the criminal law of England, and then the English law courts, including Star Chamber, King's Bench, and Chancery, inter alia
Condition:
Contemporary blind-ruled calf, ?later label lacking, rubbed, but very good copies, with both portraits before the titles
Book No.:
W-77989
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law, courts
Author:
Title:
The Lawyers Library. A New Book of Instruments: Consisting of Precedents Fitted for the Use of Attorney, Ecclesiastical Persons, Scriveners, Merchants, Sollicitors, Owners of Ships, Mariners; And generally for all Persons . . . in Trade [etc.]. 2nd Edition
Publisher:
Printed for R.V. and Sold by R. Gosling [and one other], London, 1709.
Description:
A rare work, arranged alphabetically by subject and represented as "Being the most Compleat Collection of its Bulk and Nature hitherto Extant", first appearing in 1680; one copy in ESTC, not containing the advertising leaf present in this copy
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, quite rubbed, new endpapers, a bit of marginal staining, else quite clean, with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79626
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
conveyancing, Ecclesiastical Law, maritime law, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Title:
Les Ans ou Reports del raigne du Roye Edward le quart, nouelment reuieu et corriggee en diuers lieux. Ouesque un Table perfect des choses [and] les cases icy referres al Abridgement de Brooke, & as auters Lieurs del common Ley [etc.]. S.T.C. 9769; Beale R372
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Wight & Bonhami Norton, dondini, 1599.
Description:
The first collected edition, and the only sixteenth century edition, rich in cases, with reports (separately paginated) for each of the reign's twenty-two years [1461-1483], save for the fifth year, for which the Long Quinto survives
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, centered blind lozenges, one leaf repaired (no loss); a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76844
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Title:
De Termino Michaelis Anno primo [through De termino Hillarii Anno xxii] Eduardi Quarto [1461-1482]. S.T.C. 9776; 9783; 9788; 9794; 9801; 9811; 9817; 9824; 9830; 9835; 9843; 9849; 9854; 9858; 9864; 9869; 9875; 9880; 9887; 9893. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Richard Tottill [imprints vary], London, 1571-73?.
Description:
A rare, complete run of separately printed year books, one for each of the years of the entire twenty-two years of the reign of Edward IV [1461-1483] for all of which reported cases survive, twenty in number, gathered here in one physical volume
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, centered lozenges, rebacked, showing wear but well preserved, with annotations throughout; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78096
Price:
$ 10000.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Title:
Anno III & IIII. Edwardi Sfxti [sic] [Sexti]. Actes made in the Session of this present Parlament . . . the iiii daye of Nouembre, in the thirde yere of the reigne of our moste dread Soueraigne Lorde Edward the vi [1549] [etc.]. S.T.C. 9431; Beale S229a
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Richard Grafton [i.e. Richard Tottel], London, 1570?.
Description:
The second Tottel printing of the statutes of 3-4 Edward VI, a tumultuous year, with the passage of the first Riot Act [c.5], the inception of a public militia [c.5], and the outlawing of "phantasicall" prophecies [c.15]
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light staining, mainly marginal, lacking leaf C2, not affecting the acts mentioned below; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79218
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Acts, criminal law, law of slavery, military law, witchcraft
Author:
Title:
Thys is a true copy of the ordynau[n]ce made in the tyme of the reygne of kynge Henry the vi to be obserued in the kynges eschequier, by the offycers and clerkes of the same, for takynge of fees of the kynges accomptes [etc.]. S.T.C. 7699; Beale T243
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . By [N. Hill for] Henry Smythe, London, 1546.
Description:
A rare printing of Henry VI's 1447 ordinance, still important to the Exchequer's operation, in Holdsworth's words "essential, because most of the officers of the local government were obliged to render an account at the Exchequer"; one copy in ESTC
Condition:
Modern calf, some staining, four leaves repaired in the upper margins with loss of a few words on two leaves, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78992
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
taxation
Author:
Title:
The Clerks Vade Mecum. Or, A Choice Collection of Modern Presidents, According to The best Forms extant, and such as have not formerly been Printed . . . Usefull for all persons that have relation to the Practick part of the Common Law [etc.]. Wing C4651
Publisher:
Printed by T.M. for W. Lee, D. Pakeman and G. Bedell [etc.], London, 1655.
Description:
Only edition of a work prepared by an anonymous barrister, based on a manuscript whose contents are said to be unique and "a faire, polished, and intire body of itself, framed by several sages of the Law, of great Integrity, and Experience"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, joints cracked, back board loose, tightly bound, signature of Phillip Williams dated 1682, usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79493
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
conveyancing, Forms & Form Books, Every Man Law Books
Author:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Collection in English, of the Statutes now in force, continued from the beginning of Magna Charta, made in the 9 yeere of the reigne of King H.3. vntill . . . the 35 yeere of the Reigne of our gratious Queene Elizabeth [etc.]. S.T.C. 9319; Cowley 89
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by the deputies of Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1594.
Description:
One of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference [and of] enormous success", arranging the statutes alphabetically and far surpassing all previous efforts
Condition:
Modern calf, the original boards mounted, repairs to the lower margins of the title and next leaf (no text affected), else quite clean
Book No.:
W-78024
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography, Magna Carta
Author:
Aston, Robert
Title:
Placita Latine Rediviva: A Book of Entries; Containing Perfect and Approved Precedents of Counts, Declarations, Barrs, Avowries, Replications, Pleas in Abatement, Issues, Judgments . . . useful for all Clerks, Attorneys, and Practisers [etc.]. Wing A4070
Publisher:
Printed for H. Twyford, T. Dring, and John Place [etc.], London, 1661.
Description:
One of two variant first editions of Aston's book of entries, so-called because taken from the entries of the clerks upon the plea rolls, a species called by Dr. Baker "replete with learning which . . . the legal historian ignores at his cost"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed, light browning, else a very good copy with ample margins, the Taussig copy; with "Precedents" in the title
Book No.:
W-78132
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
books of entry, canon law
Author:
Colquhoun, Patrick
Title:
A Treatise on the Police of the Metropolis; Containing a Detail of the Various Crimes and Misdemeanors By which Public and Private Property and Security are . . . injured and endangered: and Suggesting Remedies for Their Prevention. Sixth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by H. Baldwin and Son . . . for Joseph Mawman [etc.], London, 1800.
Description:
The penultimate, much enlarged edition of Colquhoun's pioneering treatise, "a major work of permanent value [and] the first in the English language . . . on the subject of police", leading to the establishment of London's professional police force
Condition:
Modern 1/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, light browning, else a very good copy; the variant first printing with the colophon at index end only
Book No.:
W-77078
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
criminal law, FRANCE, Police, London
Author:
Title:
The Rates of Marchandizes; As they are set downe in the Book of Rates, for the Custome and Subsidie of Poundage . . . Together with the Rates . . . as are laid vpon any Commodities, either brought into the Realme, or carried out [etc.]. S.T.C. 7695
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1635.
Description:
The uncommon and seemingly final official publication setting forth the taxes on imports and exports before the abolition of customs farming and the introduction of a new book of rates in 1642, the effects of this fundamental change still debated
Condition:
Modern straight- grained green morocco, gilt lettered, the spine a bit faded, without the final blank, else crisp and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78682
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
economics, taxation
Author:
Hutton, Richard
Title:
The Reports Of . . . Sir Richard Hutton Knight; Sometimes one of the Judges of the Common Pleas: Containing many Choice Cases, Judgments, and Resolutions, in Points of Law, In the several Reigns of King James and King Charles. Second Edition. Wing H3844
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1682.
Description:
The final edition of the reports of Hutton, the righteous judge famous for his opinion in the Shipmoney case (that the King may not impose a tax without parliamentary assent), here expanded with the addition of subsequent authorities in the margins
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled unlettered calf, a bit rubbed, some minor marginal worming and staining, else very fresh with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79386
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
Title:
The Trial of Elizabeth Canning, Spinster, for Wilful and Corrupt Perjury [with] Crisp Gascoyne, An Address . . . Relative to His Conduct in the Cases of Elizabeth Canning and Mary Squires [with] A Refutation of Sir Crisp Gascoyne's Address [and another]
Publisher:
Imprints Vary, London, 1753-54.
Description:
The principal contemporary account of the trial of Elizabeth Canning, "the centre of the most famous English criminal mystery of her century", coupled with the address of Gascoyne, London's Lord Mayor, skeptical of Canning, and a rebuttal to him
Condition:
Contemporary blind decorated, panelled reverse calf, very lightly rubbed, else exceptionally clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78086
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Molloy, Charles
Title:
De Jure Maritimo et Navali: or, a Treatise of Affairs Maritime and of Commerce [with "West Doore" in the imprint]. Not in Wing; compare Wing M2395
Publisher:
Printed for John Bellinger in Cliffords-Inn Lane [etc.], London, 1676.
Description:
The rare variant of the first edition of the most popular of all the early works on maritime law, written by Molloy, a member of both Lincoln's Inn and Gray's Inn, and "the first important English common lawyer to write a book about the law merchant"
Condition:
Contemporary mottled calf, rubbed, rebacked, two leaves with paper flaws, else quite crisp, six copies in ESTC, none in a law library; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78721
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
maritime law
Author:
Wentworth, Thomas
Title:
The Office and Duty of Executors. Or, A Treatise of Wils and Executors, directed to Testators in the choice of their Executors, and Contrivance of their Wils. With direction for Executors in the Execution of of[sic] their Office [etc.]. 4th ed. Wing W1360B
Publisher:
Printed by T. Maxey, for Matthew Walbank . . . in Holborn, London, 1656.
Description:
A rare, early edition of the first treatise on executors written from a common law (as opposed to an ecclesiastical law) standpoint, praised by Holdsworth ("a good and popular book") and published well into the 19th century; four copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary blind ruled unlettered sheep, quite rubbed and marked, top of spine just chipped, some browning, yet clean and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79293
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
In this booke is contayned the offyces of Shyriffes, Bayliffes of lybertyes, Escheatours, Constables, and Coroners, and sheweth what euery one of them may dooe by vertue of their offices [etc.]. Not in S.T.C., Beale, nor ESTC
Publisher:
Imprynted ay London, by Thomas Marshe, London, No date.
Description:
A seemingly unrecorded edition of the first work devoted to the English law of the offices of sheriff, coroner, and other local officials, its title and colophon different from all other copies, and its running heads in black letter, not Roman
Condition:
Later calf, the title darkened and a bit chipped, as are the lower margins of several leaves, two leaves repaired (no text affected), the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79096
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners
Author:
Walthoe (comp.), John
Title:
A Catalogue of the Common and Statute Law-Books of this Realm. With Some others relating thereunto . . . Alphabetically digested under proper Titles. With An Account of the Best Editions, and Common Prices for which they are now Sold
Publisher:
Printed for J. Walthoe . . . and J. Walthoe, Junr [etc.], London, 1720.
Description:
A rare Walthoe catalogue, the first of its kind to appear in the 18th century, largely based in turn on the pioneering catalogue of Thomas Bassett, to whom "belongs the distinction of compiling and publishing the first bibliography of English law"
Condition:
Modern mottled calf, some light browning, else well preserved, one copy in ESTC (possibly incomplete), 99 pages + the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79377
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Bibliography, Dealer & Auction Catalogues
Author:
Title:
The Olde Tenures [with] Littleton Tenures Nevly Imprinted [with] Natura breuium, newly & moost newly corrected [with] Articvli ad Narrationes Novas Pertim. Formati [with] [Fitzherbert] Diuersite de courtz. S.T.C. 23884, 15731.5, 18396, 818, and 10949
Publisher:
Imprints vary [three by Robert Redman; two by William Middleton], London, ?1532-?1545.
Description:
A unique collection of early English law books, all rare, three found in fewer than four copies in S.T.C., all important to the study of medieval English law and, in the case of the Littleton and Natura Brevium, English law in subsequent centuries
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, rebacked, remains of clasps, first title darkened, bookplate of Frederick J O Montague; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79161
Price:
$ 12500.00
Category:
Author:
Ireland, Thomas
Title:
An Exact Abridgment In English of all the Reports of that Learned and Reverend Judge Sir James Dyer Knight, And sometimes Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas . . . Wherein is contained the very substance of all those Reports at large [etc.]. Wing D2925
Publisher:
Printed for Matthew Walbancke, and John Place [etc.], London, 1651.
Description:
Only edition of the only abridgment in English of Dyer's Reports (reports Dr. Baker includes as those "second to the Yearbooks as a source of authority"), Ireland's abridgment of Coke's Reports having appeared in 1650; with over 1100 cases digested
Condition:
Modern blind and gilt ruled and decorated calf, some browning (moreso to the title), the margins cut close but legibility preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79744
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
reports of cases, Abridgements, 16TH CENTURY
 
Author:
Trusler, John
Title:
A Summary of the Constitutional Law of England, Being an Abridgement of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, Knt, One of the Justices of His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas. Not in Eller; Laeuchli 123
Publisher:
W. Sleater, No. 28, and W. Colles, No. 17, Dame-street, Dublin, 1790.
Description:
The only Irish edition of the first abridgment of Blackstone, the earliest of three abridgments to appear in the 18th century, designed "to make Blackstone's Commentaries useful to all Classes of People"; uncommon, three copies in ESTC in the USA
Condition:
Modern 1/4 leather over boards, somewhat rubbed and chafed, some browning, but sound, with the advertising leaf preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78935
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Abridgements, English constitutional law
Author:
Dugdale, William
Title:
Origines Juridiciales, or Historical Memorials of the English Laws, Courts of Justice, Forms of Tryal, Punishment in Cases Criminal, Law-Writers, Law-Books . . . Inns of Court and Chancery [etc.]. Third edition. Wing D2490
Publisher:
Printed for Christop. Wilkinson [and two others] [etc.], London, 1680.
Description:
The foremost early treatise devoted to the history of the legal profession (particularly to the Inns of Court), still of value, termed "a pioneering work . . . and influential" by Dr. Baker and "the chief authority" by Holdsworth; with the 7 plates
Condition:
Contemporary calf, ex-library, the front board detached and the title and first leaf loose; with the armorial bookplate of Charles, Viscount Bruce
Book No.:
W-74934
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Inns of Court, criminal law, biography
Author:
Theobald, William
Title:
A Practical Treatise on the Law of Principal and Surety, Particularly with Relation to Mercantile Guaranties, Bills of Exchange, and Bail Bonds
Publisher:
S. Sweet, Chancery Lane, Stevens and Sons, Bell Yard [etc.], London, 1832.
Description:
Only English edition of a work based on lectures delivered at the University of London by an Inner Temple barrister, seemingly the only part of his ambitious plan to "put in an institutional form" the private commercial law of England
Condition:
Contemporary boards, printed paper label, front joint just cracking and a bit tender, else a very good, untrimmed, unsophisticated copy
Book No.:
W-76039
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Agency, Bills and Notes, Bail and Bail Bonds, Commercial Law
Author:
Noy, William
Title:
A Treatise of the Rights of the Crown. Declaring, How the King of England may Support and Increase his Annual Revenues. Collected out of the Records in the Tower, the Parliament Rolls, and Close Petitions, Anno X Car. Regis. 1634 [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by B. Lintott and E. Curll in Fleetstreet, London, 1715.
Description:
First edition of one of Noy's "thoughtful and important works on the law", written while he was Charles I's attorney general, yet leading to his great unpopularity, as he sought to increase royal revenues via forest fines, monopolies, and shipmoney
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, lightly rubbed, else especially clean and crisp, with both the Lintot and the Curll advertising leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79715
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Natural Resources, Anti-trust
Author:
Davys [Davies], John
Title:
Le Primer Report des Cases et Matters en Ley resolues & adiudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland. Collect & digest per Sr. Iohn Davys Chiualer, Atturney Generall del Roy en cest Realme [etc.] [the variant with folio 84 unnumbered]. S.T.C. 6362
Publisher:
Printed for the Company of Stationers, London, 1628.
Description:
First London edition of the first and only early Irish reports, first published in Dublin in 1615, undertaken by Davies, at that time attorney general in Ireland, and "[t]he leading figure in the extension and enforcement of the common law" there
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, manuscript paper label, front hinge starting, else quite clean with the bookplate of William Hopkinson; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78295
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Author:
Williams, T.W.
Title:
A Compendious Digest of The Statute Law, Comprising The Substance and Effect of All the Public Acts of Parliament . . . from Magna Charta in the Ninth Year of King Henry III to the Twenty-Seventh Year of . . . King George III Inclusive. Cowley 276
Publisher:
Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers, for G. Kearsley [etc.], London, 1787.
Description:
The rare first edition of the last attempt to digest Great Britain's statute law, arranged alphabetically by subject and undertaken by the Inner Temple barrister known for his writings and as editor of the 'Law Journal'; one copy in ESTC in the USA
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and some staining towards the volume's end, else a very good copy, with the half title and errata
Book No.:
W-77068
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Abridgements, Acts
Author:
Plowden, Edmund
Title:
Les Commentaries, Ou Reportes . . . de diuers cases esteant matters en ley, & de les Arguments sur yceux [etc.] [bound with] La Second Part de les Reports, ou, Commentaries [etc.]. S.T.C. 20045 & 20047.5; Beale R490. Folio
Publisher:
[1] In Aedibus Thomae Wight [2] Companie of Stationers, London, 1599 & 1610.
Description:
Early editions of both parts of Plowden's pathbreaking Commentaries, the reports marking the break with the Year Books and providing (in the words of Dr. Baker) "the conception of a law report as a reasoned exposition of the law, with learned gloss"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite rubbed, repaired, later paper label, the first title dusty, else particularly clean with occasional notations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77965
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
reports of cases
Author:
Title:
Olde teners newly corrected. S.T.C. 23880; Beale T72
Publisher:
In edibus Richardi Pynsoni regii impressoris [etc.], London, 1525.
Description:
The rare, final Pynson printing of one of a few early English law treatises, dating to the late 14th century (partly relied upon by Littleton), its "primary, if not exclusive, purpose . . . as a textbook for the beginning student"; six copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern blind panelled calf, centered lozenges, a few early markings and notations, light browning, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78681
Price:
$ 8500.00
Category:
Real Property
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:
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:
Williams, John
Title:
The Laws of Trade and Commerce, Designed As a Book of Reference in Mercantile Transactions
Publisher:
Printed for Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, Paternoster-Row [etc.], London, 1812.
Description:
First edition of a wide-ranging treatise, partly based on the works of Adam Smith and Lord Kames, with substantial portions devoted to international law, both in peace and war, and to insurance, principal and agent, bills of exchange, and bankruptcy
Condition:
Contemporary polished calf, the spine rubbed, some mainly marginal pencil notations, else a very good fresh copy
Book No.:
W-76654
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Commercial Law, international law, bankruptcy, insurance law, Bills and Notes
Author:
Townesend, George
Title:
A Preparative to Pleading. Being A Work intended for the Instruction and Help of Young Clerks of the Court of Common Pleas. The Second Edition. Wing T1982. 8vo
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins [etc.], London, 1685.
Description:
Townesend's principal work, with a substantial portion devoted to language, including English words Latinized, English among French, Latin among French, doubtful expressions, exposition of words, and the formality of writing, with authorities cited
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, rebacked, much of the original spine laid back down, light browning, yet clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79695
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
pleading, legal dictionaries, introductory law
Author:
Bellewe, Richard
Title:
Les Ans du Roy Richard le Second. Collect' Ensembl' hors les Abridgments de Statham, Fitzherbert et Brooke [etc.]. Beale R478; S.T.C. 1848
Publisher:
Imprinted by Robert Robinson dwelling in Fewter lane [etc.], London, 1585.
Description:
Original edition of the sole reports from the late fourteenth century reign of Richard II, culled from the the three major early English abridgments, termed "rare" by Winfield and "excessively rare" by Wallace, not to be reprinted until 1869
Condition:
Contemporary vellum, quite unevenly darkened, the variant with the arms of Lincoln's Inn on the verso of the title; without the colophon if called for
Book No.:
W-79127
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
reports of cases, Abridgements, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Title:
The Ship Owner's Manual . . . Containing a General System of the Maritime Laws . . . with Several New Adjudged Law Cases, and Abstracts of the Most Important Acts; Among Which are the Navigation Acts, Smuggling Acts, Manifest Act [etc.]. Eighth Edition
Publisher:
Printed, in Gateshead, by and for D. Akenhead and Sons [etc.], Newcastle upon Tyne, 1800.
Description:
A rare, provincially printed, highly practical work (not to be confused with the London printed "Shipmaster's Assistant"), treating of demurrage, insurance, bottomry, salvage, average, and arbitration, inter alia, with much on law and legislation
Condition:
Contemporary mottled sheep, rubbed, front joint cracked but holding, else quite clean and usable, the Taussig copy; no copy in ESTC, two in OCLC
Book No.:
W-78470
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
maritime law, international law, criminal law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
Pleas of the Crown. Or a Brief, but Full Account of Whatsoever can be found Relating to that Subject. By Sir Matthew Hale Knight, late Chief Justice of the Kings Bench. Wing H254
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Richard Atkyns [etc.], London, 1678.
Description:
First issuance under Hale's name of the precis of his masterpiece 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:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, spine faded and its ends chipped, owner's stamp on title, else very clean, bright and usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79693
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Hale, Matthew
Title:
De Successionibus apud Anglos: Or, A Treatise of Hereditary Descents, Shewing The Rise, Progress and Successive Alterations thereof. And Also the Laws of Descent as they are now in use. Wing H236
Publisher:
Printed and are to be Sold by A. Baldwin in Warwick-lane, London, 1699.
Description:
First edition of Hale's impressive but virtually ignored conspectus of the law of descents, treating of the practices of the Jews, Greeks, and Romans, as well as ancient, medieval and early modern English law; with the folding table (browned)
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, marked and rubbed, some browning, else sound with good margins and the bookplate of Sir Edward Northey; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79641
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Real Property, Wills, jewish law, roman law, greek law
Author:
Kitchin, John
Title:
Le Court Leete, et Court Baron collect per Iohn Kytchin de Greys Inne . . . les cases et matters necessaries pur Seneschals de ceux courts a scier, pur les Students de les measons de Chauncerie [etc.]. STC 15017 & addenda [two copies, including this copy]
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli. Octobris quarto [etc.], London, 1580.
Description:
The rare early variant printing of a work which--together with Lambarde's "Eirenarcha"--remains essential to the understanding of Tudor local courts and government, treating of both civil and criminal matters; with the preface dated 10 Nov 1581
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered blind lozenges, later label, lightly rubbed, very fresh with generous margins; the Taussig copy--not in ESTC
Book No.:
W-79141
Price:
$ 1850.00
Category:
justices of peace, courts, criminal law, courts
Author:
Title:
A Collection Of all the Statutes now in Force, Relating to the Excise upon Beer, Ale, and other Liquors; And the Duties upon Candles, Hops, Sope, Paper, Callicoes [and other goods] With An abridgment of the said Statutes [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by John Baskett [and two others] [etc.], London, 1716.
Description:
First edition of seemingly the first substantial effort to catalogue much of the realm's excise taxes, arranged chronologically and then alphabetically digested; with an unrecorded printing of an act of 3 George III continuing similar duties bound in
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, the lower portion of the front joint cracking but firm, quite clean and sturdy; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79632
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Author:
Brooke, Robert
Title:
La Graunde Abridgement, Collecte & escrie per le Iudge tresreuerend Syr Robert Brooke, Chiualier, nadgairs chiefe Iustice del common banke [with] La Secound part du Graunde Abridgement [etc.]. Two Volumes in one [complete]. S.T.C. 3828; Beale R471 & R472
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottell Duodecimo die Octobris. 1576, London, 1576.
Description:
Second edition of one of the two great early abridgments of English law, providing access to the centuries of Year Book cases and medieval legal sources otherwise virtually inaccessible; a massive work with over 20,000 entries arranged alphabetically
Condition:
Modern calf, light browning, occasional early annotations, bookplate "Earl of Ellenborough's Heirlooms" with the book numbered noted; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78289
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Coote, Charles
Title:
Sketches of the Lives and Characters of Eminent English Civilians, With an Historical Introduction Relative to the College of Advocates, and an Enumeration of the Whole Series of Academic Graduates Admitted to That Society [etc.]
Publisher:
Sold by G. Kearsley, Fleet-Street, London, 1804.
Description:
Only edition of a rare work and "the only work entirely devoted to the subject" [the history of the English Civilians] written and compiled by Dr. Coote (himself a member of Doctors' Commons) and "his most distinctive work"; six copies in OCLC
Condition:
Original marbled wraps, very worn, spine perished, a fragile copy in original state, the edges untrimmed and partly uncut; with the half-title
Book No.:
W-79280
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Doctors Commons, biography
Author:
Brown, William
Title:
The Clerk's Tutor in Chancery; Giving true Directions by Authentick Precedents, How to draw Affidavits [and other instruments] as are now in use in that High and Honourable Court. To which is prefixt An Introduction [etc.]. The Second Edition. Wing B5080A
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Rich. and Ed. Atkins [etc.], London, 1695.
Description:
A rare edition of one of Brown's many works, all practical, complementing his principal treatise on Chancery, the latter approved by Holdsworth as a work which "gives a good deal of information", as does this work; two copies in ESTC, not in EEBO
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, lightly worn, early paper label, a very good copy, with two slightly different imprimatur leaves; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79150
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
equity, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Babington, Zachary
Title:
Advice to Grand Jurors in Cases of Blood . . . Asserting . . . that the Grand Jury ought to find it Murther, where their Evidence is that the Party intended to be Indicted had his Hands in Blood, and did kill the other Person [etc.]. Wing B248
Publisher:
Printed for John Amery at the Peacock [etc.], London, 1677.
Description:
First edition of Babington's only work, contending that grand juries must return "true bills" in all murder cases, mitigating circumstances to be left to the petit jury, "especially (in Holdsworth's words) in cases of homicide arising out of duels"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind ruled sheep, somewhat rubbed, else especially clean and crisp, with the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79397
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Grand Jury Charges, juries, Law of Duels
Author:
Paul, George Onesiphprous
Title:
An Address Delivered at a General Meeting . . . Convened by the High-Sheriff, For the purpose of receiving a Statement of the Proceedings of the Committee, appointed to carry into execution the Resolutions . . . to rebuild the Gaol and Bridewells [etc.]
Publisher:
Published, by Permission of the Author, Gloucester, 1792.
Description:
A rare address by Paul, John Howard's contemporary praised by Walter Scott, who "brought the gaol and houses of correction to the highest pitch of perfection", celebrating the pioneering, newly built structures the result of his decade's long efforts
Condition:
Early 3/4 morocco over marbled boards, somewhat rubbed, else a very good copy, with the half-title and folding table; no copy in ESTC in North America
Book No.:
W-77037
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
A Guide for Constables, Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor, Surveyors of the High-ways . . . Toll Takers in Fairs . . . shewing The Extent and Latitude of the several Offices . . . by common Law and Statute [etc.]. Fourth Edition. Wing M1795
Publisher:
Printed for Geo. Sawbridge [and ten others], London, 1674.
Description:
A rare edition of Meriton's most popular work (one of a dozen which he wrote while a Yorkshire attorney) designed to supplement and correct Lambarde and Sheppard, with eleven editions appearing between 1669 and 1685; three copies in Wing
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind ruled sheep, rubbed, top of spine just chipped, light browning, yet quite crisp and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79081
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
justices of peace
Author:
Kitchin, John
Title:
Le Court Leete & Court Baron . . . les cases & matters necessaries pur Seneschals de ceux courts a scier, & pur les Students de les measons de Chauncerie . . . Court de Marshalsey, Auncient demesne, Court de Pipowders [etc.]. STC 15021; Beale T373 and T378
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Totelli [etc.], London, 1592.
Description:
The work which--with Lambarde's "Eirenarcha"--remains essential to the understanding of Tudor local courts and government, treating of both civil and criminal matters, complemented by an edition of the Returna Brevium bound in with a separate title
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered lozenges, rebacked, signatures of Richard Norwood and Jno Prynne, quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79325
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
justices of peace, courts, criminal law, courts
Author:
Hands, William
Title:
A Practical Treatise on Fines and Recoveries in the Court of Common Pleas, at Westminster; with Precedents. Third Edition, Corrected and Enlarged
Publisher:
Printed by J. Butterworth & Son, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1817.
Description:
Penultimate edition of Hands' carefully glossed work upon the arcane method of securing certainty in land titles, recognized as important by both Maitland and Brunner, "giv[ing] (in Holdsworth's words) a clear account of the many [legal] formalities"
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the joints cracking but firm, the label lacking, a bit of foxing, yet a clean usable copy
Book No.:
W-76359
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
conveyancing
Author:
Title:
In Hoc Volumine continentur omnes Casus antehac impressi, qui acciderunt annis Regum Henrici quarti, & Henrici quinti [1399-1422], non modo impressorum, Sed etiam manu scriptorum exemplarium collatione emendati [etc.]. S.T.C. 9610. Folio
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Wight, London, 1605.
Description:
A rare example of a Year Book reporting cases from more than one reign, and the only Year Book to report cases from the reigns of both Henry IV and Henry V (apart from the later Vulgate edition), with a separate title for each reign
Condition:
Contemporary calf, somewhat rubbed and spotted, else a very good copy, with the 17th century ownership signature of John Legard, Inner Temple barrister
Book No.:
W-76835
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Year Books
Author:
Title:
The Boke for a Iustyce of peace neuer soo wel and diligently set forthe [with] Carta Foedi [with] Modvs Tenendi Cvriam Baronis [with] Retvrna Brevivm [with] A Trve Copy of the Ordinance . . . in the Kynges Eschker. STC 14873; 7696.7; 7713; 15583.7; 20899.5
Publisher:
in Aedibus T. Berthel[eti] [imprints vary; all by Berthelet], London, 1535-40?.
Description:
A unique collection of rare editions of five medieval English law books, all printed in the early sixteenth century, two the copies recorded in the Short Title Catalogue, the first lacking its title, else especially clean and complete
Condition:
Contemporary blind stamped calf, worn, ?a unique binding with panels similar to Oldham's HM26 and 28 (front) and HM25 (back); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79342
Price:
$ 10000.00
Category:
justices of peace, courts, Procedure, taxation
Author:
Meriton, George
Title:
Land-Lords Law . . . Being A Collection of several Cases in the Law concerning Leases, Distresses, Replevins, Rescous, Waste and several other Matters which often happen between Land-Lord and Tenant [etc.]. Wing M1803
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Twoford, Thomas Dring, and John Place, London, 1665.
Description:
First edition (variant) of the first work on the English law of landlord and tenant, especially important to the history of English land law, reflecting England's unique position among European countries in the amount of land cultivated by leasehold
Condition:
Modern calf, crimson morocco label, definite browning, a few margins chipped, else sound, without the first blank preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79659
Price:
$ 875.00
Category:
landlord and tenant, Real Property
Author:
Wood, Thomas
Title:
Some Thoughts Concerning the Study of the Laws of England. Particularly in the Two Universities [etc.]. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Stagg . . . and D. Browne [etc.], London, 1727.
Description:
Wood's prescient effort, anticipating Blackstone, "urg[ing] the extension of legal education beyond the confines of the inns of court to the universities", with particular authors and subjects on both common and civil law recommended throughout
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, a very good copy, quite clean and well-margined; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78056
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
education
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:
Blackstone, William
Title:
An Essay on Collateral Consanguinity, It's Limits, Extent, and Duration; More particularly As it is regarded by the Statutes of All Souls College in the University of Oxford. Eller 236; Laeuchli 547 [her first issue]
Publisher:
Printed; and sold by W. Owen near Temple-Bar [etc.], London, 1750.
Description:
First edition of Blackstone's first legal work, written when he was twenty-seven, "denot[ing] considerable research ability in the fields of civil and canon law", and proposing that all applicants to All Souls be equally considered without preference
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, some browning, else a very good copy, with the half-title and the table of consanguinity; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78732
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Author:
Herne, John
Title:
The Law of Charitable Uses. Wherein the Statute of 43. Eliz. Chap. 4 is set forth and Explained; with Directions how to Sue out and prosecute Commissions grounded upon that Statute: Also Presidents, Inquisitions, and Decrees . . . upon the said Statute
Publisher:
Printed by T.R. for Timothy Twyford [etc.], London, 1660.
Description:
First edition of the first treatise on English charitable law, examining the pioneering late Elizabethan statute creating poor law's legal framework for centuries, with its preamble "to have the greatest influence on the English law of charity"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed, the top of the spine just chipped, manuscript notes on the first blank, clean and sound, the Taussig copy; Wing H1568
Book No.:
W-79114
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
charities, 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:
Title:
Anno Septimo Edwardi Sexti. Actes made in the Parlamente holden at Westminster, the first daye of Marches, in the vii yere of the reigne of our moste redoubted Souuereine Lorde Edwarde the VI [1553] . . . And there continued [etc.]. S.T.C. 9439
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Graftoni . . . Mense Aprilis [etc.], London, 1553.
Description:
The uncommon first printing of the acts of Edward VI's final parliament, including the confirmation of the establishment of several Royal courts under Henry VIII [c.3]; two copies in S.T.C. in North America, which also locates this copy
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite rubbed, last leaf repaired and backed with small loss, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79221
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, courts
Author:
Lambarde, William
Title:
Eirenarcha, or of the Office of the Iustices of Peace [bound with] The Dvties of Constables, Borsholders, Tythingmen, and such other lowe and Lay Ministers of the Peace. Whereunto be adioyned, the seuerall offices of Church Ministers &c. STC 15171/15157
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1607 & 1606.
Description:
Early seventeenth century editions of Lambarde's two major works on justices of the peace and their complementary local officers, including surveyors of highways, overseers of the poor and destroyers of "noisome fowle and vermin"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, joints rubbed and just cracking but quite firm, spine ends a bit chipped, else fresh and very clean; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-79272
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
justices of peace, Ecclesiastical Law, poor law, law of highways, law of nuisance
 
Author:
Wilkinson, John
Title:
The Office and Authority of Coroners and Sheriffs. With Directions how and in what manner to execute the said Offices . . . with an easie and plain Method for the Keeping of Court Leets, Court Barons, and Hundred Courts. Fourth Edition. Wing W2246A
Publisher:
Printed by E. Flesher, J Streater, and H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1675.
Description:
Final edition of the first treatise by a named author on both the coroner and on the sheriff, written by a Barnard's Inn attorney and appearing in several editions throughout the century; with separate sections on each officer and on each local court
Condition:
Early calf, gilt lettered, all edges marbled, the spine rubbed, new endpapers, quite clean and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79290
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
coroners, sheriffs, courts
Author:
Jenkins, David
Title:
Eight Centuries of Reports: or, Eight Hundred Cases Solemnly Adjudged in the Exchequer-Chamber, or, Upon Writs of Error. Publish'd Originally in French and Latin . . . Now carefully Translated, with the Addition of many Thousand References [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1734.
Description:
First edition in English of Judge Jenkins' Reports, by far spanning a greater time period than any other reports (from the 13th through the 17th centuries), with a case dating to 1220, significantly earlier than the earliest printed Year Book case
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over decorated boards, occasional very light foxing and browning, else well-preserved, with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78019
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
taxation, reports of cases

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San Francisco, CA 94110
Phone : (415) 255-6400
Fax : (415) 795-3982
E-mail: rarelaw@meyerbos.com
URL : https://www.meyerbos.com
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