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Author:
Brown, Josiah
Title:
A New Abridgment of Cases in Equity, and of Such Cases at Law, as relate to Equitable Subjects; from 1735, to the Present Time. Volume I [all published]. Cowley 286. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed (for the Author) by A. Strahan and W. Woodfall [etc.], London, 1793.
Description:
Only edition of a rare work, the penultimate attempt to abridge all matters equitable, to have been enormously extensive, cut short by Brown's death and extending only through the letter "A"; this copy with an index found in no copy located online
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, ex-Middle Temple Library, light foxing and browning, else well-preserved; two copies in ESTC, neither in the USA
Book No.:
W-76324
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
equity, Abridgements
Author:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Collection of all the statutes, from the beginning of Magna Carta, vnto the yeare of our Lord (1557) which were before that yeare imprinted [to] the . . . fifth yeare of the raigne of oure Soueraine lady Queene Elizabeth [etc.]. STC 9308.5; Beale S61
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli, London, 1566.
Description:
The rare, third printing of one of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference [and of] enormous success" surpassing all previous efforts; five copies in ESTC, one imperfect
Condition:
Contemporary blind-panelled sheep, worn, spine chipped, minor worming, browning and staining, bookplate of Viscount Mersey; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78475
Price:
$ 5000.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
Author:
Title:
The Greate abbrydgement of all y statutes of Englande vntyl the xxxiii yere of the reygne of . . . Henry the eyght [1542] [with] the abregementes of the statutes made in the xxxiii yere of . . . kyng Henry the viii. S.T.C. 9524 and 9544; Cowley 39 and 40
Publisher:
Imprynted . . . by me Wyllyam Myddylton [imprints vary], London, 1542.
Description:
The penultimate editions of the first abridgement in English of England's statutes, first edited and published by John Rastell in 1519, then expanded and improved upon by Rastell's son, William, in 1530/31, and here continued to 1542
Condition:
Modern blind ruled calf, the title repaired and backed, the last leaf repaired with small loss, lacking 8b (printer's device); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79321
Price:
$ 6500.00
Category:
Abridgements
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:
Salmon, Thomas
Title:
A New Abridgement and Critical Review of the State Trials, and Impeachments for High-Treason . . . The Whole containing, I. The Substance of the Indictment or Charge. II. The Evidence. III. The Prisoner's Defence. IV. The several Points of Law [etc.] Folio
Publisher:
Printed for J. and J. Hazard [and six others] [etc.], London, 1738.
Description:
A major abridgement of the first edition of the state trials, undertaken by the latter's editor, Thomas Salmon, and itself a substantial folio of over 900 pages reporting trials spanning more than three centuries and adding a critical apparatus
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, rubbed, definite browning and foxing, but a sound usable copy
Book No.:
W-76691
Price:
$ 275.00
Category:
Abridgements, trials
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
La Graunde Abridgement, Collecte par le Iudge . . . Anthony Fitzherbert [with] La Secounde Part du Graund Abridgement [with] Tabula. Cy ensuit la Table pur trouer les titles [etc.]. S.T.C. 10957; Beale R466, R467, and R468. Three Volumes in One
Publisher:
In Aedibus Ricardi Tottell [etc.], London, 1577.
Description:
The final, early (of three) printing of "the decisive book--the book that 'made' the Common Law", containing over 13,000 abridged case-notes arranged alphabetically by subject in some 263 titles and digesting hundreds of years of medieval case law
Condition:
Early blind ruled calf, rebacked, the upper portion of the title strengthened, else well preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78463
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Bacon, Matthew
Title:
A New Abridgment of the Law. Five Volumes [complete]. Folio. Cowley 230
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling [etc.] [imprints vary], London, 1736-66.
Description:
First edition of all five volumes of Bacon's pioneering abridgment, creating a "scientifically constructed treatise[] on all branches of the law" in Holdsworth's words, still thought to be based in part on both books and manuscripts of Baron Gilbert
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, joints cracked but holding, one label lacking, occasional minor worming, yet a good clean set; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77927
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Abridgements
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:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Collection of all the statutes, from the beginning of Magna charta, vnto this present yere of our Lorde God 1574. S.T.C. 9312; Beale S64
Publisher:
In aedibus Richardi Tottelli. An. 1574. vicesimo sexto Iulij, London, 1574.
Description:
An early edition of one of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, "ambitious . . . a valuable reference [and of] enormous success" (Sir John Baker) surpassing all previous efforts; with the statutes in their original languages
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf, centered lozenges, quite rubbed but sound, lightish staining, manuscript additions before the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78787
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography, Magna Carta
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:
Modern calf, gilt-lettered, quite browned, yet crisp and wide-margined; with the index before the text and without the colophon leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77020
Price:
$ 2750.00
Category:
reports of cases, Abridgements, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Pulton, Ferdinando
Title:
An Abstract of all the penall Statutes which be generall, in force and use . . . which doe threaten to the Offendours . . . Moreoeur the aucthoritie and duetie of all Justices of Peace, Shirifes, Coroners, Eschetors, Maiors, Baylifes [etc.]. S.T.C. 9526.7
Publisher:
Imprinted at London . . . by Richard Tottyl [etc.], London, 1577.
Description:
First edition of Pulton's first work in a lifetime devoted to the editing of the English statutes, the first work in English on the criminal law of England, and the first work to attempt to digest or abstract that subject; six copies in S.T.C.
Condition:
Contemporary calf, centered blind lozenges, quite worn, ownership inscriptions and other notations on the title, else very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79449
Price:
$ 6500.00
Category:
criminal law, Acts, Abridgements, justices of peace, coroners, sheriffs
Author:
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:
Meriton, George
Title:
An Exact Abridgment of all the Publick Printed Irish Statutes now in Force . . . Together with An Abridgment of such English Statutes . . . as have been Enacted and made since Sir Edward Poyning's Law, relating to the Kingdom of Ireland [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by and for Andrew Crook [and two others], Dublin, 1700.
Description:
First edition of the first comprehensive abridgment of the Irish statutes and those of England applying to Ireland, compiled by the prolific English lawyer who had removed to Ireland and been granted a law degree from the University of Dublin
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, front joint cracked but holding, a sound clean copy, with the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78716
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
IRELAND, Abridgements
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:
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:
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:
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:
Rastell, William (comp.)
Title:
A Collection of all the Statutes, from the beginning of Magna Charta vnto this present yeare of our Lord God 1579. newlye augmented, and diligentlie perused [etc.]. S.T.C. 9314; Beale S66; Cowley 75
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, London, 1579.
Description:
One of Rastell's two significant contributions to legal literature, and the first edition of his work to translate his selections into English; in John Baker's words "ambitious . . . a valuable reference", surpassing all previous efforts
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled calf (Oldham 775), front joint cracked, else well preserved, with the Somerhill Library bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78746
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
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 yere of the Reigne of King H.3. untill . . . the 7 yere of the Raigne of our Soueraigne Lord King James [etc.]. S.T.C. 9324; Cowley 112. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Societie of Stationers, London, 1611.
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, gilt, light browning and a bit of marginal staining, else a very good, clean, tall copy; no copy in a law library in ESTC; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77827
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography
Author:
Wingate, Edmund
Title:
Statuta Pacis: Or A perfect Table of all the Statutes (now in force) which any way concerne the Office of a Justice of Peace. Cleerly also setting down the severall duties of Sheriffes, Head-officers of Corporations . . .and other Officers &c. Wing W3023
Publisher:
Printed by M. Flesher and J. Young [etc.], London, 1644.
Description:
The uncommon, only edition of Wingate's first legal compilation, offering as its justification Sir Edward Coke's view of the importance to England of its unique system of subordinate government; three copies in ESTC in North America
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered sheep, lightly rubbed, rebacked, the original spine laid down, new endpapers, quite crisp with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79699
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
justices of peace, sheriffs, criminal law, Abridgements
Author:
Jacob, Giles
Title:
The Common Law Common-Plac'd: Containing, the Substance and Effect of All the Common Law Cases, dispersed in the Body of the Law . . . Wherein likewise The Terms of the Law . . . are concisely treated of [etc.]. The Second Edition. Cowley 225. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1733.
Description:
The last, and much-expanded, edition of Jacob's abridgment, designed to complement his 'Statute Law Common-Placed' and likely his 'Student's Companion, or Reasons of the Law'; arranged by subject, alphabetically
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, the boards somewhat worn and scraped, else a very good, tall, clean copy
Book No.:
W-77870
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Abridgements
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 number noted; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78289
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Ashe, Thomas
Title:
Un Perfect Table a Touts les Severall Livers del Reportes de Sir Edward Coke . . . Ouesque un Catalogue de touts le cases in larguments de les principall cases [with an] Alphabeticall collection de touts . . . texts del Latine [etc.]. S.T.C. 5525
Publisher:
Printed for the Company of Stationers, London, 1606.
Description:
First edition of the first abridgement of Coke's reports, undertaken by Thomas Ashe, the master and pioneer of this genre of legal literature ("a great maker of indices and abstracts", in Holdsworth's words); arranged alphabetically by subject
Condition:
Contemporary vellum, soiled, some repairs, else fresh and well-preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-49535
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Abridgements, reports of cases
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, unevenly darkened, variant with the Lincoln's Inn arms on the title's verso, without the colophon if called for; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79127
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
reports of cases, Abridgements, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Title:
A Table to all the Statutes made in the tyme of the most victorious Reigne of kynge Edward the sixte [with] Anno Secvndo et Tertio Edvardi Sexti. Actes [with] An Acte of the Kinges Maiesties Moste Free and generall pardon. S.T.C. 9545, 9424, and ?9430.5
Publisher:
(1) Thomas Berthelet (2) Richard Tottel (3) Richard Grafton, London, 1553 & 57.
Description:
The first separately printed index of English statute law, a rare form of legal literature prior to 1800, with the acts of Edward VI's second parliament and a later pardon, two of the three works the privately held copies recorded in STC
Condition:
Later buckram, light browning and minor worming, else clean and well-margined, with the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78696
Price:
$ 2000.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements
Author:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
La Graunde Abridgement Collect par le Judge . . . Anthony Fitzherbert [with] La Secounde Part du Graund Abridgement [with] La table conteynant en sommarie les choses notables en la graunde Abridgement [etc.]. S.T.C. 10956 & 10956.5. Three Volumes in Two
Publisher:
In Aedibus Ricardi Tottell [imprint varies], London, 1565.
Description:
The magisterial Tottel printing of "the decisive book--the book that 'made' the Common Law", containing over 13,000 abridged case-notes arranged alphabetically by subject in some 263 titles and digesting hundreds of years of medieval case law
Condition:
Contemporary calf, quite worn, some repairs, the second volume rebacked, repair to its last leaf, else very clean with wide margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78092
Price:
$ 5500.00
Category:
Abridgements
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:
Cotton, Robert
Title:
An Exact Abridgement of the Records in the Tower of London From the reign of King Edward the Second, unto King Richard the Third, of all the Parliaments holden in each Kings reign [etc.]. Revised . . . by William Prynne. Wing C6489. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for William Leake Stationer, at the Crown [etc.], London, 1657.
Description:
First edition of one of two valuable works singled out by Holdsworth as the fruits of Prynne's scholarship in seeing published the previously unprinted public records of the Kingdom, both leading to his appointment as their Keeper in the next decade
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, lightly rubbed, else well-preserved, the Evelyn / Taussig copy, with (in addition) the Sir Frederick Evelyn bookplate
Book No.:
W-78344
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Abridgements, Acts
Author:
Title:
The Land-Purchaser's Companion: And the Laws Relating to Tenants and Tenures. Containing I. The Years Purchase all sorts of Lands, Tenements, Rents, Reversions, &c are worth . . . To which are added. The Laws and Statutes relating to Tithes [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling [etc.], London, 1720.
Description:
A primer with an uncommon focus, directed at potential purchasers prior to the South Sea Bubble bursting, providing a guide to valuing land and to associated legal problems, though prudently (and prophetically) suggesting a quite different future
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind ruled and decorated calf, somewhat marked and stained, light browning, else quite well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79728
Price:
$ 1350.00
Category:
Real Property, landlord and tenant, Abridgements, Religion, economics
Author:
D'Anvers, Knightley
Title:
A General Abridgment of the Common Law, Alphabetically Digested under Proper Titles . . . With Three Tables: The First, Of the several Titles. The Second, Of the Names of the Cases. And the Third, Of the Matter under General Heads. Two Volumes. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for . . . John Walthoe [etc.] [imprints vary], London, 1705-13.
Description:
First edition of D'Anvers' translation into English of the abridgment of Henry Rolle, "[i]ts scientific method . . . far in advance of anything that had preceded it", carried forward to the letter "E" and further supplemented but never completed
Condition:
Contemporary calf, a trifle rubbed, occasional light foxing and browning, a very good set, compare Cowley 192; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77796
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Lilly, John
Title:
A Continuation of the Practical Register [of William Style], in Two Parts. Wherein are contained Many Rules of Court, and also Practical Cases [with] a Table of all the Acts of Parliament mentioned in both these Parts. Two Volumes [complete]. Cowley 198
Publisher:
Printed by John Nutt . . . for Charles Harper [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
Lilly's continuation of Style's work, "a useful guide to modern practice decisions collected at a time when the law reports were somewhat thin or non-existent", in John Baker's words, anticipating Lilly's like titled work published as late as 1747
Condition:
Contemporary calf, later paper labels, rubbed, some ink staining to the boards, light browning, yet a good usable set; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79056
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
English Law, Abridgements
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; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78024
Price:
$ 3000.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, Bibliography, Bibliography, Magna Carta
 
Author:
Rolle, Henry
Title:
Un Abridgment des Plusieurs Cases et Resolutions del Common Ley: Alphabeticalment digest desouth severall Titles . . . Ovesque un Table Des general Titles contenus en ceo. Two Volumes in One [complete]. Wing R1872; Cowley 159. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for A. Crooke [and twelve others], London, 1668.
Description:
Only edition of Rolle's universally respected abridgment, edited by Sir Matthew Hale (who also contributes the preface), "far in advance of anything that had preceded it", summarizing Parliamentary records and statutes as well as case law
Condition:
Contemporary speckled blind-ruled calf, rubbed, the original spine laid down, light browning, else a very good copy; with the frontispiece
Book No.:
W-77888
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
Abridgements
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:
An Abstract of All the Acts Passed In the Fifth Session of the Seventh Parliament of Great Britain, and the Fifth Year of the Reign of our most Gracious Sovereign Lord King George the Second. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Baskett [etc.], London, 1732.
Description:
A rare example of an annual, official publication abstracting the just enacted Parliamentary legislation, in this case, some thirty-three acts, including two affecting justices of the peace and several pertaining to colonies in this hemisphere
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, some browning and foxing, else a sound copy, with the final leaf itemizing separately printed, available acts; four copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76939
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
Acts, Abridgements, justices of peace, colonies
Author:
Hughes, William
Title:
An Exact Abridgment of All the Statutes In Force and Use, made in the 16th, 17th, & 18th years of the Reign of K. Charles the first, and in the 12th, 13th, and 14th years of the Reign of K. Charles the second [etc.]. Wing E902A; ESTC R176450; not in Cowley
Publisher:
Printed for J. Starkey and T. Baset [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
A rare legal abridgment (a type of legal literature in which the Grays Inn ancient Hughes specialized), comparing certain years of the reigns of the two Charles, building on Edmund Wingate's earlier abridgment; two copies in ESTC, neither in the UK
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, a bit stained, slightly bowed, a pinhole worm, with the imprimatur and advertising leaves, the latter pasted down
Book No.:
W-80228
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Abridgements
Author:
Ashe, Thomas
Title:
Un Perfect Table a Touts les Severall Livers del Reportes de Sir Edward Coke . . . Ouesque un Catalogue de touts le cases in larguments de les principall cases [with an] Alphabeticall collection de touts . . . texts del Latine [etc.]. S.T.C. 5525
Publisher:
Printed for the Company of Stationers, London, 1606.
Description:
First edition of the first abridgement of Coke's reports, undertaken by Thomas Ashe, the master and pioneer of this genre of legal literature ("a great maker of indices and abstracts", in Holdsworth's words); arranged alphabetically by subject
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, rubbed, the boards with gilt initials ("R B"), manuscript label at the bottom of the spine, very fresh; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80243
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Abridgements, reports of cases

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