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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"; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78271
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
English Law
Author:
Title:
The Contentes of this boke. Fyrste the boke for a Justice of peace. The boke that teacheth to kepe a court Baron, or a lete [and] a courte hundred. The boke[s] called returna Brevium [and] Carta Foedi [and] the kynge's Escheker [etc.]. S.T.C. 14877
Publisher:
In aedibus Thomae Bertheleti [imprints vary], London, 1544.
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:
Modern speckled calf, all edges gilt, bound by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, Huntington Library duplicate, quite clean and even luscious; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79387
Price:
$ 6750.00
Category:
justices of peace, Every Man Law Books, courts, Exchequer, sheriffs, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Smith, Thomas
Title:
The Commonwealth of England, And the Maner and Gouernement thereof . . . With new Additions of the chiefe Courts in England, And the Offices thereof [etc.]. S.T.C. 22863. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by William Stansby for Iohn Smethwicke [etc.], London, 1612.
Description:
The first English treatise on comparative constitutional law and politics, 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:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the top margin cut close affecting the "The" of the title, some browning, else crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79618
Price:
$ 400.00
Category:
political theory, Comparative Law
 
Author:
Title:
Acts Passed at the First Session of the Twenty-Third Congress of the United States
Publisher:
N.p., [Washington], [1834].
Description:
With an appendix containing the text of treaties with Russia, Chile, and eight Indian tribes
Condition:
A soiled but usable copy, original wraps absent, but signatures still firmly sewn; edges trimmed
Book No.:
W-91165
Price:
$ 45.00
Category:
Acts, indian law
Author:
Hutton, Richard
Title:
The Young Clerks Guide: Or, An Exact Collection of choice English Presidents . . . For all sorts of Indentures, Letters of Atturney, Releases, Conditions [bound with] The Second Part Of the Young Clerks Guide [etc.]. Wing H3849A and Not in Wing
Publisher:
Printed for Humphrey Tuckey at the black spread Eagle [both works, London, 1658 & 1657.
Description:
Rare editions (one seemingly unrecorded) of the spectacularly popular handbook attributed to Hutton, the righteous judge famous for his opinion in the Shipmoney case, with some forty editions recorded in ESTC by 1689--one and no copies in ESTC here
Condition:
Modern calf, gilt-lettered, discreetly ex-library, the first work lacking three gatherings, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78422
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Every Man Law Books, Forms & Form Books
Author:
Title:
The Proceedings and Tryal in the Case of . . . William Lord Archbishop of Canterbury [and the six other bishops] [with] The Tryals of Henry Cornish, Esq; for Conspiring the Death of the King, And raising a Rebellion [etc.]. Wing P3555A and T2250. Folio
Publisher:
[1] Printed for Thomas Basset [2] Printed . . . by George Croom, London, 1689 & 1685.
Description:
First edition of one of the great cases of English law, confirming Parliament's right to legislate without subsequent Royal derogation, coupled with the trial of the London sheriff whose execution "secured his place in the pantheon of whig martyrs"
Condition:
Modern vellum slightly bowed, the title pages quite darkened, the portrait of the bishops trimmed and repaired, a working copy; with the errata slip
Book No.:
W-78150
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
trials, English constitutional law, Religion
Author:
Bacon, Nathaniel
Title:
An Historical and Political Discourse of the Laws and Government of England, From the First Times to the End of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. With A Vindication of the Antient Way of Parliaments . . . from some Manuscript Notes of John Selden. Wing S2428
Publisher:
Printed for John Starkey [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The work establishing the reputation of Bacon, the half-brother of Francis Bacon, probably based on notes collected by John Selden, highly influential and "argu[ing] with unrelenting force an anti-royalist ideology of enormous political power"
Condition:
Contemporary speckled, panelled calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed and scraped and some browning, mainly lightish, else a very good crisp copy
Book No.:
W-77069
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
English constitutional law
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury, at the Sessions of the Peace Held for the City and Liberty of Westminster, &c. On Thursday the 29th of June, 1749. Published By Order of the Court, and at the unanimous Request of the Gentlemen of the Grand Jury
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar . . . in the Strand, London, 1749.
Description:
Arguably the most famous grand jury charge ever delivered, "a masterly and assured model of its kind", citing Bracton, Coke, Hale and Hawkins inter alia, and setting forth Fielding's views on the state of English society and its needed reforms
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, the title somewhat browned and with a circular stain, else quite clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79299
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Grand Jury Charges, legal reform, English Law
Author:
Cooley, Thomas M.
Title:
A Treatise on the Constitutional Limitations Which Rest Upon the Legislative Power of the States of the American Union
Publisher:
Little, Brown, and Company, Boston, 1868.
Description:
First edition of Cooley's magnum opus, a work admired by Holmes and used by him in his undergraduate course on constitutional law at Harvard, described by his principal biographer as "the most fecund source of laissez faire constitutional principles"
Condition:
Modern sheep, crimson morocco label, gilt, some markings and an occasional notation, else a very good copy; with an eight page Little Brown catalogue
Book No.:
W-75017
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
constitutional law
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:
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, Menaces, Assaults, Batteries, Ryots, Routs, Vnlawfull assemblies [etc.]. S.T.C. 20497. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for the Companie of Stationers, London, 1615.
Description:
The penultimate 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 polished calf, a bit rubbed, rebacked, some fore-margins cut close, but legibility preserved, particularly clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78368
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
criminal law
Author:
Leach, William
Title:
First A Safegard and a Stay for Sheriffs, Bayliffs, Serjeants at Mace, and such Officers. Or Their Well doings Justified, and their Evill actings Abolished . . . Thirdty [sic] And for Honest Executors and Administrators from paying [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by E. Cotes, in the Year 1652, London, 1652.
Description:
A rare tract written by the Middle Templar whose works "together outlined a programme for the reform of the entire English legal system", here focusing on local officials, executors, administrators, and maritime law; one copy in ESTC, none in the UK
Condition:
Recent 1/4 vellum interleaved, repairs to the lower margins, the text legible, with the Fairfax of Cameron bookplate; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78708
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
legal reform, sheriffs, Wills, maritime law
Author:
Title:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Fitzherbert, Anthony
Title:
Loffice Et aucthoritie de Iustices de peace, in part collect per le iades tresreuerend iudge, Mounsieur A. Fitzherbert et ore enlarge per Richard Crompton, vn Apprentice de le common ley [etc.]. S.T.C. 10978; Beale T329
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Richarde Tottill, London, 1583.
Description:
First edition of Crompton's major expansion of Fitzherbert's classic work, his separate treatment of the justices, their jurisdiction and powers, anticipating Lambarde and Dalton; with for the only time the valuable index compiled by William West
Condition:
Modern calf, double blind ruled, gilt lettered, light browning, lacking one leaf (folio 177), else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79423
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
justices of peace, coroners, criminal law, sheriffs
Author:
Sheppard, William
Title:
The Offices and Duties of Constables, Borsholders, Tything-men, Treasurers of the County-stock, Overseers for the Poore, and other lay-Ministers. Whereunto are adjoyned the severall Offices of Church-Ministers and Churchwardens. Wing S3200
Publisher:
Printed by Ric. Hodgkinsonne . . . for William Cooke [etc.], London, 1641.
Description:
First edition of Sheppard's first work, anticipating his many efforts as Cromwell's law reformer and "containing an important part of his philosophy of government", including two chapters on prisons and a final two (100+ pages) on church officials
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, somewhat rubbed, neatly rebacked, the original flyleaves (with jottings and squiggles) preserved, quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79085
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
English Commonwealth, INDIA, Religion, poor law, prisons
Author:
Title:
The Address Of the Honourable the House of Commons: Presented to His Majesty On Thursday the 25th day of April, 1689. With His Majesty's Answer Thereunto. Wing E2514. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and Thomas Newcomb [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The official and sole London printing of the Commons address offering full support (with William's acceptance) for a declaration of war on France, following the arrival of James II from France in Ireland in mid-March, with war in fact declared May 7
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, title (verso blank) plus two pages, three folds, one manuscript notation, clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79605
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, English Law, military law, IRELAND, FRANCE
Author:
Title:
The Address Of the Honourable the House of Commons: Presented to His Majesty On Thursday the 25th day of April, 1689. With His Majesty's Answer Thereunto. Wing E2514. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and Thomas Newcomb [etc.], London, 1689.
Description:
The official and sole London printing of the Commons address offering full support (with William's acceptance) for a declaration of war on France, following the arrival of James II from France in Ireland in mid-March, with war in fact declared May 7
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, title (verso blank) plus two pages, three folds, one manuscript notation, clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79605
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Parliament, English Law, military law, IRELAND, FRANCE
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:
Blackstone, William
Title:
An Analysis of the Laws of England. To Which is Prefixed an Introductory Discourse on the Study of the Law. Third Edition. Eller 219; Lauechli 522
Publisher:
Printed at the Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1758.
Description:
The analytical schema underlying Blackstone's "Commentaries", providing the syllabus of his Vinerian lectures at Oxford; this edition is the first to bear Blackstone's name and to contain his Introductory Discourse (delivered that year) and an index
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the boards darkened at the joints, light browning, else quite clean with both tables, one folding; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79399
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
English Law, jurisprudence
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli II Regis . . . Decimo Quarto. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Eighth day of May, Anno Dom. 1661 . . . And there continued . . . And thence Prorogued to the 18th of February then next following. Not in Wing. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1662.
Description:
The rare complete record of the first, major legislation of the Restoration's Cavalier Parliament, including the Licensing of the Press Act (c.33), the Act of Uniformity (c.4), and the Act for Better Relief of the Poor (c.12); five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, clean and well preserved with generous margins and the final blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79476
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, freedom of press, criminal law, Religion, poor law
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Caroli II Regis . . . Decimo Quarto. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Eighth day of May, Anno Dom. 1661 . . . And there continued . . . And thence Prorogued to the 18th of February then next following. Not in Wing. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by John Bill and Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1662.
Description:
The rare complete record of the first, major legislation of the Restoration's Cavalier Parliament, including the Licensing of the Press Act (c.33), the Act of Uniformity (c.4), and the Act for Better Relief of the Poor (c.12); five copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, clean and well preserved with generous margins and the final blank; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79476
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, freedom of press, criminal law, Religion, poor law
Author:
Plowden, Francis
Title:
A Treatise upon the Law of Usury and Annuities
Publisher:
Printed for J. Butterworth, Fleet-Street, London, 1797.
Description:
Only edition of a work Holdsworth calls a "very good book", critical of "the ingenious Mr. Bentham", Plowden noting that annuities had been used to evade usury laws, with his complementary analysis of stock transactions for time and stock jobbing
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, quite scuffed, the original label laid down, else quite clean and bright with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79496
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
law of usury, Law and the stockmarket
Author:
Plowden, Francis
Title:
A Treatise upon the Law of Usury and Annuities
Publisher:
Printed for J. Butterworth, Fleet-Street, London, 1797.
Description:
Only edition of a work Holdsworth calls a "very good book", critical of "the ingenious Mr. Bentham", Plowden noting that annuities had been used to evade usury laws, with his complementary analysis of stock transactions for time and stock jobbing
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, quite scuffed, the original label laid down, else quite clean and bright with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79496
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
law of usury, Law and the stockmarket
Author:
Spencer, Thomas
Title:
The Successful Application of the New Poor Law to the Parish of Hinton Charterhouse. Containing: 1. The Aspect of Pauperism Prior to the Passing of the New Poor Law. 2. The Removal of Abuses . . . 3. Some of the Causes of the Outcry Against the New Poor Law
Publisher:
James Ridgway and Son, Piccadilly, London, 1836.
Description:
One of several tracts written by the uncle of Herbert Spencer, singled out by the Webbs as those "which we may mention especially" in support of the New Poor Law, replacing and fundamentally altering the Elizabethan statute enacted in 1601
Condition:
Modern boards, paper label, light foxing and browning, else a good copy; 60 pages
Book No.:
W-76884
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
poor law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Orders and Directions, Together with a Commission for the Better Administration of Justice . . . How, and by whom the Lawes and Statutes tending to the reliefe of the Poor . . . and the reformation of Disorders . . . are executed [etc.]. S.T.C. 9252.4
Publisher:
Imprinted at London by Robert Barker [etc.], London, 1630.
Description:
The Book of Orders of Charles I, part of the "exceptionally elaborate" first efforts to establish a highly organized system of local government, this printing the sole (of three) to name the individual privy councillors and their responsibilities
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, gilt, light browning, the top margin cut a bit close, else very fresh, with the first blank "A"; the Taussig copy [as in S.T.C.]
Book No.:
W-78978
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
legal reform, poor law, justices of peace
Author:
Beawes, Wyndham
Title:
Lex Mercatoria Rediviva . . . Containing An Account of our Trading Companies and Colonies, with their Establishments, and an Abstract of their Charter; the Duty of Consuls, and the Laws subsisting about Aliens, Naturalization and Denization [etc.]. 2d Ed
Publisher:
Printed for R. Baldwin at the Rose, and S. Crowder and Co. [etc.], London, 1761.
Description:
Beawes' vast compendium, based in part on his three decades' experience, with much on English and international law, in Holdsworth's words of "comprehensive character [designed] to give all the information which a merchant . . . could want"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, else a very good tall copy with ample margins
Book No.:
W-77813
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Commercial Law, international law, aliens
Author:
Beawes, Wyndham
Title:
Lex Mercatoria Rediviva . . . Containing An Account of our Trading Companies and Colonies, with their Establishments, and an Abstract of their Charter; the Duty of Consuls, and the Laws subsisting about Aliens, Naturalization and Denization [etc.]. 2d Ed
Publisher:
Printed for R. Baldwin at the Rose, and S. Crowder and Co. [etc.], London, 1761.
Description:
Beawes' vast compendium, based in part on his three decades' experience, with much on English and international law, in Holdsworth's words of "comprehensive character [designed] to give all the information which a merchant . . . could want"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning, else a very good tall copy with ample margins
Book No.:
W-77813
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Commercial Law, international law, aliens
Author:
Astry, James
Title:
A General Charge to All Grand Juries, with Advice to those of Life and Death, Nisi Prius, &c. Collected and Publish'd For the ease of Justices of the Peace . . . To which is Prefix'd, A Discourse of the Antiquity, Power and Duty of Juries [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for W. Turner . . . and Thomas Emery [etc.], London, 1703.
Description:
First edition of Astry's uncommon charge and his only work, devoted exclusively to criminal law and the role of the jury, his exposition on the jury followed by what is essentially an elementary treatise on crime, from high treason to misdemeanors
Condition:
Original unlettered sheep, the spine chipped and strengthened with tape, a clean working copy, with the bookplate of Harold Hemsley; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79542
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
justices of peace, criminal law, juries, Grand Jury Charges
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:
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:
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:
A Compleat Collection of State-Tryals, and Proceedings upon Impeachments for High Treason, and Other Crimes and Misdemeanours [with] A Supplement [in two volumes] to the Four Volumes of the First Edition. Six Volumes [complete]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Timothy Goodwin [and five others] [imprints vary], London, 1719-30.
Description:
First edition of the state trials, the massive effort continued and expanded upon for over a century and offering (in Holdsworth's words) "a unique value for constitutional and legal historians, and a very considerable value [for many others]"
Condition:
Contemporary panelled calf, quite worn, joints cracked, one board loose, spines varnished, the bindings not uniform, minor staining; a clean working set
Book No.:
W-78098
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
trials, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno XXXI Reginae Elizabethae. At a Session of Parliament holden at Westminster. . . in the one and thirtieth yeere [1589] of our most gratious Soueraigne Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as followeth. S.T.C. 9488.5; Beale S304. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by the Deputies of Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1589.
Description:
The parliament enacting the 'Erection of Cottages Act' [c.7], requiring that any cottage built must have at least four acres of freehold or the equivalent, seeking to prevent overnight squatter construction, legislation not to be repealed until 1775
Condition:
Modern blind tooled 3/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and staining, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79447
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, poor law, criminal law
Author:
Title:
Anno XXXI Reginae Elizabethae. At a Session of Parliament holden at Westminster. . . in the one and thirtieth yeere [1589] of our most gratious Soueraigne Lady Elizabeth . . . were enacted as followeth. S.T.C. 9488.5; Beale S304. Folio
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . by the Deputies of Christopher Barker [etc.], London, 1589.
Description:
The parliament enacting the 'Erection of Cottages Act' [c.7], requiring that any cottage built must have at least four acres of freehold or the equivalent, seeking to prevent overnight squatter construction, legislation not to be repealed until 1775
Condition:
Modern blind tooled 3/4 calf over marbled boards, light browning and staining, else quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79447
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
Acts, poor law, criminal law
Author:
Hargrave, Francis
Title:
Collectanea Juridica. Consisting of Tracts Relative to the Law and Constitution of England. Two Volumes [complete] [with the "A Register of Law Publications" of 32 and 26 pages in the first and second volumes, respectively, not found in all sets]
Publisher:
Printed for E. and R. Brooke, Bell-Yard, Temple-Bar, London, 1791-92.
Description:
One of two works which Holdsworth termed Hargrave's "principal service to legal history", a rich and diverse selection of forty previously unpublished tracts from his extraordinary collection ultimately purchased and deposited in the British Library
Condition:
Contemporary calf, much rubbed, joints just cracking but quite firm, labels lacking, else very clean and bright; the Taussig set
Book No.:
W-79486
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
English constitutional law, Star Chamber, Bibliography
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:
Title:
Minutes of the Proceedings before the Lords Committees for Privileges, On the Claim to the Title of Earl of Anglesey
Publisher:
N.p., Dublin, 1771.
Description:
A rare work recording the final decision upon the English estates part of "the most dramatic case ever arising under British law", memorialized in part in Smollett's "Peregrine Pickle" and featuring multiple bigamous marriages, forgery and perjury
Condition:
Original stabbed marbled wraps, lightly worn, a very good crisp copy, 64 pages, with the date of 1771 changed manually to 1772; five copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76948
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, law of heraldry, Law and Literature, criminal law, marriage
Author:
Title:
Minutes of the Proceedings before the Lords Committees for Privileges, On the Claim to the Title of Earl of Anglesey
Publisher:
N.p., Dublin, 1771.
Description:
A rare work recording the final decision upon the English estates part of "the most dramatic case ever arising under British law", memorialized in part in Smollett's "Peregrine Pickle" and featuring multiple bigamous marriages, forgery and perjury
Condition:
Original stabbed marbled wraps, lightly worn, a very good crisp copy, 64 pages, with the date of 1771 changed manually to 1772; five copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76948
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, law of heraldry, Law and Literature, criminal law, marriage
Author:
Title:
Minutes of the Proceedings before the Lords Committees for Privileges, On the Claim to the Title of Earl of Anglesey
Publisher:
N.p., Dublin, 1771.
Description:
A rare work recording the final decision upon the English estates part of "the most dramatic case ever arising under British law", memorialized in part in Smollett's "Peregrine Pickle" and featuring multiple bigamous marriages, forgery and perjury
Condition:
Original stabbed marbled wraps, lightly worn, a very good crisp copy, 64 pages, with the date of 1771 changed manually to 1772; five copies in ESTC
Book No.:
W-76948
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
trials, law of heraldry, Law and Literature, criminal law, marriage
 
Author:
Parker
Title:
International Law
Publisher:
Description:
Condition:
Book No.:
W-17316
Price:
$ 50.00
Category:
international law
 
Author:
Title:
Is Life Worth Living? A Debate, Frederick Starr -- Clarence Darrow
Publisher:
Haldeman-Julius Publications, Girard.
Description:
Little Blue Book No. 910
Condition:
Yellow wraps, faded but quite sound; later issue (ca. 1930s)
Book No.:
W-70062
Price:
$ 35.00
Category:
philosophy of law
Author:
Title:
Debates in the Congress of the United States on the Bill for Repealing the Law "For the More Convenient Organization of the Courts of the United States;" During the First Session of the Seventh Congress [etc.]. Cohen 1203
Publisher:
Printed by Whiting, Leavenworth and Whiting, Albany, 1802.
Description:
The record of "[t]he profound constitutional questions embedded" in the debates resulting in the repeal of the Judiciary Act of 1801, restoring that of 1789, ultimately leading to Marbury v Madison and the role of judicial review in this country
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite worn, rebacked, considerable foxing and browning, yet a usable copy
Book No.:
W-77407
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
constitutional law, Supreme Court
Author:
Title:
The Trials Of all the Prisoners Who Were Try'd at the Assizes held at Maidstone, for the County of Kent . . . before the Hon. Sir Thomas Denison, Knt. one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench [etc.]. Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed for G. Griffith . . . in the Little Old Bailey, London, 1750.
Description:
A rare example of criminal trials at assizes "in the country", twenty-five in total, for, among other crimes, robbery, arson, rape (two; one of a ten-year old), and stealing a mare, with jury verdicts from acquittal to death; two copies in ESTC
Condition:
Later plain wraps, printed decorated paper label, hand-lettered, showing wear and a very little worming, else a good wide-margined copy; 12 pages
Book No.:
W-76399
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Rape, trials
Author:
Sheppard [Shepard], William
Title:
A Sure Guide for His Justices of Peace: Plainly Shewing Their Duty, and the Duties of the several Officers of the Counties . . . Sheriffs, County-Treasurers, Bridewell-Masters, Constables, Overseers of the Poor [etc.]. Wing S3211
Publisher:
Printed for John Streater, for Henry Twyford [etc.], London, 1663.
Description:
First edition of Sheppard's rigorous and much-needed critique of the Restoration settlement re-establishing the Church of England, an "excellent book [and] a forceful denunciation of the political abuses and technical shortcomings of [the] law"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite worn, front joint cracking but sound, spine darkened and frayed, yet clean and usable, with the frontispiece; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79278
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
justices of peace, sheriffs, poor law
Author:
Title:
Defensio Legis: Or, The Whole State of England Inquisited and Defended for General Satisfaction. By a Person of Honour. Wing D822A. Not in EEBO
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:
Title:
The Ship-Owner's Manual . . . Containing a General System of the Maritime Laws . . . with New adjudged Cases . . . Also, The Navigation Act, Register Act, Manifest Act, Ship-owner's Act, Whale Fisher Act, Smuggling Acts [etc.]. Sixth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by D. Akenhead, on the Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1790.
Description:
A rare, provincially printed work (not to be confused with the London printed "Shipmaster's Assistant"), treating of demurrage, insurance, and salvage; with a second part seemingly not in the only earlier edition in ESTC, located in one copy only
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, definite browning, one leaf lacking in the second part, else sound, one copy in ESTC, 215+104 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78516
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
maritime law, international law, criminal law
Author:
Title:
The Ship-Owner's Manual . . . Containing a General System of the Maritime Laws . . . with New adjudged Cases . . . Also, The Navigation Act, Register Act, Manifest Act, Ship-owner's Act, Whale Fisher Act, Smuggling Acts [etc.]. Sixth Edition
Publisher:
Printed by D. Akenhead, on the Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1790.
Description:
A rare, provincially printed work (not to be confused with the London printed "Shipmaster's Assistant"), treating of demurrage, insurance, and salvage; with a second part seemingly not in the only earlier edition in ESTC, located in one copy only
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, definite browning, one leaf lacking in the second part, else sound, one copy in ESTC, 215+104 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78516
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
maritime law, international law, criminal law

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