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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:
Swinburne, Henry
Title:
A Treatise of Testaments and Last Wills, Fit to be understood by all men . . . Compiled out of the Laws Ecclesiasticall, Civill and Canon, as also out of the Common Laws, Customes and Statutes of this Realme. The Fourth Edition [etc.]. Wing S6261
Publisher:
Printed by George Sawbridge [and two others], London, 1677.
Description:
The first work on the English law of wills, and more broadly the first work written by an Englishman on English canon law, praised by J.H. Baker as "a model of clarity and scientific technique" and by David Yale as "a full and accomplished treatise"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, with the bookplates of Sir John Swinburne [a descendant?] and Thomas Walker of Doctors Commons; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79858
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Wills
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:
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:
Lovelass, Peter
Title:
The Law's Disposal of a Person's Estate Who Dies Without Will or Testament . . . To Which Is Added The Disposal of a Person's Estate, By Will and Testament; Containing An Explanation of the Mortmain-Act [etc.]. The Seventh Edition, with large Additions
Publisher:
Printed for the Author, and sold by Whieldon [and others] [etc.], London, 1792.
Description:
An early edition of a work becoming the most popular of its kind for over a half-century, very accessible--"a good straightforward account"--expanded from its initial purpose (treating only of intestacy) to those with the foresight to draw wills
Condition:
Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, the joints just cracking, but quite firm, a very good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76219
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Swinburne, Henry
Title:
A Treatise of Testaments and Last Wills, Compiled out of the Laws Ecclesiastical, Civil and Canon, as also out of the Common Law, Customs and Statutes of this Realm. The Whole digested into Seven Parts [etc.]. Sixth Edition. Folio
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . and sold by S. Birt, London, 1742.
Description:
The first work on the English law of wills, and more broadly the first work written by an Englishman on English canon law, praised by J.H. Baker as "a model of clarity and scientific technique" and by David Yale as "a full and accomplished treatise"
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, Cornwell House circular stamps on the front endpapers, else a very good, tall, clean copy
Book No.:
W-77904
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Title:
Anno XXXII. Henrici Octavi [1540] . . . the actes folowing by his highnesse, with thassent of the lordes spiritual and temporal, and the comons assembled in the sayd parliament, haue bene established, ordeyned and enacted. STC 9402 [including this copy]
Publisher:
T. Powell?, London.
Description:
The legislation of the Parliament which included the Statute of Wills, "one of the most significant pieces of all English law", comprehensively restoring the power to devise real property and mitigating the effects of the Statute of Uses of 1536
Condition:
19th century cloth, light browning, else quite well preserved, with the bookplate of Edwin Freshfield on the front pastedown; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79317
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
Acts, Ecclesiastical Law, witchcraft, Wills
Author:
Fearne, Charles
Title:
An Essay on the Learning of Contingent Remainders and Executory Devises [with] Copies of Opinions Ascribed to Eminent Council [etc.]. The Fifth Edition, with Notes and Comments, By John Joseph Powell, Esq; Barrister at Law [etc.]. Two Volumes [Complete]
Publisher:
[1] H. Watt [2] John Exshaw and John Rice, Dublin, 1794-1796.
Description:
The rare, final Irish edition of a truly modern legal treatise, a "classic [written by] one of the great real property lawyers of [the 18th] century", in Holdsworth's words; one copy of volume one in the British Isles in ESTC, none of volume two
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, quite rubbed and scraped, but sound, light browning and foxing; Thomas Settle's copy with his ownership signatures and bookstickers
Book No.:
W-79026
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Probating, Wills
Author:
Title:
Three Learned Readings Made upon three very usefull Statutes: The First, By . . . Sir James Dyer [of Wills] . . . The Second, By Sir Iohn Brograve [Concerning Jointures] . . . The Third, By Thomas Risden [of Forcible Entry] [etc.]. Wing D2929
Publisher:
Printed for W. Lee, M. Walbancke, D. Pakeman, and G. Bedell, London, 1648.
Description:
Only edition of each reading (all 16th century) and the only instance in which several Inns of Court readings were jointly published, the first (by James Dyer) recently termed by Dr. Baker "the distinguished exposition of the Statute of Wills"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, definite browning and foxing, particularly to the title, some leaves chipped (legibility preserved), just usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79364
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
Inns of Court, Readings, Wills
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:
Swinburne, Henry
Title:
A Briefe Treatise of Testaments and Last Willes . . . Compiled of such lawes Ecclesiasticall and Ciuill, as be not repugnant to the lawes, customes, or statutes of this Realme, nor derogatorie to the Prerogative Royall [etc.]. S.T.C. 23547; Beale T498
Publisher:
Printed by John Windet, London, 1591.
Description:
First edition of the first work on the English law of wills, and the first work by an Englishman on English canon law, praised by J.H. Baker as "a model of clarity and scientific technique" and by David Yale as "a full and accomplished treatise"
Condition:
Modern dark brown calf, gilt-lettered, occasional light browning, else quite crisp and well preserved, without the errata leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-77590
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Wills, Ecclesiastical Law, canon law
Author:
Gardiner, Robert
Title:
Enhiridion [sic] Clericale: Or, A Manual of proper and useful Precedents in Clerkship, Relating to Contracts and Agreements, Obligations, Recognizances and Statutes . . . With Directions to sue out Fines, Recoveries, and to the Outlawry [etc.]. 2d Ed
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignee of Edw. Sayer . . . for John Walthoe [&c], London, 1712.
Description:
The rare final edition of Gardiner's omnium gatherum, conceivably designed to summarize in one volume ("multum in parvo") his massive 'Intructor Clericalis', treating of dozens of subjects and providing precedents for use in all the royal courts
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the spine a bit marked and its bottom just chipped, light browning, else well preserved with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80164
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Forms & Form Books, contracts, landlord and tenant, legal dictionaries, Wills, Ecclesiastical Law
Author:
Godolphin, John
Title:
The Orphans Legacy: or A Testamentary Abridgment . . . I. Of Last-Wills and Testaments. II. Of Executors and Administrators. III. Of Legacies and Devises . . . according to the . . . Ecclesiastical and Civil Laws of the Realm [etc.]. 2d Edition. Wing G947
Publisher:
Printed for Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-Boy . . . in Fleetstreet, London, 1677.
Description:
The second, expanded edition of one of the two pre-eminent, early works on the English law of wills and on ecclesiastical law, paired by Holdsworth with Swinburne's treatise as "the two most famous books contributed by civilians" on the subjects
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, somewhat rubbed and some lightish browning, else clean and usable with occasional annotations; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80184
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Ap-Robert, John
Title:
The Younger Brother His Apologie, or a Fathers Free Power disputed, for the disposition of his Lands . . . to his Sonne . . . as right Reason, the Lawes of God and Nature, the Civill, Canon, and Municipall Laws of this Kingdome doe command. S.T.C. 717
Publisher:
Printed by Iohn Lichfield for Edward Forrest, Oxford, 1635.
Description:
An uncommon reissue of a work appearing through most of the 17th century, contending that the law of primogeniture may (and should) be departed from where family circumstances so dictate or a father so wishes; one copy in North America in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, the title somewhat browned, else well preserved with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80277
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
JAPAN, Real Property, Wills, Family Law
Author:
Roper, R.S. Donnison
Title:
A Treatise upon the Law of Legacies
Publisher:
Printed by John Exshaw, 98, Grafton-Street, Dublin, 1800.
Description:
The rare, only Dublin edition of the first work of Roper (a Gray's Inn barrister), "commended by Lord Eldon, Story, and Kent", and seemingly the first treatise devoted exclusively to legacies at English law; no copy in ESTC or COPAC
Condition:
Contemporary calf, very light browning and foxing, else quite well preserved and with the half title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80265
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Wentworth, Thomas
Title:
The Office and Duty of Executors: Or, A Treatise directing Testators to Form, and Executors to Perform their Wills and Testaments according to Law . . . And now enlarged with a Supplement . . . by H. Curson of the Inner Temple
Publisher:
Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling for [six others], London, 1720.
Description:
An early seventeenth century 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
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed, else well preserved with ample margins and the final advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80268
Price:
$ 400.00
Category:
Wills
Author:
Tomlins, T.E.
Title:
A Familiar Explanation of The Law of Wills and Codicils; the Law of Executors and Administrators; and the Law of Descent and Distrigution in Case no Will is Made . . . Intended for the Use of Persons Desirous of Making Their Own Wills [etc.]. 5th Edition
Publisher:
Printed for R. Baldwin, in Pater-Noster-Row [etc.], London, 1796.
Description:
The rare (and expanded), final 18th century edition of Tomlins' principal treatise, "a clear account of the subject for the layman", exceptionally lucid and comprehensible without condescension; three copies in ESTC, none in the United Kingdom
Condition:
Original paper backed gray boards, quite worn, else very clean and an especially good example of an entirely unsophisticated binding; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80289
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
Wills, Every Man Law Books

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