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Author:
Gilbert, Geoffrey
Title:
The History and Practice of the High Court of Chancery. In which is introduced, An Account of the Institution and various Regulations of the said Court; Shewing likewise, The ancient and present Practice thereof in an easy and familiar Method [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for J. Worrall [etc.], London, 1758.
Description:
First London edition of the work which Holdsworth singled out (along with John Mitford's) as "distinctly superior [and of] a greater importance in the eighteenth-century literature of equity", with much on equity's substance and on proposed reforms
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite clean and with ample margins and the advertising leaf preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78799
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Egerton, Thomas, Lord Ellesmere
Title:
The Priviledges and Prerogatives of the High Court of Chancery. Written by the Right Honovrable Thomas Lord Elsmere, late Lord Chancellour of England. Wing E540. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for Henry Sheapheard, London, 1641.
Description:
Sole edition of Ellesmere's influential work composed in the summer of 1615, "full of learning and reason", achieving the supremacy of Chancery and its decrees and a major part of the effort leading to Coke's dismissal as Lord Chief Justice in 1616
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, green morocco label, gilt, some light browning and foxing, else quite crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79902
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
equity, Magna Carta
Author:
Title:
Facts and Suggestions Respecting the Masters' Offices [in the Court of Chancery]
Publisher:
V. & R. Stevens and G.S. Norton . . . Lincoln's Inn, London, 1841.
Description:
A rare tract written during the decades-long debate over the reform of the court of chancery, including (as here) the role to be played by the court's masters, whose offices were ultimately abolished in 1852; two copies in OCLC in North America
Condition:
Original light-green printed wraps, disbound, the rear wrap lacking, else clean, 46 pages; presentation copy to Hastings Russell
Book No.:
W-77041
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
Author:
Brown, William
Title:
The Clerks 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 [to] that Court [etc.]. Third Edition
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of Rich. and Ed. Atkins [etc.], London, 1705.
Description:
The final (and only eighteenth century) 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
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over cloth boards, black morocco label gilt, some browning, else quite sound with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79526
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
equity, Forms & Form Books
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:
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:
Philipot, John
Title:
The Catalogue of the Chancellors of England, The Lord Keepers of the Great Seale; and the Lord Treasurers of England. With a Collection of divers that have been Masters of the Rolles. S.T.C. 19846. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed at London by Tho. Cotes [etc.], London, 1636.
Description:
Only edition of the first effort exclusively devoted to recording England's Lord Chancellors and related officials, anticipating Dugdale and Cooke, and beginning with the Lord Chancellor serving under King Ethelbald in the early eighth century
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over paper boards, the title a bit spotted, else very clean, with the coat of arms on A4v but not that on N1r; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79943
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Bench and Bar, equity
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:
Gray, John
Title:
The Country-Solicitor's Practice in the High Court of Chancery . . . the Crown Office of the Court of King's Bench . . .also the Practice on Issuing a Country Fiat in Bankruptcy . . . and the Practice as to the Acknowledgment of Deeds by Married Women [etc.]
Publisher:
Edward Lumley, 56, Chancery Lane, London, 1837.
Description:
The rare first edition of Gray's trenchant work which, with his "Country-Attorney's Practice", went through several editions, Gray of fame also as the treasury solicitor whose office prosecuted the Tichborne claimant; no copy in OCLC, two in COPAC
Condition:
Contemporary 3/4 calf over marbled boards, quite rubbed, signature excised from title (no text affected), an occasional notation, else a good clean copy
Book No.:
W-76750
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity, bankruptcy, women's law, Bill of Rights, criminal law
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:
Reeve, Tapping
Title:
The Law of Baron and Femme; of Parent and Child; of Guardian and Ward; of Master and Servant; and of the Powers of Courts of Chancery. With an Essay on the terms, Heir, Heirs, and Heirs of the Body
Publisher:
Printed by Oliver Steele, New-Haven, 1816.
Description:
First edition of the first American work devoted to the law of women, written by Tapping Reeve, founder of the first American law school, at Litchfield
Condition:
Contemporary calf, very worn, some browning; a just usable copy
Book No.:
W-73489
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
women's law, marriage, infants, master, Connecticut, equity, Probating
Author:
Langdale, Henry Bickersteth, Baron
Title:
Substance of a Speech Delivered by the Rt. Hon. Henry Lord Langdale, Master of the Rolls . . . on the Motion Made by the Lord Chancellor for the Second Reading of the Bill for the Better Administration of Justice in the High Court of Chancery
Publisher:
T. and W. Boone, 29, New Bond Street, London, 1836.
Description:
The prophetic speech of Langdale, a prime example of his instrumental, lifelong efforts to reform Chancery, proposing that the judicial and political responsibilities of the Lord Chancellor be separated, a goal achieved only within the past decade
Condition:
Modern light-blue wraps, the title and last leaf somewhat stained, ex-library, else a good copy; 62 pages
Book No.:
W-76986
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
equity, legal reform
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:
Bacon, Francis
Title:
Ordinances Made By The Right Honourable Sir Francis Bacon Knight, Lord Verulam, and Vicount of Saint Albans, being then Lord Chancellor. For the better and more regular Administration of Justice in the Chancery [etc.]. Wing B316; Gibson 212
Publisher:
Printed for Mathew Walbanke, and Lawrence Chapman, London, 1642.
Description:
Bacon's signal contribution to Chancery, largely "fixing the practice of the court till the reforms of the last century" (in Holdsworth's words), 100+ in number, procedural and substantive, the principal evidence of Bacon's years as Lord Chancellor
Condition:
Original vellum, darkened, definite browning and some marginal staining, small repair to the title's margin, contents disbound, in a protective sleeve
Book No.:
W-79374
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
equity, codification, courts
Author:
Title:
The Exact Abridgement of that Excellent Treatise called Doctor and Student. S.T.C. 21583 ['sold by' variant]
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignes of John More [etc.], London], 1630.
Description:
The only abridgment of Christopher St. Germain's famed treatise, a particularly able effort distilling the equitable principles debated in dialogue between the doctor of divinity and the student of English law in St. Germain's original creation
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf, a little dusty, else a good copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-46735
Price:
$ 400.00
Category:
equity, 16TH CENTURY
Author:
Griffith, William
Title:
Institutes of the Jurisdiction and of the Equity Jurisprudence and Pleadings of the High Court of Chancery . . . and with a Concise View of the Equity Jurisdiction of the County Courts
Publisher:
H. Sweet, 3, Chancery Lane, Fleet Street [etc.], London, 1868.
Description:
Only edition of a work written by a Gray's Inn barrister, expressly patterned on Justinian, with a chapter on maxims, several on trusts, on married women ("connubium"), contracts ("commercium"), infants and lunatics ("civitas"), and fraud
Condition:
Modern blue buckram, gilt, some browning, else well-preserved; a presentation copy ("Owens College / from / The Author")
Book No.:
W-76756
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity, maxims, fraud, infants, insanity, trusts and estates, marriage
Author:
Burroughs, Samuel
Title:
The Legal Judicature in Chancery Stated. With Remarks on a late Book, intitled, A Discourse of the Judicial Authority belonging to the Master of the Rolls in the High Court of Chancery [the Taussig copy]
Publisher:
Printed for J. Walthoe, over-against the Royal Exchange [etc.], London, 1727.
Description:
Part of the debate resulting in the Master of the Rolls' statutory independence, significantly affecting the distribution of authority within the Chancery, and written in opposition to Lord Hardwicke's tract appearing while he was Attorney General
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, seemingly a large paper copy, very clean and crisp, without the errata (corrections by hand) nor the advertising leaves
Book No.:
W-79479
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Faldo, Thomas
Title:
Reformation of Proceedings at Law. By way of Petition, Dedicated to the Honourable Committee of Parliament, for Reformation of Courts of Justice, and Proceedings at Law. Wing F208. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by Hen: Hils, living . . . in Southwarke, London, 1649.
Description:
Only edition of the sole work of Faldo of Grays Inn, imbued with "[a] Selden-like scepticism about equity" and contending that Chancery was so arbitrary and even corrupt that its reform was difficult and reliance on the common law was much preferable
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt lettered, light browning, the top margin cut a bit close, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80086
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
legal reform, equity
Author:
Saint Germain, Christopher
Title:
The Dialogue in English, betweene a Doctor of Divinitie, and a Student in the Lawes of England. Newly corrected and Imprinted with new Additions. S.T.C. 21582.5
Publisher:
Printed by the Assignes of John More, Esquire, London, 1638.
Description:
An early 17th century edition of the first classic of English equity and the first work on legal philosophy and natural law written in England, "a brilliant, comprehensive and intellectually satisfying attempt to construct a systematic theory of law"
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, later label, the spine quite rubbed with three small holes, a fourth small hole in one leaf, ex Gloddaeth Library; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80120
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
equity, 16TH CENTURY, philosophy of law, natural law
Author:
Imber, Matthew
Title:
The Case . . . of the Customs of the Mannor of Merdon . . . which are to be Observed and Performed by the Lord and the Customary Tenants . . . Inrolled in the Honourable Court of Chancery [including] some remarkable Passages, Suits at Law and in Equity [&c.]
Publisher:
No Publisher Stated, London, 1707.
Description:
Sole edition recording the results of the litigation between Cromwell's grandson (also Oliver) and his tenants over the scope of the latter's customary, historic rights in the only estate not seized from Cromwell's son, Richard, at the Restoration
Condition:
Contemporary speckled sheep, neatly rebacked, definite browning, lacking an initial (?blank) leaf if called for, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80235
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
copyright, Real Property, trials, equity
Author:
Hatton, Christopher
Title:
A Treatise Concerning Statutes, or Acts of Parliament: And the Exposition thereof. Wing H1142
Publisher:
Printed for Richard Tonson, at his Shop under Grays-Inn Gate, London, 1677.
Description:
Only edition of the sole legal work written by one of Elizabeth's Lord Chancellors, praised by Holdsworth as "exceptional [with] a clear idea of the place of equity in the legal system", three of his eight chapters in fact devoted to that subject
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rebacked, rubbed and a bit strained, some browning and foxing, else quite sound; with the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80273
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Acts, Parliament, equity
Author:
Brown, William
Title:
Praxis Almae Curiae Cancellariae: A Collection of Precedents . . . In Causes of the greatest Moment . . . Commenced in the High Court of Chancery . . . with a Preliminary Discourse . . . containing the Practice of the said Court [etc.]. Wing B5096
Publisher:
Printed for A. Roper and E. Wilkinson . . . in Fleetstreet, London, 1694.
Description:
First edition of one of Brown's many works, all practical, and his principal treatise on Chancery, approved by Holdsworth as a work which "gives a good deal of information", examining in detail Chancery's rules, writs, bills, and decrees
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, rubbed, front joint cracked but holding, some browning, contemporary signature dated 1717, usable; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79512
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
equity
Author:
Saint German, Christopher
Title:
The Secunde dyalogue i[n] englysshe with new addycyons. Here after folowyth the secunde dyalogue in Englyssh bytwene a doctour of dyuynytye and a student in the laws of Englande . . . with new addicions. Beale T469; S.T.C. 21566
Publisher:
Impryntyd . . . in Southwarke by Peter Treueris, London, 1531.
Description:
The first issuance of the second version in English of the second dialogue of Saint German's famed treatise on English equity (adding the additions not present in the first version) serving as the principal basis for the modern scholarly translation
Condition:
Modern morocco, gilt edges and inner gilt dentelles, a Riviere binding, one blemish on R1, else well preserved and quite pretty; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78831
Price:
$ 10500.00
Category:
equity

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