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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:
Fortescue, John
Title:
A Learned commendation of the politique lawes of Englande: wherein by most pitthy reasons & euident demonstrations they are plainelye proved farre to excell aswell the Ciuile lawes [and] all other lawes of the world [etc.]. Beale T357; S.T.C. 11194
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Rychard Tottill [etc.], London, 1567.
Description:
First edition of the first English translation of a work placed "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:
Modern blind ruled sheep, gilt lettered, the title somewhat dusty with early notations, else quite clean and fresh; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79383
Price:
$ 3750.00
Category:
Inns of Court, political theory, juries
Author:
Fortescue, John
Title:
A Learned commendation of the politique lawes of England: wherein by most pitthy reasons and evident demonstrations they are plainelye proved farre to excell aswell the Civile Lawes of the Empiere [etc.]. Beale T358; S.T.C. 11195
Publisher:
Imprinted . . . in Fletestrete . . . by Richarde Tottell [etc.], London, 1573.
Description:
First reissue of the first English translation of a work placed "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:
Contemporary blind panelled unlettered calf, rebacked, the original spine laid down, remains of ties, well-preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78459
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
Inns of Court, political theory, juries
 
Author:
Title:
The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is set forth, His Office and Authority . . . Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and Their Deputies . . . Together with the Learning of Bail Bonds . . . To which is added, The Office and Duty of Coroners. Wing C5653
Publisher:
Printed by the Assigns of R. and E. Atkyns [etc.], London, 1696.
Description:
First edition of one of the few early works on the sheriff (and the coroner), praised by Holdsworth as "cover[ing] a great deal of ground", with separate chapters on the jury and on habeas corpus, and with a lengthy treatment of the law of escapes
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered calf, rubbed and a bit chipped, else quite clean, with the advertising leaf preceding the title; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79358
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners, habeas corpus, juries
Author:
Title:
The Triumphs of Justice over Unjust Judges: Exhibiting . . . III. The Crimes of Empson and Dudley . . . IV. The Proceedings of the Ship money Judges . . . To which is added VI. The Judges Oath, and some Observations thereupon [etc.]. Wing T2297. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for Benjamin Harris, at the Stationers Arms [etc.], London, 1681.
Description:
First edition of a populist tract of the first rank, recounting with approval the executions of oppressive judges and praising upright judges and juries (including Sir Matthew Hale and the jury acquitting Penn and Mead) and habeas corpus
Condition:
?Original self wraps, disbound, quite browned, 36 pages, now preserved in a modern buckram folding case, its label gilt lettered; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79631
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
trials, legal reform, juries, habeas corpus
Author:
Title:
Complete Juryman: Or, a Compendium of the Laws relating to Jurors: viz. Of Grand Juries, Of Petit Juries . . . the Constable's Duty in preparing Lists of Persons qualified to serve . . . Various Methods of Trial . . . Evidence, Witnesses, Verdicts [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed by John Murphy in Skinner Row, Dublin, 1774.
Description:
The rare, first Dublin edition of an early work on the English jury, well-written and thoroughly documented, its anonymous author clearly persuaded of the jury's great value to English justice, yet discussing it objectively; three copies in ESTC
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, somewhat marked, the title with a small hole just affecting the imprint, else quite and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79968
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
juries
Author:
Christian, Edward
Title:
A Vindication of the Criminal Law, and the Administration of Public Justice in England, from the Imputation of Cruelty: In a Charge Delivered to the Grand Jury at the Assizes Held at Ely
Publisher:
Printed by Richard Watts . . . For Clarke and Sons [etc.], London, 1819.
Description:
Christian's charge given as Chief Justice of Ely as the movement to abolish the death penalty gained force, contending that as a practical matter juries and judges, and alternate punishments, greatly mitigated the imposition of capital punishment
Condition:
Modern marbled wraps, the title and verso of the last leaf dusty and marked, a bit strained, a usable copy; 77 pages
Book No.:
W-76672
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
criminal law, capital punishment, juries, Grand Jury Charges
Author:
Title:
The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is set forth, His Office and Authority . . . Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and Their Deputies . . . Together with the Learning of Bail Bonds . . . To which is added, The Office and Duty of Coroners [etc.]. The Second Edition
Publisher:
Printed by John Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer [etc.], London, 1710.
Description:
Second edition of one of the few early works on the sheriff (and the coroner), praised by Holdsworth as "cover[ing] a great deal of ground", with separate chapters on the jury, on habeas corpus, and on escapes; uncommon, six copies in ESTC
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, a bit of minor staining, else clean and well preserved, with the advertising leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79515
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
sheriffs, coroners, juries, habeas corpus, criminal law
Author:
Fortescue, John
Title:
De Laudibus Legum Angliae . . . Hereto are Added the two Sums of Sir Ralph de Hengham . . . commonly call'd Hengham Magna, & Hengham Parva. With Notes both on Fortescue and Hengham, by that Famous and Learned Antiquarie John Selden. Wing F1613
Publisher:
Printed by John Streater, Eliz. Flesher and H. Twyford [etc.], London, 1672.
Description:
A work which has been placed "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in the late 15th century, this edition bearing Selden's notes; with the Latin text and English translation and much on the Inns of Court and on trial by jury
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the boards gilt ruled, neatly rebacked, crimson morocco label gilt ruled and lettered, quite clean and fresh; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79976
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
jurisprudence, 15TH CENTURY, Inns of Court, juries
Author:
Fortescue, John
Title:
A Learned Commendation of the politique Lawes of England: wherein, by most pithie reasons and euident demonstrations, they are plainely proued farre to excell . . . the Ciuil Lawes of the Empire [and] all other Lawes of the World [etc.]. S.T.C. 11196
Publisher:
Printed by Thomas Wight, and Bonham Norton, London, 1599.
Description:
Second reissue of the first English translation of a work placed "among the classics of English constitutional theory", written in the late 15th century, highly popular, and the first work to examine extensively trial by jury and the Inns of Court
Condition:
Contemporary sheep, rubbed, with the signature of Edmund Prideaux [?Cromwell's Attorney General], a very good copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79146
Price:
$ 2500.00
Category:
Inns of Court, political theory, juries
Author:
Babington, Zachary
Title:
Advice to Grand Jurors in Cases of Blood . . . Asserting . . . that the Grand Jury ought to find it Murther, where their Evidence is that the Party intended to be Indicted had his Hands in Blood, and did kill the other Person [etc.]. Wing B248
Publisher:
Printed for John Amery at the Peacock [etc.], London, 1677.
Description:
First edition of Babington's only work, contending that grand juries must return "true bills" in all murder cases, mitigating circumstances to be left to the petit jury, "especially (in Holdsworth's words) in cases of homicide arising out of duels"
Condition:
Contemporary unlettered blind ruled sheep, somewhat rubbed, else especially clean and crisp, with the imprimatur leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79397
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
criminal law, Grand Jury Charges, juries, Law of Duels
Author:
Title:
Anno Tertio Henrici VIII . . . at his parlyamente holden at westminster . . . hath, doo, to be ordeined, made, and enacted, certaine statutes and ordynaunces in manner and fourme folowinge. S.T.C. 9362.2 [this copy the Hetherington copy, there recorded]
Publisher:
Printed by T. Marshe?, London, 1575?.
Description:
The final sixteenth century printing of the acts of this parliament [only, without the acts through year 7], including the act against mummers disguising their appearance [c.9] and that seeking to limit sheriff abuses directed toward juries [c.12]
Condition:
Modern 3/4 morocco over cloth boards, the inner margins strengthened and repaired, very light browning, else sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79315
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Acts, Religion, sheriffs, juries, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Complete Juryman: Or, a Compendium of the Laws relating to Jurors, viz. Of Grand Juries. Of Petit Juries. Who are qualified to serve on Juries. Who are exempted from serving on Juries. Of returning Juries [and eight other subjects]
Publisher:
Printed by Henry Lintot . . . for A. Millar [etc.], London, 1752.
Description:
First edition of an early work on the English jury, well-written and thoroughly documented, its anonymous author clearly persuaded of the jury's great value to English justice and yet able to discuss it objectively and comprehensively
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the spine gilt lettered, quite fresh and clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80093
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
juries
Author:
Dagge, Henry
Title:
Considerations on Criminal Law [with] a contemporary review of the work extracted from the May, 1772, issue of The Monthly Review
Publisher:
Printed for T. Cadell, in the Strand, London, 1772.
Description:
Dagge's pioneering application of natural law to criminal law, examining the writings of Grotius, Hobbes, Pufendorf, and Montesquieu, expanding the latter's tripartite division (executive, legislative, and judicial) to a fourth -- the jury
Condition:
Contemporary calf, with the bookplate of Michael Kearney, Fellow Trinity College Dublin, especially clean and well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80302
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
criminal law, philosophy of law, natural law, juries
Author:
Womock [Womack], Laurence
Title:
Billa Vera: Or, the Arraignment of Ignoramus. Put forth out of Charity, for the use of Grand Inquests and Other Jury's; The Sworn Assertors of Truth and Justice. In a Letter to a Friend. Wing W3340. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed for Robert Clavel at the Peacock in St. Paul's Churchyard, London, 1682.
Description:
Only edition of Womock's critical response to Edward Whitaker's 'The Ignoramus Justices', Womack "asserting the need for strict conformity and loyalty to the Anglican establishment", no concessions to be extended to Dissenters nor to Roman Catholics
Condition:
?Original self stabbed wraps, disbound, some browning, an occasional notation, else sound with ample margins, 34 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80336
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Religion, juries

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