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Author:
Phillpott, Nicolas
Title:
Reasons & Proposalls for a Registry or Rememberancer of All Deeds and Incumbrances of Real Estates, to be had in every County, most necessary and advantageious, as well for Sellers and Borrowers, as Purchasers and Lenders [etc.]. Wing P2121. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by W. Hall, for Ric. Davis, Oxford, 1671.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate, first bruited by Henry VIII, whether to require registration of title or of conveyances (or of neither), not finally resolved in England until the mid-19th century and, comprehensively, the 20th century
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, well preserved, with excellent margins (the lower margin untrimmed); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79794
Price:
$ 750.00
Category:
Real Property, legal reform
Author:
Title:
The Grand Concern of England Explained; in Several Proposals Offered to the Consideration of the Parliament. 1. For Payment of Publick Debts. 2. For Advancement and Encouragement of Trade. 3. For Raising the Rents of Lands [and XIII others]. Wing G1491
Publisher:
N.p., London, 1673.
Description:
A worthy series of proposed reforms, several legal, including courts to settle common disputes, transaction registers, and methods to prevent the "knavery of bankrupts", all providing illuminating, immediate detail of English social life and strife
Condition:
Early marbled wraps, somewhat faded and chipped, but quite sound and very crisp, without the first and last blanks; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78711
Price:
$ 1100.00
Category:
legal reform, Parliament, bankruptcy, Real Property
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
Title:
An Ordinance For Adjourning part of Easter Term. 1654. Whereas many abuses and corruptions are crept into the ordinary course and administration of Justice, both in Law and Equity . . . Saturday April 8, 1654 [etc.]. Wing C7127; Steele I, 3031
Publisher:
Printed by William du-Gard, and Henry Hills [etc.], London, 1654.
Description:
The ordinance launching Cromwell's effort to reform the courts, "one of the two innovative accomplishments of the protectorate", leading to the 1654 Chancery Ordinance (drafted by William Sheppard), reforms not fully realized until the 19th century
Condition:
Broadside measuring about 8x14 inches, left margin partly trimmed (no text affected), the imprint faint, light browning, sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79520
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
courts, legal reform, English Commonwealth, Broadside
Author:
Brome, Alexander
Title:
The Record of a Famous Action upon the Case. In Rythme. Wherein Priscilla Morecrave, Widow, was the Plaintiff, and Roger Pricklove was the Defendant. Being An Essay towards the Reformation of the Law [etc.]. Folio
Publisher:
Printed for J. Roberts at the Oxford Arms in Warwick-lane, London, 1727.
Description:
The rare reissue of Brome's satire humorously skewering in verse the Commonwealth's dictate that English be used in the law courts, here appearing some seventy years later, as again legal proceedings were proposed to be (and finally were) in English
Condition:
Modern boards, somewhat rubbed, else clean with ample margins and with the Fairfax of Cameron bookplate, six copies in ESTC, 12 pages; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78296
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
humor, Poetry, legal reform
Author:
Greene, J.G.J.
Title:
Land and Its Laws! A Few Observations upon the Evils Resulting from the Existing System of the Laws Relating to Real Property
Publisher:
James Ridgway, Piccadilly, London, 1850.
Description:
A rare reform tract written by an Inner Temple barrister in decidely strong language ("[t]he present abstruse and expensive system of conveyancing . . . as it came from the hands of priestcraft"), blaming the lawyers and advocating title registration
Condition:
Self-wraps, disbound, 10 pages, ?presentation copy: "Please take notice of the subject / vide your remarks in yesterday's paper"; no USA copy in OCLC
Book No.:
W-77017
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
legal reform, Real Property
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:
Williams, Joshua
Title:
Letters to John Bull, Esq., on Lawyers and Law Reform
Publisher:
Henry Sweet, 3, Chancery Lane, London, 1857.
Description:
The essence of the reform views of Williams, the classic writer on real property highly regarded by both Maitland and Holdsworth, with chapters devoted to attorneys, legal education, conveyancers, land transfer, and chancery, inter alia
Condition:
Original russet cloth, gilt-lettered, lightly worn and a bit strained, else a very good, even pretty copy
Book No.:
W-76743
Price:
$ 250.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Weskett, John
Title:
A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws, and Practice of Insurance; Compiled from the best Authorities in different Languages . . . With a Preliminary Discourse; Wherein are delineated the very great Disorders which prevail in Affairs of Insurance [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for Elizabeth Lynch . . . in the Four Courts, Dublin, 1783.
Description:
Only Irish edition of Weskett's comprehensive work, arranged as a digest and, in Holdsworth's words , providing "in an accessible form the information legal or otherwise which they [merchants] needed", all prompted by Weskett's view of needed reforms
Condition:
Contemporary calf, the spine gilt decorated, lightly rubbed, the joints just cracking but very firm, quite clean with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79488
Price:
$ 1250.00
Category:
insurance law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Reasons Humbly Offer'd For Altering and Amending the Laws concerning Bankrupts, and for preventing the great Losses that are Daily sustained by their Creditors [with seven other broadsides and similar works pertaining to bankruptcy reform in this era]
Publisher:
Various Publishers, London, 1718-19?.
Description:
A collection of rare ephemera and similar documents all pertaining to bankruptcy and its reform, offering the varied perspectives ultimately leading to the legislation (of 1732) whose provisions "were the foundation of the modern law of bankruptcy"
Condition:
Some browning, a few margins cut close or ragged, but generally in good condition, now preserved in a cloth folder; the Taussig copies
Book No.:
W-78226
Price:
$ 3500.00
Category:
bankruptcy, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Anno Regni Gulielmi III Regis Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae & Hiverniae, Septimo [and Octavo]. At the Parliament begun at Westminster the Two and twentieth Day of November, Anno Dom. 1695. In the Seventh Year of the Reign [etc.]. Not in Wing. Folio.
Publisher:
Printed by Charles Bill, and the Executrix of Thomas Newcomb [&c], London, 1696.
Description:
The Parliament enacting legislation resulting in "one of the great monetary events in history" and the adoption of the gold standard, crucially involving the views of John Locke, with its philosophical and financial consequences still debated
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, a variant not in ESTC, with certain of the first 14 title pages dated 1696 [compare ESTC R223064]; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79743
Price:
$ 950.00
Category:
Acts, economics, Bench and Bar, Coining, legal reform
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
A Proposal for Making an Effectual Provision for the Poor, for Amending their Morals, and for Rendering them useful Members of the Society. To which is added, A Plan of Buildings proposed with proper Elevations. Drawn by an Eminent Hand
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, in the Strand, London, 1753.
Description:
Fielding's comprehensive proposed reform of the Poor Laws, drawing on his years as a Bow Street magistrate and complementing his 'Enquiry' into the causes of crime, praised by Burn and Eden and presciently anticipating the reforms of the 19th century
Condition:
Later 3/4 calf, the spine extra gilt, rubbed, marbled endpapers and pastedowns, with the elaborate plan and its explanation; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78811
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
poor law, legal reform, Legal Architecture
Author:
Title:
Essays on the Spirit of Legislation . . . Containing Observations on the Political Systems at present pursued in various Countries of Europe, for the Advancement of those essential Interests [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for W. Nicoll . . . and G. Robinson [etc.], London, 1772.
Description:
First edition in English of the three essays honored by the Societe Oeconomique de Berne, the pioneering institution founded in 1759 and devoted to the ideals of the Enlightenment, "seeking reforms [both] in economy and society"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, the first blank and title a bit chipped (no text affected), some browning, else quite sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-74849
Price:
$ 575.00
Category:
agriculture, Commercial Law, Acts, legal reform, FRANCE
Author:
Howard, John
Title:
An Account of the Principal Lazarettos in Europe; With Various Papers Relative to the Plague: Together with Further Observations on Some Foreign Prisons and Hospitals; and Additional Remarks on the Present State of Those in Great Britain and Ireland. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by William Eyres; and Sold by T. Cadell [& three others], London, 1789.
Description:
First edition of one of Howard's two major works, "the first survey . . . which had ever appeared", supplemented by Howard's further observations on prisons, providing the empirical bases for the first modern reforms of both prisons and hospitals
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the original spine (worn) laid down, the front hinge cracked and the title a bit loose; a good copy with the plates
Book No.:
W-77811
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
prisons, criminal law, legal reform
Author:
Title:
Anno XXV Henrici Octaui. Actes made in the session of this present Parliament holden upon prorogation at Westminster [with] Anno XXVI [with] Anno XXVII [with] Anno XXVIII [1534-1536]. S.T.C. 9384.5, 9389.5, 9393.5, 9396.5; Beale S160, S167, S173, S179
Publisher:
T. Powell [and] T. Marsh, London, 1562-1575?.
Description:
The legislation central to the English Reformation under Henry VIII, including that confirming the final break with Rome and Henry as legally the Church of England's Supreme Head, dissolving the monasteries, and establishing the Act of Succession
Condition:
Modern panelled calf, lightly rubbed, else well preserved, the Goyder copy with his bookplate and dated ownership signature (1947); the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78956
Price:
$ 4750.00
Category:
Acts, Ecclesiastical Law, legal reform
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:
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:
Burn, Richard
Title:
The History of the Poor Laws: With Observations
Publisher:
Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan . . . for A. Millar, London, 1764.
Description:
Only edition of the principal early work on the poor laws, valuable for its history, its proposed reforms, and (in Holdsworth's words) its "exceptionally competent" vetting of earlier reform proposals, including those of Hale and Fielding
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, title a bit dusty, some browning and foxing, primarily to the beginning and end of the copy, else quite sound
Book No.:
W-70893
Price:
$ 375.00
Category:
poor law, legal reform
Author:
Philipps, Fabian
Title:
The Pretended Perspective Glass; Or some Reasons of Many more which might be Offered, Against the pretended Registring Reformation. Wing P2013 or P2013A [the variant with the page following B4 unsigned] [see ESTC R9264 Uncontrolled note for publication date]
Publisher:
Printed in the Year MDCLXIX ["IX" crossed out and "XI" in ink], London, 1671.
Description:
Part of the centuries' long debate on land registration in England, reaching an apogee in the 17th century, written by "the sturdy loyalist and student of records" (in Holdsworth's words), with comparisons to Dutch, Scots and Spanish practice
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, crimson morocco label, gilt, light browning, without the final blank, else well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79678
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Real Property, legal reform, Holland, space law, Comparative Law
Author:
Fielding, Henry
Title:
An Enquiry Into the Causes of the late Increase of Robbers, &c. With Some Proposals for Remedying this Growing Evil. In Which . . . the Laws that relate to the Provision for the Poor, and to the Punishment of Felons are largely and freely examined
Publisher:
Printed for A. Millar, opposite to Katharine-Street [etc.], London, 1751.
Description:
First edition of the novelist Henry Fielding's famed proposals for reforming English criminal law, derived from his first-hand experiences as a London magistrate, "easily the most distinguished and ambitious of Fielding's social [publications]"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 green morocco over cloth boards, gilt lettered, light browning, else a good usable copy with ample margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79227
Price:
$ 425.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform, capital punishment, Law and Literature, poor law
Author:
Purves, J.A.
Title:
The Law and Lawyers Laid Open, in Twelve Visions. To which is Added, Plain Truth, in Three Dialogues, Between Truman, Skinall, Dryboots, Three Attorneys, and Season a Bencher
Publisher:
Printed for T. Woodman, at Camden's Head in Round-Court [etc.], London, 1737.
Description:
Only edition of an imaginative proposal for extensive law reform (based on the author's Twelve Visions), patterned upon Cervantes' contemporary, Francisco Quevedo, and conceiving a Court of the Underworld before which the law is found wanting
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, gilt, joints just cracking but firm, clean and even pretty; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-78789
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Eden, William
Title:
Principles of Penal Law
Publisher:
Printed for B. White, in Fleet-Street; and T. Cadell [etc.], London, 1771.
Description:
First edition of a seminal work, "[the] first . . . to review English criminal law at once critically and comprehensively", in Holdsworth's words, and a pioneering precursor of the efforts of both Bentham and Romilly to reform English criminal law
Condition:
Modern 3/4 speckled calf over marbled boards, gilt ruled and lettered, especially clean and well preserved, with the errata leaf; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-79502
Price:
$ 1500.00
Category:
criminal law, legal reform
 
Author:
Title:
Proposals Humbly Offered to the Parliament for Remedying the Great Charge and Delay of Suits at Law and in Equity. The Seventh Edition
Publisher:
Printed for J. Reason in Flower de luce Court, [etc.], London, l730].
Description:
Condition:
Modern sewn wraps, 42 pages
Book No.:
W-17421
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
legal reform
Author:
Potter, William
Title:
The Trades-man's Jewel: Or A safe, easie, speedy and effectual Means, for the incredible advancement of Trade . . . By making their Bills to become current instead of Money, and frequently to revolve through their Hands [etc.]. Wing P3036. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by Edward Husband and John Field [etc.], London, 1650.
Description:
Only edition of a pioneering tract, one of two by Potter as "the first of the Cromwellian banking schemes", predating the Bank of England's founding in 1694 and confirming the "well advanced" study of the mechanism of exchange during the Interregnum
Condition:
Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, the margins cut close just affecting some side notes (legibility preserved), light browning; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80036
Price:
$ 2250.00
Category:
banks, legal reform
Author:
Haines, Richard
Title:
Proposals For Building in every County a Working Almshouse or Hospital; As the Best Expedient to perfect the Trade and Manufactory of Linnen Cloth. Wing H205. Quarto
Publisher:
Printed by W.G. for R. Harford . . . in Cornhil, London, 1677.
Description:
Sole edition of Haine's first proposal to assist the poor while simultaneously improving England's economy, his efforts together with those of Sir Matthew Hale and John Locke, inter alia, "influenc[ing] later projects for reform of the poor laws"
Condition:
Modern 1/4 calf over marbled boards, the spine gilt lettered and ruled, light browning, else well preserved with good margins; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80089
Price:
$ 1750.00
Category:
poor law, economics, legal reform
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:
Title:
An Essay on the Amendment, and Reduction, of the Laws of England. For the Ease of the Subject, the Advancement of Justice, and Regulating the Profession of the Law [also to appear in editions of 'Law Quibbles']. ESTC N30349 [one copy]
Publisher:
Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling . . . for Thos. Corbett, London, 1724.
Description:
The rare, only separate printing of a substantial proposal to reform English law and the English legal profession, "clearly the work of an informed and responsible critic", and influential on the work of the Society of Gentlemen Practisers from 1739
Condition:
Modern 1/4 mottled calf over marbled boards, black morocco label, double gilt ruled and lettered, well preserved; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80136
Price:
$ 850.00
Category:
legal reform, Bench and Bar
Author:
Farley, Edward
Title:
Imprisonment for Debt Unconstitutional and Oppressive, Proved from the Fundamental Principles of the British Constitution, and the Rights of Nature. ESTC T37076
Publisher:
Printed for the Author. And Sold by T. Hookham [etc.], London, 1788.
Description:
First (and most extensive) edition of a work central to the burgeoning movement to abolish imprisonment for debt, widely read, contending that the lawyers "have done more harm to this country than the plague, the pestilence, or the sword of tyrants"
Condition:
Contemporary speckled calf, neatly rebacked, ex-Wadsworth Library with its bookplate and circular blind stamp, very clean; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80149
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
bankruptcy, prisons, legal reform, Imprisonment for Debt
Author:
Chamberlaine, Edward
Title:
England's Wants; Or, Several Proposals Very Advantageous for England. Humbly offered to the Consideration of the Two Houses of Parliament, now Assembled at Westminster, under our most Gracious Lord and Lady, King William and Queen Mary. Wing C1842
Publisher:
Printed for R. Baldwin in the Old-Baily, London, 1689.
Description:
Final edition of Chamberlayne's 74 point program for the reform of the English polity, first appearing shortly after the Restoration and here issued at the inception of the Glorious Revolution; with a great many prescient proposals to prove of value
Condition:
Modern 1/4 speckled calf over marbled boards, light browning, margins of the last two leaves repaired (sense preserved), else sound; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80201
Price:
$ 650.00
Category:
Real Property, legal reform, Glorious Revolution
Author:
Clayton, John (rptr.)
Title:
Reports and Pleas of Assises at York. Held before several Judges in that Circuit, With Some Precedents useful for Pleaders at the Assises: Never englished before [etc.]. ESTC N12810 [six copies, two in North America]
Publisher:
Printed by S. Powell, For Edward Hamilton . . . High-street, Dublin, 1741.
Description:
The rare, sole Irish edition of the first named 'nisi prius'reports (those heard away from Westminster), first appearing in 1651, with the emphasis that the law be in English and accessible to all, in sympathy with the Commonwealth's goals of reform
Condition:
Contemporary calf, rebacked, rubbed, ex-Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow with its gilt stamp on the front board, very crisp; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80216
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
reports of cases, TRINIDAD, pleading, legal reform, English Commonwealth, IRELAND
Author:
Woodward, Josiah
Title:
An Account of the Societies for Reformation of Manners . . . to Persons of all Ranks, to Be Zealous and Diligent in Promoting the Execution of the Laws against Prophaneness and Debauchery [etc.] [with the Abstract of the Penal Laws]. Wing W3512; ESTC R31843
Publisher:
Printed for B. Aylmar, at the Three Pigeons in Cornhill [etc.], London, 1699.
Description:
First edition of the highly popular work of Woodward, the first historian of the Society for the Reformation of Manners, confirming his reputation as seeking society's moral reformation, with his writings to be reprinted throughout the 18th century
Condition:
?Contemporary gilt panelled mottled calf, the joints just cracking but very firm, marbled pastedowns and endpapers, very pretty; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80246
Price:
$ 450.00
Category:
Religion, legal reform
Author:
Title:
An Answer To the severall Petitions Of late exhibited to the High Court of Parliament, And to his Excellency the Lord Generall Cromwell, By the poor Husband-men, Farmers, and Tenants . . . of England, for the taking away of Tithes, paid to Priests [etc.]
Publisher:
Printed for J.M. and J.A. at the Bell in St. Pauls Church-yard, London, 1652.
Description:
One of two subjects of proposed major reform during the Commonwealth (the other the reform of the law), neither accomplished until the 19th century, this tract defending the existing, compulsory payment of tithes to support the established church
Condition:
Modern 1/4 crimson morocco, definite browning but sound, with the Fairfax of Cameron bookplate, Wing A3446, the Second Impression; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80276
Price:
$ 550.00
Category:
Religion, agriculture, landlord and tenant, poor law, Parliament, English Commonwealth, legal reform
Author:
Brunskell, Percivall
Title:
A Brief Vindication of Mr. Percivall Brunskell's Case. With an Account of Twenty One Years most Remarkable Passages. Quarto. Wing B5234A; ESTC R38644
Publisher:
No publisher stated, London, 1695.
Description:
Brunskell's final effort to promote a scheme to increase Royal revenue via the wax used on warrants sent to sheriffs, ultimately declared by Francis North (as Chief Justice of Common Pleas) as "foul practices . . . couched under fair pretences"
Condition:
Original ?self-wraps, disbound, a bit spotted and some light browning, the margins cut close affecting some sidenotes; the Taussig copy
Book No.:
W-80307
Price:
$ 350.00
Category:
legal reform, courts

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