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A letter to the Earl of Aberdeen on the correspondence recently published by his lordship. Third thousand.

A letter to the Earl of Aberdeen on the correspondence recently published by his lordship. Third thousand.

by Dunlop, Alexander

Edinburgh: John Johnstone (pr. by Ballantyne & Hughes), 1840. 8vo. [2], 49, [1] pp. Second issue.         NSTC 2D22748. Removed from a nonce volume. Title-page with early inked numeral in upper margin; spots of mild foxing to first and last few leaves.
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Anno regni Georgii III...undecimo.... [An Act for Granting a Bounty upon the Importation of White Oak Staves, and Heading, from the British Colonies or Plantations in America....].

Anno regni Georgii III...undecimo.... [An Act for Granting a Bounty upon the Importation of White Oak Staves, and Heading, from the British Colonies or Plantations in America....].

by Great Britain. Laws, statutes, etc., 1760-1820 (George III)

London: Pr. by Charles Eyre and William Strahan, 1771. Folio. [1] f., pp. 1227-1234. The act establishes a rewards system for those who import sap-free, unwormed, knothole-less white oak barrel staves from the British colonies in America into specified English ports. The bounty will be paid only for a short, specified period; the chief aim is to aid English brewers. Removed from a bound volume and resewn. A clean copy.
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1565. La graunde abridgement collect par le iudge tresreuerend monsieur Anthony Fitzherbert, dernierment conferre auesq[ue] la copy escript, et per ceo correct: aueques le nombre del fueil, per quel facilement poies trouer les cases cy abrydges en les lyuers dans, nouelment annote: iammais deuaunt imprimee. Auxi vous troues les residuums de lauter liuer places icy in ceo liuer en le fyne de lour apte titles.

1565. La graunde abridgement collect par le iudge tresreuerend monsieur Anthony Fitzherbert, dernierment conferre auesq[ue] la copy escript, et per ceo correct: aueques le nombre del fueil, per quel facilement poies trouer les cases cy abrydges en les lyuers dans, nouelment annote: iammais deuaunt imprimee. Auxi vous troues les residuums de lauter liuer places icy in ceo liuer en le fyne de lour apte titles.

by Fitzherbert, Anthony (c. 1470-1538)

London: [London:] In Ædibus Ricardi Tottell duodecimo Nouembris. (1565.) [colophon:] In ædibus Richardi Tottelli. Anno Salutis. 1565. 12. Nouembris., 1565. 2nd Edition . Leather. Very Good. Description: Two volumes in one. Folio (16 × 10½ in): [1], 379; [1], 128, 1, 3-5, 5-207 l. · Register: 2º: A-2Z^8 2['et' sigla]^8 2['con' sigla]^4 ²A^8 3B-Q^8 3R1 (A2, A3, A4 signed 'A1', 'A2', 'A3'; 3B1 signed 'b'); A^8(-A8)... Read more
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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

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

London: Imprinted . . . by Robert Barker [etc.], 1610. Contemporary sheep, rebacked, quite rubbed, some marginal worming; with an ?unrecorded "Books printed or sold by William Leak" on the rear pastedown 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
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Defensio Legis: Or, The Whole State of England Inquisited and Defended for General Satisfaction. By a Person of Honour. Wing D822A

Defensio Legis: Or, The Whole State of England Inquisited and Defended for General Satisfaction. By a Person of Honour. Wing D822A

London: Printed for, and are to be sold by George Savile [etc.], 1674. Modern brown morocco, gilt lettered, the joints a bit rubbed, ex-library, else quite clean and crisp, with the errata; the Taussig copy 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
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A Letter to Junius. By the Author of the Answer to the "Question Stated". Not in Eller nor Laeuchli

A Letter to Junius. By the Author of the Answer to the "Question Stated". Not in Eller nor Laeuchli

London: Printed for James Fletcher and Co. [and two others], 1769. Modern stabbed plain wraps, light foxing, ex-Birmingham Law Society, else a very good copy with ample margins; 15 pages A rare part of the debate whether John Wilkes should sit in Parliament, Junius later speculating that the "Author" was Blackstone, this copy so noting in a contemporary hand on the title page; four copies in ESTC, none in North America
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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

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

by William Blackstone

Oxford: Printed at the Clarendon Press, 1758. Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, the boards darkened at the joints, light browning, else quite clean with both tables, one folding; the Taussig copy 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
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Equity without compromise; or, hints for the construction of a just system of national education....

Equity without compromise; or, hints for the construction of a just system of national education....

by Swaine, Edward

London: Snow & Ridgway, 1846. 8vo. 60 pp.         NSTC 2S47778. Removed from a nonce volume. Fine age-spotting; traces of soiling on top edges. Chipping and a few tears on the outer edge of title-leaf, not affecting impression. Heavily pencilled note on title-page.
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A History of English Law. Volumes 1-9 [of 17] [with] Tables and Index by Edward Potton [Ten Volumes]

A History of English Law. Volumes 1-9 [of 17] [with] Tables and Index by Edward Potton [Ten Volumes]

by W.S. Holdsworth

London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 36 Essex Street W.C., 1924-56. Original cloth, gilt, occasional underlining, some volumes ex-library, volume six particularly worn; a good working set Holdsworth's history as originally conceived, "a continuous History of English Law as a whole down to 1700", comprising the work's first nine volumes; with Potton's index, "enormously increas[ing] the value of the History" in Holdsworth's words
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Commentaries on the Laws of England . . . from the Last London Edition. With the Last Corrections of the Author; and with Notes and Additions by Edward Christian . . . Downing Professor of the Laws of England in the University of Cambridge. Four Volumes

Commentaries on the Laws of England . . . from the Last London Edition. With the Last Corrections of the Author; and with Notes and Additions by Edward Christian . . . Downing Professor of the Laws of England in the University of Cambridge. Four Volumes

by William Blackstone

Portland: Printed and Published by Thomas B. Wait, & Co., 1807. Original publisher's paper-backed light-blue boards, paper labels An early American edition (the fifth), a completely unsophisticated, unrestored set in its original American publisher's binding, bottom and foredges untrimmed, cracking to the joints, bottom of one spine perished, labels slightly different
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Speculum Juris Anglicani, Or, A View of the Laws of England, As They are divided into Statutes, Common-Law and Customs: Incidentally, Of the Customs appertaining to the Famous City of London, never before Printed [etc.]. Wing B5267

Speculum Juris Anglicani, Or, A View of the Laws of England, As They are divided into Statutes, Common-Law and Customs: Incidentally, Of the Customs appertaining to the Famous City of London, never before Printed [etc.]. Wing B5267

by John Brydall [Bridall]

London: Printed by John Streater, Eliz. Flesher and H. Twyford [etc.], 1673. Contemporary sheep, somewhat stained, neatly rebacked, the top margin cut a bit close (no text affected), else quite clean; the Taussig copy Only edition (of two variant printings) of Brydall's first introductory treatise on English law, to be followed by his 'Enchiridion Legum' later in the year, "clearly written; and . . . doubtless useful to the students for which they were intended
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A Continuation of the Practical Register [of William Style], in Two Parts. Wherein are contained Many Rules of Court, and also Practical Cases [with] a Table of all the Acts of Parliament mentioned in both these Parts. Two Volumes [complete]. Cowley 198

A Continuation of the Practical Register [of William Style], in Two Parts. Wherein are contained Many Rules of Court, and also Practical Cases [with] a Table of all the Acts of Parliament mentioned in both these Parts. Two Volumes [complete]. Cowley 198

by John Lilly

London: Printed by John Nutt . . . for Charles Harper [etc.], 1710. Contemporary calf, later paper labels, rubbed, some ink staining to the boards, light browning, yet a good usable set; the Taussig copy Lilly's continuation of Style's work, "a useful guide to modern practice decisions collected at a time when the law reports were somewhat thin or non-existent", in John Baker's words, anticipating Lilly's like titled work published as late as 1747
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The Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seal, the Privy Seal, the Exchequer Seal, and the Signet. Also of those Grand Officers to whose Custody these Seals are committed. Wing B5263aA

The Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seal, the Privy Seal, the Exchequer Seal, and the Signet. Also of those Grand Officers to whose Custody these Seals are committed. Wing B5263aA

by John Brydall

London: Printed, and are to be sold by Dan. Browne [etc.], 1696. Later 1/4 morocco gilt-lettered, untrimmed, with the seven page books printed by Thomas Dring and John Leigh not noted in ESTC; the Taussig copy The rare reissue of one of Brydall's earliest works, reflecting his expertise while secretary to the Master of the Rolls, one of his productive corpus of some three dozen published treatises and another thirty left in manuscript; two copies in ESTC
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Speech of Mr. Serjeant Merewether, in the Court of Chancery .... upon the claim of the commissioners of woods and forests to the sea-shore, and the soil and bed of tidal harbours and navigable rivers...

Speech of Mr. Serjeant Merewether, in the Court of Chancery .... upon the claim of the commissioners of woods and forests to the sea-shore, and the soil and bed of tidal harbours and navigable rivers...

by Merewether, Henry Alworth, the elder

London: Henry Butterworth, 1850. 8vo. 48 pp. Sole edition. Caption title: The attorney-general against the mayor and corporation of the city of London. Question of riparian rights and crown land. Includes bibliographical references.         NSTC 2M25054. Removed from a nonce volume. Title-page with small inked numeral in upper corner; reverse of title-page with institutional stamp.
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The Attorney's Practice in the Court of King's Bench: Or, An Introduction to the Knowledge of the Practice of that Court . . . With Variety of useful and curious Precedents in English, settled or drawn by Counsel [etc.]. Sixth Edition. Two Volumes

The Attorney's Practice in the Court of King's Bench: Or, An Introduction to the Knowledge of the Practice of that Court . . . With Variety of useful and curious Precedents in English, settled or drawn by Counsel [etc.]. Sixth Edition. Two Volumes

by Robert Richardson

London: Printed by His Majesty's Law-printers [etc.], 1776. Modern 3/4 calf over marbled boards, gilt, definite browning and foxing , a sound usable set only The edition appearing while both Blackstone and Mansfield were on the bench, praised by Holdsworth as a "better and a more orderly account" than its predecessors, its second volume largely comprised of forms attributed to the lawyers creating them
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$450.00
Reasons for legalising marriage with a deceased wife's sister.

Reasons for legalising marriage with a deceased wife's sister.

by Denman, Thomas, Baron

London: [Pr. by Bradbury & Evans for] Hatchard & Son, 1852. 8vo. 27, [1 (blank)] pp.         NSTC 2D9417. Removed from a nonce volume. Some foxing with traces of soiling and some fine chipping. A heavily pencilled note on title-page.
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Ascuns nouell cases de les ans et temps le Roy, H.8. Ed.6. et la Roygne Mary, escrie ex la graund Abridgement, compose per Sir Robert Brooke Chiualer [et]c. la disperse en les titles. Mes icy collect sub ans.

Ascuns nouell cases de les ans et temps le Roy, H.8. Ed.6. et la Roygne Mary, escrie ex la graund Abridgement, compose per Sir Robert Brooke Chiualer [et]c. la disperse en les titles. Mes icy collect sub ans.

by Bellewe, Richard (ed.); Brooke, Robert

London: Anno. Do. 1578. ¶ Richardi. Tottelli. [Richard Tottell] [colophon:] ¶ Imprinted at London in Fleetestreete within Temple Barre at the signe of the Hand and Starre by Rychard Tottyl. the xv. of October. 1578., 1578. 1st Edition . Leather. Very Good. Description: Sm. 8vo (5¾ × 4 in): t-p., 116, [3] leaves. Early calf, embossed medallions to top and bottom covers. · Register: 8º: A-P^8 (E2 signed "E1"). · Condition: Rubbed at edges; no front free... Read more
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Lex Constitutionis: or, the Gentleman's Law. Being A Compleat Treatise of all the Laws and Statutes relating to the King and the Prerogative of the Crown; the Nobility; and House of Lords . . . And Also, An Introduction to the Common Law of England [etc]

Lex Constitutionis: or, the Gentleman's Law. Being A Compleat Treatise of all the Laws and Statutes relating to the King and the Prerogative of the Crown; the Nobility; and House of Lords . . . And Also, An Introduction to the Common Law of England [etc]

by Giles Jacob

London: Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling . . . for B. Lintot, 1719. Contemporary calf, extra gilt, gilt crests ("Mea Gloria Fides"), rubbed, the lower spine just chipped, else clean with ample margins; the Taussig copy First edition of a work for which Jacob claimed he had consulted over one hundred authorities, praised by Holdsworth as "a learned book . . . the idea of making such a book was original; and the main features of the constitution are set out
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La table al lieur des reports del tresreuerend iudge Sir Iames Dyer Chiualer, iades chiefe Iustice del common banke: per quel facilment cy troueront toutes choses conteinus in icel ore tarde compose per T.A. Anno Domini 1588

La table al lieur des reports del tresreuerend iudge Sir Iames Dyer Chiualer, iades chiefe Iustice del common banke: per quel facilment cy troueront toutes choses conteinus in icel ore tarde compose per T.A. Anno Domini 1588

by Ashe, Thomas (c.1556-1618); Dyer, James (1510-1582)

London: Anno Domini 1588 In Ædibus Richardi Tottelli. [colophon:] ¶ Imprinted at London within Temble [sic] Barre at the signe of the Hande and Starre by Richarde Tottill., 1588. 1st Edition . Leather. Good. Description: Sm. 8vo (5½ × 4 in): [8], 167 l. Later morocco. · Register: 8º: [para]^8 A-X^8 (this copy lacks X8, a blank). · Condition: Joints rubbed, front joint cracked, end-papers renewed, damp-stains throughout. Bookplate of Birmingham Law Society on... Read more
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Cases argued and adjudged, in the court of King's Bench, at Westminster, in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th years of the reign of His late Majesty, King George, the Second [1733–38]. During which time the late Lord Chief Justice Hardwicke presided in that court. To which are added, some determinations of the late Lord Chief Justice Lee; and also two equity ones by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke. Published under the inspection of a noble lord, and eminent lawyer. With notes and references to all the contemporary reporters. Likewise, two tables; one of the names of the cases; and the other of the principal matters therein containe (sic).

Cases argued and adjudged, in the court of King's Bench, at Westminster, in the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th years of the reign of His late Majesty, King George, the Second [1733–38]. During which time the late Lord Chief Justice Hardwicke presided in that court. To which are added, some determinations of the late Lord Chief Justice Lee; and also two equity ones by Lord Chancellor Hardwicke. Published under the inspection of a noble lord, and eminent lawyer. With notes and references to all the contemporary reporters. Likewise, two tables; one of the names of the cases; and the other of the principal matters therein containe (sic).

by Great Britain. Court of King's Bench

London: Pr. by W. Strahan & M. Woodfall, for W. Johnston & G. Kearsley, 1770. Folio (13 cm, 12.125"). [8] ff. (ff. [1]–[2] lacking), 417, [1 (blank)] pp., [12] cm, ff. (ff. [10]–[12] lacking). A distressed, reading copy for a scholar not in need of the title-page and its following leaf and not concerned with condition.         Sweet & Maxwell (2nd ed.) I, 295. On Philip Yorke, 1st Earl of Hardwicke, see: Dictionary of National Biography, LXIII, 346–51. Ex-library... Read more
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A Collection of Tracts Relative to the Law of England, from Manuscripts, Now First Edited [etc.]. Volume 1 [all published] [without the errata]

A Collection of Tracts Relative to the Law of England, from Manuscripts, Now First Edited [etc.]. Volume 1 [all published] [without the errata]

by Francis Hargrave

London: Printed by T. Wright: And sold by E. Brooke [etc.], 1787. Contemporary calf, quite worn, rebacked, ex-library, browning, occasional early and informed notations; a good usable copy Hargrave's editing of some of the choicest manuscripts from his personal library, including previously unpublished works by Blackstone and Hale, Holdsworth characterizing the effort as one of Hargrave's two "principal service[s] to legal history
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$850.00
An Historical Introduction to the Land Law

An Historical Introduction to the Land Law

by W.S. Holdsworth

Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1927. Original maroon cloth, gilt, a very good copy in a somewhat worn and chipped dustjacket The work prompted by the extensive reforms introduced by England's Real Property Acts in 1925, one which "[e]very beginner will certainly have to read . . . before he reads anything else", surveying all of real property law from the Conquest forward
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Facts and opinions tending to show the Scriptural lawfulness of marriage with a deceased wife's sister, and the consequent necessity for its legalization in England, in accordance with the laws and practice of other Christian nations.

Facts and opinions tending to show the Scriptural lawfulness of marriage with a deceased wife's sister, and the consequent necessity for its legalization in England, in accordance with the laws and practice of other Christian nations.

London: Marriage Law Reform Association, 1859. 8vo. 31, [1] pp.         NSTC 2F608. Removed from a nonce volume, lightly age-toned with a few age spots.
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Le liuer des assises & plees del corone, moues & dependauntz deuaunt les iustices, sibien en lour circuitz come aylours, en temps le Roy Edwarde le tierce, ouesq[ue]z vn table des principal matters del plees del corone.

Le liuer des assises & plees del corone, moues & dependauntz deuaunt les iustices, sibien en lour circuitz come aylours, en temps le Roy Edwarde le tierce, ouesq[ue]z vn table des principal matters del plees del corone.

by Rastell, John (c. 1475-1536) (ed.)

London: ¶ Londini in ædibus Richardi Tottelli. [Richard Tottell] Anno Domini. 1580. [colophon:] [fleuron] Imprinted at London in Fletestrete within Temple Barre, at the signe of the Hand and Starre, by Rychard Tottel, the xvi. day of March. ¶ Anno domini a verbo nato. 1580., 1580. 3rd Edition . Leather. Very Good. Description: Sm. folio (11 × 8 in): [46], cccxxvi l. Early calf. · Register: 2º: ^[pi]A^4 A-H^4 ¶^4 ¶¶^6 ²A-4L^4 4M^6 (in this copy, the... Read more
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Jus Sigilli: Or, the Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seale, the Privie Seale, the Exchequer Seale, and the Signet. Also Of those Grand Officers, to whose Custody these Seales are committed [etc.]. Wing B5263

Jus Sigilli: Or, the Law of England, Touching His Majesties Four Principal Seales, Viz. The Great Seale, the Privie Seale, the Exchequer Seale, and the Signet. Also Of those Grand Officers, to whose Custody these Seales are committed [etc.]. Wing B5263

by John Brydall

London: Printed by E. Flesher . . . for Thomas Dring [etc.], 1673. Contemporary sheep, lightly rubbed, the top and bottom of the joints just cracking, but quite firm, else very clean and usable; the Taussig copy Only edition of one of Brydall's earliest works, reflecting his expertise while secretary to the Master of the Rolls and one of his amazingly diverse, productive corpus of some three dozen published treatises and another thirty left in manuscript
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$650.00