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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

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

by Henry Swinburne

London: Printed by Henry Lintot . . . and sold by S. Birt, 1742. Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, Cornwell House circular stamps on the front endpapers, else a very good, tall, clean copy 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
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$750.00
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

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

by Thomas Wentworth

London: Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling for [six others], 1720. Contemporary calf, rebacked, somewhat rubbed, else well preserved with ample margins and the final advertising leaf; the Taussig copy 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
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$400.00
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

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

by T.E. Tomlins

London: Printed for R. Baldwin, in Pater-Noster-Row [etc.], 1796. Original paper backed gray boards, quite worn, else very clean and an especially good example of an entirely unsophisticated binding; the Taussig copy 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
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$250.00
Wills And Where To Find Them

Wills And Where To Find Them

by Gibson, J.S. (Compiler)

Chichester, Sussex: Phillimore Published for the British Record Society. 1974. Octavo Size [approx 15.5 x 22.8cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. DJ spine a little faded. Previous owner's details to front free end paper. Black and White Maps. 210 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$15.00
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

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

by Thomas Wentworth

London: Printed by T. Maxey, for Matthew Walbank . . . in Holborn, 1656. Contemporary blind ruled unlettered sheep, quite rubbed and marked, top of spine just chipped, some browning, yet clean and usable; the Taussig copy 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
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$550.00
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

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

by Henry Swinburne

London: Printed by John Windet, 1591. Modern dark brown calf, gilt-lettered, occasional light browning, else quite crisp and well preserved, without the errata leaf; the Taussig copy 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
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$3,500.00
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

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

by Henry Swinburne

London: Printed by George Sawbridge [and two others], 1677. Contemporary calf, rubbed, rebacked, with the bookplates of Sir John Swinburne [a descendant?] and Thomas Walker of Doctors Commons; the Taussig copy 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
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$750.00
A Treatise upon the Law of Legacies

A Treatise upon the Law of Legacies

by R.S. Donnison Roper

Dublin: Printed by John Exshaw, 98, Grafton-Street, 1800. Contemporary calf, very light browning and foxing, else quite well preserved and with the half title; the Taussig copy 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
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$850.00
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

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

by Peter Lovelass

London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Whieldon [and others] [etc.], 1792. Contemporary calf, lightly rubbed, the joints just cracking, but quite firm, a very good clean copy 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
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$450.00
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

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

by John Godolphin

London: Printed for Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-Boy . . . in Fleetstreet, 1677. Contemporary unlettered calf, somewhat rubbed and some lightish browning, else clean and usable with occasional annotations; the Taussig copy 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
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$650.00