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Ad Rub & L II C De Rescin Vend Elaboratissimi commentarii

Ad Rub & L II C De Rescin Vend Elaboratissimi commentarii

Pinhel, Aires; Pinelus, Arius; Soares da Ribeira A Durable Commentary on the Law of Contracts Concerning Sales in Justinian's Code Pinhel, Aires [16th c.]. Soares da Ribeira, Manuel [16th c.]. Ad Rub. & L. II C. De Rescin. Vend. Elaboratissimi Commentarii. In Quibus sic Eleganter, Ornate ac Luculenter Materiam ille Enucleauit, ut Nihil Amplius Desiderari Possit. Accessere viri Disertissimi ac Iurisconsulti Celeberrimi Emanuelis Soarez a Ribeira Doctissimae Adnotationes. Venice: [Damiano Zenaro], 1570. [xii], 199, [1] ff. Quarto (8-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, early calligraphic title to spine, fragments of ties to front cover. Light soiling and a few minor stains to covers, spine darkened, light rubbing to extremities, vellum just beginning to crack though pastedowns, which have minor worming, hinges partially cracked. Large woodcut Zenara salamader device to title page. Moderate toning, light foxing in places, gradually diminishing faint dampstaining at head and foot of text block from front pastedown to fol. 13. $1,500. * This is a distinguished commentary on the rubric "De Rescindenda Venditione," the sections of the Code of Justinian that addresses contracts concerning sales with additional commentary on related parts of the Corpus Juris Civilis. Pinhel was a Spanish jurist, and his discussion considers the related Spanish and Portuguese civil law of his day. Soares da Ribeira was a Portuguese canonist. Originally published in 1508, it went through several issues and editions throughout, the last edition in 1667. All editions are scarce. OCLC locates 5 copies of the 1570 edition in North America (Harvard Law School, Library of Congress, Penn State University, SMU Law School, University of Kansas). Universal Short-Title Catalogue 848818.
The Constitution of England; Or an Account of the English Government

The Constitution of England; Or an Account of the English Government

De Lolme, Jean Louis Copy of an Important Treatise on English Constitution Studied by a Group of Upper-Class English Female Readers De Lolme, J[ean] L[ouis] [1740-1806]. The Constitution of England, Or an Account of The English Government; In Which it is Compared with the Republican Form of Government, And Occasionally with the Other Monarchies in Europe. London: Printed by T. Spilsbury, 1775. vii, [1], 448 pp. Octavo (9-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep-backed publisher boards, raised bands and hand-lettered title to spine, untrimmed edges. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, boards beginning to separate but secure, considerable rubbing to spine with loss to ends, armorial bookplate of St. Andrew St. John, 14th Baron St. John of Bletsoe, list of people who have read this book, dated 1776, all female, to front free endpaper, light toning to text. $1,500. * First English edition. First published in 1771, this highly regarded popular exposition of the English constitution by a Swiss jurist went though several editions well into the nineteenth century. This copy has a fascinating set of associations, all from the time of the American Revolution. The bookplate suggests it was originally acquired by Lord St. John [1759-1817], a politician who sat in the House of Commons (before he inherited his peerage) and was later an under secretary of state and a privy counselor. The list on the front free endpaper, in different hands, show this copy was shared by several upper-class female readers. The entries read: "1776 November 1st. sent to Mrs. Stephenson. Mrs Stephenson recd this Book Nov 5th. Sent to Miss Manley Novr 19th/ Miss Manley set this book to Lady Robinson Decbr 2th/ Lady Robinson to Lady St. John Dec ye 20th/ Lady St. John to Mrs. Powys Feb 10th/ Mrs. Powys to Lady Cullen Febry the 17th/ Lady Cullen to Mrs. Haggitt March the 1st/ Mrs Haggitt to Mrs Supple March 16th/ Sent to the quarterly meeting ye; 24th rec'd with many others, sent to Mrs. Mannsell April ye: 17th/ Sent to Mrs Hill April Ye 30th Doro. Mansell/ Sent to Mrs Jones 14th May/ Sent to Mrs Robinson the 20th/ Mrs Robinson [illegible] ye book for ye [illegible] June ye 23." English Short-Title Catalogue T109935.
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Prima Baldi Super Digesto Veteri [and Three other Related Works]

Ubaldi, Baldo Degli; Ubaldus, Baldus de Baldus's Distinguished Commentaries on the Digest Ubaldi, Baldo Degli [1327?-1400]. Vadi, Benedetto [16th. c.], Notes. [Gradibus, Johannes [15th. c.], Notes]. [Thierry, Jean (active c. 1517], Editor]. Prima Baldi Super Digesto Veteri. Commentariorum Iuris Utrius, Que Interpretis Doctissimi Baldi de Ubaldis Perusini Prima Pars in Digestu[m] Vetus, Cum Adnotationibus, Domini Benedicti de Vadis Forosemproniensis, Denuo Qua[m] Emunctissime in Causidicorum Gratiam in Lucem Prodit. [Lyon: Sebastien Gryphe and Compagnie des Libraires], 1535. 314 ff. Text in parallel columns with side-notes. [And] Ubaldi, Baldo Degli. [Gradibus, Johannes, Notes]. Thierry, Jean, Editor. Secunda Baldi Super Digesto Veteri. Lectura Super Secunda Parte Digesti Veteris, Cum Additionibus, Necnon cum Summariis, Numeris, Ac Alphabetico Repertorio Ioannis Thierri Lingonensis. Lyon: [Compagnie des Libraires], 1536. 147; [22] ff. Fo. 91 is an early bound-in manuscript copy. Repertorio preceded by individual title page dated 1535. Text in parallel columns with side-notes. [And] Ubaldi, Baldo Degli. Gradibus, Jonannes, Notes. Thierry, Jean, Editor. Baldus Super Digesto Novo. Lectura Super Digesto Novo cu[m] Additionib[us] Egrigii Viro Magistri Ioanis Degradibus, Necno[n] Cum Tersa Castigatione, Summariis, Numeris, Additionibus, Concordantiis et Repertorio Alphabetico Nobilis Viri Domini Ionnis Thierry Lingon[ensis]. [Lyon: Compagnie des libraires], 1536. 39 ff. Text in parallel columns with side-notes. [Bound with] Ubaldi, Baldo Degli. Gradi, Jean, Notes. Thierry, Jean, Editor. Baldus Perusinus Super Infortiato. Lectura Subtilis et Aurea Domini Baldudsde Ubaldus, Super Infortiato, Cum Quidusd[am] Additionibus: Necnon Summariis Io. Thierri Lingo Recenter Anteleges & Paragraphos affixis ac eiusdem Repertorio Alphabetico Affabre Compilato. [Lyon: [Lyon: S.n.], 1536. 129 ff. Text in parallel columns with side-notes. Folio (15-1/4" x 10-1/2"). Prima Baldi: later marbled boards; other volumes: contemporary vellum derived from a choirbook, faint later hand-lettered titles to front boards, later hand-numbered paper location labels to spine. Light soiling and a few minor stains, moderate rubbing to extremities,
A Treatise on Courts Martial

A Treatise on Courts Martial, Also An Essay on Military Punishments.

Adye, Stephen Payne London, 1805. 7th ed. The First Anglo-American Treatise on Courts-Martial Adye, S[tephen] Payne [d.1794]. A Treatise on Courts Martial. Also An Essay on Military Punishments and Rewards. London: Printed by T. Maiden for Vernor and Hood, [et al.], 1805. viii, 292 pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in morocco, lettering piece and gilt fillets to extremities, hinges mended. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, faint illegible early owner signature to head of front board, moderate rubbing to board edges with some wear to corners, library bookplate and illegible later owner signature to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, libraray stamp to verso of title page with a bit of bleed-through to recto and light offsetting to facing leaf. $500. * Seventh Edition. First published in New York in 1769, this title is the first Anglo-American treatise on courts-martial (and the 1769 edition was one of the first law books printed in America). It was the standard guide used by the British and American forces during the Revolutionary War. The first part is a history of martial and military law and an overview of courts martial, courts of inquiry, appeals, the duties of the judge advocate, and the mode of trial. The second part discusses procedure, which is based, as much as possible, on procedure in common law. A standard treatise for many years, and an authority today, it went through eight editions, the final in 1810. Adye was Deputy Judge Advocate for the British Army in North America from 1769 to 1783. OCLC locates 12 copies of the seventh edition worldwide, 8 in the U.S., 2 in Canada. Wiener, Civilians Under Military Justice 182-188. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:4.
Bald & Angel Sup III Lib C Lectura [Bound with] Super Authenticus.

Bald & Angel Sup III Lib C Lectura [Bound with] Super Authenticus.

Ubaldi, Baldo Degli; Ubaldi, Angelo Degli Distinguished Commentaries on the Code and Authentica Ubaldi, Baldo Degli [1327?-1400]. Ubaldi, Angelo Degli [c.1327-1400], Notes. Bald. & Angel. Sup. III. Lib. C. Lectura Acutissimi Juris Utriusque Doc. Famosissimi Domini Baldi de Perusio Super Tribus Libris Codicis: Decimo Scilicet Undecimo et Duodecimo: Una cum Excellentissimo Domini Angeli Jurium Interpretis Clarissimi Super Eisdem Libris Commento : Cum Numeris: Summariis ac Repertorio Alphabetico Nuperrime Additis: Feliciter Incipit. [Lyon]: Jacobus Giunta, 1541. 47, [6] ff. Main text in parallel columns. [Bound with] Ubaldi, Angelo Degli [1327?-1400]. Angelus De Ubaldis De Perusio Super Autenticis. Lectura Autenticorum Praestantissimi Domini domini Angeli de Ubaldis der Perusio, Additionibus Novis Cincta, Cum Summariis Hactenus non Impressis et Numenorum Distinctione, Ut Materiae Singulares in Repertorio Facilius Inveniantur: & Una cum Nova Castigatio ne Omnium Errorum in Aliis Impressionibus non Correctorum, & Oculis Lynceis Revisorum: Nec te Pigeat Omnia Aequilibrio Animo Pendere: & Id Verissimum Esse Dijudicabis: Quia Ita Omnia Clausulatim Distinximus ut Amplius Lectoribus Erroris Locus Relictus non Sit: & Si cum Alias Impressis Comparabis Iudicio Externo Haud Opus Erit. [Lyon]: Vincenti de Portonariis, 1536. 51, [7] ff. Main text in parallel columns with side-notes. Folio (15-1/4" x 10-1/2"). Contemporary vellum derived from choirbook, faint early hand-lettered title to head of front board, early hand-lettered title panel and shelf label to spine. Some soiling and a few minor stains, minor worm holes and tracks in a few places, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges starting, front free endpaper lacking, fragment of later bookplate to front pastedown, fainst embossed library stamp to title page of Sup. III. Lib. C. Lectura. Title pages with woodcut architectural frames and large printer devices printed in red and black, woodcut and crible decorated initials. Moderate toning and faint dampstaining to text block, light soiling, a few tears and edgewear to title page of Sup. III. Lib. C. Lectura with loss to border at head of leaf, some edgewaer and worming to final leaf of Super Autenticis with minor loss to headline. $2,500. * Baldus de Ubaldis, a pupil of Bartolus, was one of the great jurists of Medieval Europe. He taug.
Public Laws of the State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations.

Public Laws of the State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations.

Rhode Island With a Broadside Listing the Rules and Regulations of the Rhode Island House of Representatives [Rhode Island]. Public Laws of the State of Rhode-Island and Providence Plantations Passed Since the Session of the Hon. General Assembly in January, A.D. 1798. Providence: Printed by Jones & Wheeler, 1810. 144 pp, [38] bound-in leaves, bound-in 10-1/2" x 8-1/4" broadside bound after rear free endpaper. At head of title: A Supplement to the Digest of the Laws.1798. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary quarter sheep over plain paper boards, untrimmed edges. Moderate rubbing with some wear to spine ends and corners, faint early signatures and other marks to boards, hinges cracked. Light browning and foxing, faint dampstaining to head of text block near gutter, early owner signatures (Samuel Gibbs, William Brown) to front free endpaper, brief annotations (and doodles) to some of the leaves at the rear of the text, a few clean tears along folds of broadside. $750. * The bound-in leaves are from later volumes of session laws from 1811 to 1813. Many of these have an annotation reading "Sheriff, Kent" or "Sheriff, Kent County" and a date of 1812 or 1813. The broadside after the text is titled "Rules and Regulations, To be Observed in the House of Representatives of the State of Rhode-Island and Providence-Plantations." A well-respected citizen of Kent county, Gibbs [1777-1868] was a farmer, militia officer, sheriff, justice of the peace and judge. We were not able to trace the identity of William Brown. Arnold, James N., Editor, The Narragansett Historical Register Vol. IX, No. 2 (1891):174-175. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 457-458.
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Judges Judged Out of Their Own Mouths [Bound with Four Other Titles]

Jones, John 5 titles in 1. London: 1649-1651. Five Works Written at the End of the English Civil War by a Spirited Enemy of the Stuart Kings Jones, J[ohn]. Judges Judged Out of Their Own Mouthes. Or the Question Resolved by Magna Charta, &c. Who Have Been Englands Enemies, Kings Seducers, And Peoples Destroyers, From Hen. 3. To Hen. 8. And Before and Since. Stated by Sr. Edward Coke, Knt.And Put to the Vote of the People. London: Printed by W. Bently, and are to be sold by E. Dod, and N. Ekins, at the Gun in Ivy-Lane, 1650. [iv], 96, 99-117, [1] pp. Irregular pagination, but complete. Only edition, one of two issues from 1650. [Bound with] The Peace of Justice, Or, The Authoritie of a Justice of Peace: Anciently Established Amongst the First Principles of the Fundamental Laws of England, Under the Names of Conservators, &c. Continually Confirmed by Parliaments from Time to Time; But Eftsoon Over-Born by Corrupt Superiorities, Till Now Restored to Its Pristine Libertie, By the Keepers of the Libertie of England. London: printed by W. Bentley, for W. Shears, 1650. [viii], 23, [5] pp. The first leaf bears a emblematic woodcut, last leaf blank. Only edition. [And] The New Returna Brevium, Or the Law Returned from Westminster and Restored in Brief to Its Native, Antient, And Proper Habitation, Language, Power, Puritie, Integritie, Cheapness, Briefness, Plainness. Rescued Out of the Sacrilegious Hands, Barbarous Disguises, Aenigmatical Intricacies, Lucrative Constructions, Extorted Verdicts, False Judgments, & Bribeful Executions of Her Perjured Impostors, False Interpreters, Iailers, Catchpols, Attorneys, &c. London: Printed by William Du-Gard, 1650. [x], 83, [1] pp. First of two editions, the other published in 1653. [And] Jurors Judges of Law and Fact: Or, Certain Observations of Certain Differences in Points of Law Between a Certain Reverend Judg, Called Andr. Horn, And an Uncertain Author of a Certain Paper. London: Printed by W.D. For T.B. & G.M, [1650]. [xxiv], 94, [2] pp. Last leaf blank. Only edition. [And] The Crie of Blood: Or, A True Answer to those Thirteen Fals Reasons of the Filicers, Attournies, &c Practising at Westminster, For the Maintenance of the Capias and Arrest of Men's Bodies for Debt. London: Printed by William Du-Gard, For Thomas Matthews, 1651. [xxvi], 68 pp. O.
Report of the Copy-Right Case of Wheaton v. Peters

Report of the Copy-Right Case of Wheaton v. Peters, Decided in the.

Trial; Wheaton et al v Peters et al. The First U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on Copyright [Trial]. [Wheaton et al v. Peters et al]. Report of the Copy-Right Case of Wheaton v. Peters. Decided in the Supreme Court of the United States. With an Appendix, Containing the Acts of Congress Relating to Copy-Right. New York: Printed by James Van Norden, 1834. 176 pp. Errata sheet tipped-in between pp. 136 and 137. Octavo (9-3/4" x 6-1/4"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper location label to spine, endpapers renewed, hinges reinforced with cloth. Light soiling, a few chips to lettering pieces, crack in text block between front endleaf and title page. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves, faint library stamps, one embossed, to title page, library markings to verso. $750. * First and only edition, one of two issues from 1834, the other published in Washington, DC. In this case, the first U.S. Supreme court ruling on copyright, Henry Wheaton, former reporter of the Supreme Court, sued Richard Peters, then the current reporter, for copyright infringement based on Peters's inclusion in his publication, Condensed Reports, of decisions originally reported by Wheaton. The decision of the court stated: "It may be proper to remark that the Court is unanimously of opinion that no reporter has or can have any copyright in the written opinions delivered by this Court, and that the judges thereof cannot confer on any reporter any such right." Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 11538.
A Briefe Treatise of Testaments and Last Willes

A Briefe Treatise of Testaments and Last Willes, Very Profitable.

Swinburne, Henry Beale T498. First Edition of the First Standard Treatise on Wills Swinburne, Henry [1560?-1623]. A Briefe Treatise of Testaments and Last Willes, Very Profitable to be Understoode of All the Subjects of This Realme of England, (Desirous to Know, Whether, Whereof, And How, They May Make Their Testaments: And by What Meanes the Same May be Effected or Hindered,) And no Lesse Delightfull, Aswell for the Rareness of the Worke, As for the Easines of the Stile, And Method: Compiled of such Lawes Ecclesiasticall and Civill, As be Not Repugnant to the Lawes, Customes, Or Statutes of this Realme, Nor Derogatorie to the Prerogative Royall. In which Treatise Also are Inserted Divers Statutes of this Land, Together with Mention of Sundrie Customes, As Well General as Particular, Not Impertinent Thereunto: Besides Divers Marginall Notes, And Quotations Not to be Neglected, Especially of Iustinianists, Or Young Students of the Civil Law: With Two Tables, The One Analytical, Describing the Generall Order of the Whole Treatise: The Other Alphabeticall, Disclosing the Particular Contents Thereof: That in the Beginning; This in the End of the Booke. London: Printed by Iohn Windet, 1590 [colophon date 1591]. [xii], 293, [14] ff. Errata leaf present. As in many copies, our copy lacks the pasted one-word slip-cancel on Leaf K5r (Fol. 65) (changing "whether" to "where"). Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Later library cloth, calf lettering piece and residue from paper location label to spine, endpapers added. Light soiling, joints starting, text block neatly detached. Moderate toning to text, light soiling in places, early owner signature and initials and later library stamp to title page, small library mark to verso. $750. * First edition. The testamentary jurisdiction of ecclesiastical law was a separate branch that produced its own literature. From the sixteenth until well into the seventeenth century Swinburne's was the standard treatise on this subject. Holdsworth, who cites it often and considers it "the most practically useful book of [its] period" notes that "it is a very useful summary of the law as to wills and executors as administered in the ecclesiastical courts.": A History of English Law V:14. English Short-Title Catalogue S118058. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books T498.
The Administration of the Colonies

The Administration of the Colonies, third edition, 1766

Pownall, Thomas London: for J. Dodsley and J. Walter, 1766. A Supporter of American Liberty Pownall, Thomas [1722-1805]. The Administration of the Colonies. The Third Edition, Revised, Corrected, and Enlarged. To Which is Added, An Appendix, No. III, Containing, Considerations on the Points Lately Brought into Question as to the Parliament's Right of Taxing the Colonies, And of the Measures Necessary to be Taken at this Crisis. London: Printed for J. Dodsley and J. Walter, 1766. [xxviii], 202, 60, 52 pp. With a half-title. Seven woodcuts text at pp. 172-1744 reproducing the marks of Native American sachems (chiefs). Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt ornaments to spine, gilding rubbed away from title, gilt tooling to board edges. Negligible light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, corners bumped. Light toning to text, light soiling to a few leaves, small hole to head of front endleaves and half-title. $2,750. * Third edition. Pownall was governor of Massachusetts from 1757 to 1759, after which "he remained an acknowledged expert on Britain's colonial affairs in general, especially the American colonies that declared independence in 1776. Pownall's most influential statement in this respect was his Administration of the Colonies, first published in 1764. Pownall consciously sought in this work to identify himself as a supporter of American liberty. Although he feared that Britain was losing control of its colonies, he wrote that the Americans were entitled to the same rights of representative government as their fellow subjects in England, Scotland, and Wales" (ODNB). The first edition was published in 1764, its final edition in 1777. Appendix No. III. is an assessment of Parliament's right to tax its colonies drawn from the then-recent history of the Stamp Act (1765-1766). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online edition). Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 64816. English Short-Title Catalogue T90025.
The Tradesman's Lawyer and Countrey-Man's Friend.

The Tradesman’s Lawyer and Countrey-Man’s Friend.

Layman's Guide London, 1703. 1st ed. rare. Legal Advice for Tradesmen [Layman's Guide]. The Tradesman's Lawyer and Countrey-Man's Friend: 1. Directing Them in Contracts, Bargains and Agreements, Whereby They May Learn to Buy and Contract Safely, And Cautiously Avoid Being Over-Reached in Their Bargains, &c. 2. Concerning Borrowing, Lending and Restoring, And of Goods Pledged and Pawned. 3. Setting Forth Several Other Adjudged Cases Relating to Tradesmen, &c. 4. Cases Relating to Farmers, And Concerning Stoppage of Ways, Watercourses, Lights, Commons, and Several Other Nusances. 5. Concerning Scandalous Words Purposely Spoken to Prejudice and Abuse Tradesmen, &c. 6. Concerning Leases, Mortgages, Corn, Waste, Distresses, &c. Also Many Other Matters Relating to Landlord and Tenant. 7. Concerning Discharging and Ending of Actions, Suits, and Controversies, And Therein Largely Concerning Arbitrements, Awards and Umpirage, With All Their Circumstances. 8. Certain Statute Laws, Concerning Labourers, Tradesmen, Artificers, Apprentices, Servants, Petty Chapmen, &c. Collected from the Antient and Modern Law Books, And Confirmed by Several Authorities, And Therefore May be Useful as Well to the Professors of the Law, As to Tradesmen and Others. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins Esqs., 1703. [viii], 424 pp. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and early hand-lettered title to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Negligible light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards, corners lightly bumped, rear hinge cracked. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places, tiny worm track near upper corners of final four text leaves, rear free endpaper and rear pastedown, early owner annotation to pp. 10 and 34 and rear free endpaper. A notably well-preserved copy of a rare title. $4,500. * First edition. An early form of "consumer protection," this book was written to protect members of the middle ranks of English society from the "cunning" of "persons of a higher Rank," who always enjoyed the "Learning and Leisure to read the Law." Two later editions were published in 1709 and 1720 with the title Gentleman's Assistant, Tradesman's Lawyer and Country-Man's Friend. The ESTC and OCLC locate 7 copies worldwide, 1 in a law library (Library of Congress). English Short-Title Catalogue.
Non Compos Mentis

Non Compos Mentis, Or, The Law Relating to Natural Fools, Mad-Folks.

Brydall, John London, 1700. 1st edition. "Natural Fools, Mad-Folks, And Lunatick Persons" Brydall, John [b. 1635?]. Non Compos Mentis: Or, The Law Relating to Natural Fools, Mad-Folks, And Lunatick Persons, Inquisited, And Explained, For Common Benefit. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, for Isaac Cleave, 1700. [xvi], 127, [1] pp. Final page is a publisher advertisement. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and early hand-lettered title to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. A few minor nicks, scuffs and some small inkspots to boards, light wear to spine ends, front joint starting at foot, corners bumped and lightly worn, rear hinge starting. Light browning and faint dampspotting, minor worming to margins in a few places, clean tears to leaves F (pp. 65-66) and G2 (pp. 83-84). $3,000. * Only edition. Brydall was a fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, and a bencher of Lincoln's Inn. A remarkably prolific writer, he published 36 legal treatises, and left 30 others in manuscript at the time of his death. All of these are brief, synthetic works. Holdsworth says they are good summaries that are "clearly arranged and based on the leading authorities." Fascinating for its insights into English ideas about mental illness during the 17th century, this treatise also considers the legal nature of "idiots", "persons furious, or distracted" and "drunkards." Holdsworth, A History of English Law VI:600, 605. English Short-Title Catalogue R19885.
Pupillorum Patrocinium

Pupillorum Patrocinium, Legum et Praxeos Studiosis, Non Minus.

Damhouder, Josse de [Jodocus]; Jost de Damhouder Antwerp: Ioannem Bellerum, 1564. 3rd Rev. ed. Contains the First Illustration of an Auction to Appear in a Book Damhouder, Josse (Joost) de [1507-1581]. Pupillorum Patrocinium, Legum et Praxeos Studiosis; Non Minus Utile Quam Necessarium, Iconibus Materiae Subiectae Convenientibus Illustratum, Iam Denuo Vigili Cura, & Non Poenitenda Accessione Locupletatum. Item De Magnificentia Politiae Amplissimae Civitatis Brugarum, Cum Eiusdem Topographia, & In Laudem Aplissimi Senatus Oratione. Subhastationum Compendiosa Exegesis, Iterum Recognita & Locupletata. Index Verborum Rerunque Locupletissimus. Antwerp: Apud Ioannem Bellerum, 1564. [xii], 180, [18] ff. Main text in parallel columns. 12 woodcut plates, 1 double-page. Quarto (7-1/2" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary limp vellum, early hand-lettered title to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate soiling, light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn. Moderate toning, light foxing and faint dampstaining to a few leaves, light edgewear faint early owner signature and a few minor tears to title page, another minor tear to f. 71., paper repairs to margins of title page, fol. 1 and fol. 71. An attractive copy of a scarce edition. $4,500. * Third edition. First published in 1544, this is a comprehensive treatise on the law of guardians and wards. Like Damhouder's works on civil and criminal law, Pupillorum Patrocinium has plates that illustrate points in the text. One depicts three young orphans with their guardian, tutor, godfather, conservator and executor before a magistrate, facing preface. Other plates depict situations in later stages of life, such as a guardian introducing a child to a teacher, the guardian and child at a shoemaker's shop and the guardian making a record of his charge's assets with an accountant. This edition incorporates two other works. De Magnificentia Policiae Amplissimae Civitatis Brugarum, first published in 1544, is a political and sociological study of Bruges. It is illustrated with a folding plan of the city. Subhastationum Compendiosa Exegesis, first published in 1546, is a brief treatise on public sales. It has an illustration of an auction scene. This is believed to be the first depiction of an auction to appear in a book. OCLC locates 10 copies in North America, 5 in law libraries (Columbia, George Washington University, Harvard, Library of Congress, Yale). Dekkers,
Tractatus Singularis De Universo Alluvionum Jure

Tractatus Singularis De Universo Alluvionum Jure

Aimo, Battista; Fritsch, Ahasver, Editor Notable Treatise on Riparian Law with Illustrations and Three Folding Tables Aimo, Battista [1550-1589]. Fritsch, Ahasver [1629-1701], Editor. Tractatus Singularis De Universo Alluvionum Jure, (Von Zuwachs- oder Anflossungs-Recht). Ante Annos Septuaginta Primum Editus, Nunc Vero Diligenter Revisus, A Plurimis Mendis Repurgatus, Novisque Notis & Animadversionibus Adauctus. Opera & Studio Ahasveri Fritschi. Jena: Sumtibus Zachariae Hertel, 1675. [xxiv], 536 (i.e. 556), 36 pp. Three folding tables. 33 text woodcuts. Quarto (7-3/4" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, some chipping to spine ends, joints just starting at head, some offsetting to margins of endleaves. Title page printed in red and black. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, light soiling to title page. $2,250. * Second edition by Fritsch. Aimo's influential treatise addresses a thorny aspect of riparian law: alluvium, that is, soil deposited on a shore by a river that modifies the dimensions of a parcel of land. A fine example of humanistic legal scholarship, it is notable for its application of geometry-based surveying techniques, which are illustrated in the plates woodcuts. First published in 1580, it went through several editions into the eighteenth century. The illustrations in this edition add German case studies to Aimo's Greek and Roman examples. One of the tables includes an image of the Neckar River. Das Verzeichnis der im Deutschen Sprachraum Erschienenen Drucke des 17. Jahrhunderts 12:150780R.
Baron and Feme

Baron and Feme, A Treatise of the Common Law Concerning Husband and.

Marriage Law, Great Britain London, 1700. First edition. First Edition of the First English Treatise on Family Law [Marriage Law]. [Great Britain]. Baron and Feme: A Treatise of the Common Law Concerning Husbands and Wives. Wherein is Contained the Nature of a Feme Covert, And of Marriages, Bastardy, The Privileges of Feme Coverts: What Alterations are Made by Marriage as to Estates, Leases, Goods, and Actions. What Things of the Wife Accrue to the Husband by the Intermarriage, Or Not. What Acts, Charges, Forfeitures by the Husband, Shall Bind the Wife After His Death, Or Not; Of Jointures and Pleadings, Fines and Recovery, Conveyances and Other Law Titles Relating to Baron and Feme. Of Wills, And Feme Covert Being Executrix. Of the Wife's Separate Disposition and Maintenance. What Amounts to the Disposition of the Wife's Term by the Husband. Of Actions Brought by or Against Baron and Feme. What Actions Done, Or Contracts Made by the Wife, Shall Bind Her Husband. Of Indictments and Informations Against Them. Of Baron and Feme's Joinder in Action. Of a Feme Sole Merchant. Declaration and Pleas &c. of Divorces &c. With Many Other Matters Relating to the Said Subject; And Some Useful Precedents. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkyns Esquires, for John Walthoe, 1700. [xxxii], 380, [36] pp. Publisher advertisement facing title page. Four numbered advertisement leaves following index not present in our copy. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2") Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and early hand-lettered title to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Negligible light rubbing to boards, tiny inkspot to rear boards, corners bumped and lightly worn, rear hinge starting. Light toning, slightly heavier in places, occasional early annotations in contemporary hand to margins, aditional annotations to rear free endpaper, faint (often very faint) dampstaining to foot of text block in a few places. A notably well-preserved copy. $6,500. * First edition. Passing through subsequent editions in 1719 and 1738, this was the first English treatise devoted exclusively to family law. It is a broadly conceived work. "I have herein considered Baron and Feme in all the circumstances of life, from the solemnization of marriage to the divorce, and have not omitted 'those collatera.
A Complete Digest of the Theory

A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws, And Practice of Insurance.

Weskett, John Comprehensive (and Scarce) Eighteenth-Century Treatise on Insurance Weskett, John. A Complete Digest of the Theory, Laws, And Practice of Insurance; Compiled from the Best Authorities in Different Languages, Which are Quoted and Referred to Throughout the Work; And Arranged in Alphabetical Order, Under Many Select Heads, With Ample References, And a General Index;Affording Immediate and Full Information, on Every Distinct Matter, Question, Or Point. With a Preliminary Discourse; Wherein are Delineated the Very Great Disorders which Prevail in Affairs on Insurance; Their Principal Causes Explained; And Methods Proposed for Better Regulation and Prevention. Dublin: Printed for Elizabeth Lynch, 1783. [vi], lxxxiv, 612, [4] pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Later library cloth, calf lettering piece and paper location label to spine, endpapers added. Light soiling, corners lightly bumped and worn, front board detached, rear joints and hinge starting, a few partial cracks to text block. Light browning and occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining to margins in a few places, early owner signature and later library stamp to title page, library markings to verso. $500. * Dublin issue of the second edition. The book begins with a critical 80-page essay on insurance law that proposes several reforms. The main body is a remarkably comprehensive legal and historical digest concentrating on marine insurance, but also discussing life and fire insurance. There are frequent references to America, and considerable discussion of international law, the laws of war and the work of such important economists and theorists as Cantillon, Child, Cary, Postlethwayt, De Moivre and Price. A second, and final, London edition was published in 1783. Dublin reprints were issued in 1783 and 1794, a German translation in 1782-87. The critical 80-page essay was also published separately in 1789. All of these are scarce. Concerning the 1783 Dublin edition, OCLC locates 10 copies in North American law libraries. This edition not in Goldsmiths.' Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:528 (105).
Oeuvres Posthumes de Maitre Louis d'Hericourt

Oeuvres Posthumes de Maitre Louis d’Hericourt, Avocat au Parlement

Hericourt du Vatier, Louis d' Paris, 1759. 4 vols. only edition. The Leading French Canonist of His Time Hericourt du Vatier, Louis d' [1687-1752]. Oeuvres Posthumes de Maitre Louis d'Hericourt, Avocat au Parlement. Paris: Desaint & Saillant, Durand, Cellot, 1759. Four volumes. Quarto (10" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary calf with cat's-paw decoration, gilt spines with raised bandsn and lettering pieces, edges ot text blocks rouged, ribbon markers. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, some wear to ends of markers, front hinge of Volume I starting, tiny chip to head of spine of Volume II, a few hinges starting, later armorial bookplates (of F. De Valenzi) to front pastedowns of Volumes I-III and rear pastedown of Volume IV. A scarce set in a handsome binding. $1,850. * Only edition. This handsome set collects the legal opinions and other writings of a distinguished avocat of the Parlement of Paris. Camus notes that Hericourt de Vatier was known as teh leading French canonist of his day. Contents: Volume I: Consultations Canoniques et Civiles; Volumes II-III: Memoires sur des Questions de Droit Civil; Volume IV: Memoires sur des Questions de Droit Canonique. OCLC locates 8 copies in North America, 3 in law libraries (Harvard, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan). Camus, Bibliotheque Choisie des Livres de Droit 1445.
In Codicis Dn Iustiniani [Bound with] In Usus Feudorum.

In Codicis Dn Iustiniani [Bound with] In Usus Feudorum.

Placentinus, Petrus; Rhodius, Nikolaus; Zasius, U. 3 titles in 1. 1534-1536. -- Placentinus, Petrus [d.1192]. Rhodius, Nikolaus [fl. 1530-1535], Editor. In Codicis Dn. Iustiniani Sacratissimi Principis ex Repetita Praelectione Libros IX. Summa a Placentino Legum Interprete Excellentissimo Ante 400. Ferme Annos Conscripta et nunc Primum in Lucem Aedita. Accessit Praeterea Index Geminus, In quo Omnes Huius Summae Tituli, Non tam Secundum Librorum, Quam Secundum Alphabeti Ordinem, Pulcherrime Demonstrantur. Mainz: [In Officina Iuonis Schoeffer], 1536. [xxviii], 454, [2] pp. [Bound with] Zasius, Ulrich [1461-1535]. Freige, Nicolaus (and Others), Editor. In Usus Feudorum Epitome, Ordine Et Utilitate Commendabilis. Eiusdem Orationes Aliquot Disertae, Tum in Laudem Legum, Tum Funebres. Basel: Apud Io. Bebelium, 1535. [xxiv], 174, [2] pp. [And] Aytta, Wigle van [1507-1577]. Commentaria Viglii Zuichemi Phrysii in Decem Titulos Institutionum Iuris Civilis, Quibus Omnia Pene Testamentorum Iura Eleganter ac Dilucide Explicantur. Titulorum Catalogum Sequens pagina Indicabit. Basel: In Officina Frobeniana, 1534. [viii], 192, [12] pp. Contemporary paneled pigskin, eighteenth-century speckled paper, gilt ornaments and lettering piece to spine, ties lacking (possibly removed when the spine was "modernized"). Light soiling, a few minor worm holes, moderate rubbing to extremities with light wear to paper covering spine, corners bumped, front endleaves lacking, front hinge cracked, minor worming to rear pastedown and free endpaper, which has some edgewear and a chip to its top-edge near the gutter. Notably elegant woodcut initials in all three titles. Light toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing, light soiling to title pages, lower margin trimmed from title page of Codicis with no loss to text. $4,500. * Only edition: Codicis; first edition: Usus Feudorum, Commentaria. Written around 1180, Placentinus's exposition of Justinian's Code (then believed to contain 9 books) was one of the great legal works of the medieval era. Rhodius's edition was the first printed version of this work. Zasius's Usus Feudorum, his last work, is a study of feudal land law, Aytta's Commentaria is a study of the Title X of the Justinian's Institutes, "Concerning the Execution of Wills." Usus Feudorum and Commentaria went through several e.
Der Auf Neue Manier Abgefaste und Expedite Notarius

Der Auf Neue Manier Abgefaste und Expedite Notarius, Bound with 2.

Salander; Schade, Franz Henning; Ludovici, J F. 3 titles in 1. Useful to the German Lawyer or Law Student Salander (Schade, Franz Henning) [1699-1732]. Der Auf Neue Manier Abgefaste und Expedite Notarius, Worinnen Der I. Theil der Notarien Geschaffte, Amts-Verrichtungen, Darauff sich das Examen Grundet, Wie auch Kaysers Maximiliani I. Constitution von Notarien de Anno 1512. Und andere Edicta &c. Der II. Theil alle Cautelen und Formulen, So bey Obligationen, Burgschafften, Kauff- Mieth- Oder Pacht-Gesellschaffts-Contract, Bey Vollmachten, Tutelen, Erbschafften, Schenckungen, Wechseln, Vergleichen, Zahlungen, Quittungen, Enden, Attestaten, Recessien, Vidimir- und Infinuirungen, Suppliquen, Registraturen, Protocollen u.d.g. zu Observiren, Der III. Theil aber den Notarium Immatriculatum, Nebst einen Worter-Lexicon, neuen Anhange und Vollstandigen Register Vorstellet. Allen Notarien, Actuarien, Studiosis und Andern Schreibern zu Nutz und Gebrauch nach dem gewohnlichen und Heutigen Curial-Stylo Eingerichtet, Revidiret und zum Drittenmahl Heraus Gegeben von Salandern. Frankfurt and Leipzig: Zum Finden bey Hierontmo Philippo Ritscheln, 1720. [xiv], 832, [16] pp. Copperplate pictorial frontispiece. [Bound with] Ludovici, Jacob Friedrich [1671-1723]. Usus Practicus Distinctionum Juridicarum, Juxta Ordinem Digestorum Adornatus. Rivisa & Aucta Duplici Indice. Halle: Sumptibus Orphanotrophei, 1717. [lxxvix], 171; 175; 199 pp. Three parts, each with title page and individual pagination. Copperplate portrait frontispiece (of Justinian I). [And] Rivinus, Quintus Septimius Florens [1651-1713]. Specimen Exceptionum Forensium, Exhibens Dilatorias ad Usum Fori Saxonici Accomodatas in Gratiam Auditorum Suorum. Leipzig: Apud Dav. Fleischeri Viduam, 1719. [ii], 279, [2] pp. Octavo (6" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary vellum, edges rouged. Light spotting, moderate rubbing, vellum just beginning to crack through pastedowns. Title pages printed in red and black. Moderate toning, light foxing and faint dampstaining in a few places, headlines and lower margins affected in places by trimming with no loss to legibility, light edgewear to frontispieces. $4,500. * This volume collects later editions of three works that would have been useful to a German lawyer or law student. Enhanced by a law dictionary, Salander's Neue Manier Abgefaste und Expedite Notarius is a thoroug.
Modus Legendi Abbreviaturas [Bound with] Cases Longi Super Institutis

Modus Legendi Abbreviaturas [Bound with] Cases Longi Super Institutis

Schussenried, Werner von; Guido de Cumis, Guido A Fifteenth-Century Legal Reference Library Schussenried, Werner von [et al.] Modus Legendi Abbreviaturas in Utroq[ue] Iure, Sive Processus Iuris. [Strasbourg: Printer of the 1483 Jordanus de Quedlinburg (Georg Husner), 9 August 1490]. [126] ff. Text in parallel columns. Collation: a8 b6 c8 d6 e8 f-v6. Complete. [Bound with] Guido de Cumis. Casus Longi Super Institutis. [Strasbourg: Johann Pruss, about 1488-1493]. [84] ff. Text in parallel columns. Collation: A8 B-K6 L8 M6 N8. Lacking final blank leaf. Folio (11-1/4" x 8-1/4"; 29 x 21 cm). Contemporary paneled pigskin, raised bands to spine, pigskin clasps with pigskin straps and brass hardware, lower strap and clasp renewed, faint hand-lettered early title to head of front board. Moderate soiling, several worm holes to baords and spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, section of rear pastedown renewed. Light toning, several worm holes and a few worm tracks to text block with no loss to legibility, faint dampstaining to margins in a few places, some edgewear to cornes of the first four leaves of Modus Legendi and final 23 leaves of Casus Longi, light soiling to title pages, later owner inscription to front free endpaper, "33" in later hand to title page of Modus Legendi, later doodles to rear endleaf. $9,500. * This volume collects a group of classic medieval and early-modern texts. The Modus Legendi Abbreviaturas is a dictionary of abbreviations compiled by Wernherus von Schussenried. It is accompanied by the Processus Juciarius of Johannes Auerbach, a handbook on procedure, the Tractatus de Praesumptionibus of Bartolo of Sassoferrato (attributed to Auerbach in this edition), a treatise on legal reasoning and conjecture, the Summa Qualiter Notorii and Tractatus Notariatus of Dominicus of Visentina, handbooks on notaries and legal process, the Defensorium Juris of Gerardus of Rheinau, a handbook on defense procedure, the Tractatus Exceptionum of Pope Innocent IV, a treatise on jurisdictional authority between higher and lower-ranking members of clergy, the Tractatus Praescriptionum of Dinus of Mugello, a study of land tenure in Roman law, the Arbitris et Arbitratoribus of Petrus Jacobus of Montepessulano, a handbook on arbitration, the Differ.