bookgirl.gif (3998 bytes)wdrbadd.gif (6603 bytes)

 

LAW BOOKS

BARTON, Charles. AN HISTORICAL TREATISE OF A SUIT IN EQUITY: In Which is Attempted a Scientific Deduction of the Proceedings Used on the Equity Sides of the Courts of Chancery and Exchequer, From the Commencement of the Suit to the Decree and Appeal; With Occasional Remarks on their Import and Efficacy; and An Introductory Discourse on the Rise and Progress of the Equitable Jurisdiction of Those Courts. Dublin: P. Byrne, 1796. 8vo, (xliv), 227, (14) as Index, (1). Contemporary full calf, red spine label gilt lettered, stamped decorative borders, chipped at spine head and tail, heavy rubbing to boards and edges, spine label incomplete, glue offsets to endpapers, light-moderate damp stains throughout with occasional foxing, overall a tight, good copy. $200.

¶ First Edition of the author’s study of English court procedures as they existed at the end of the 18th century. Barton (1768-1843), who published this work at the age of 28, was highly commended as a legal writer. "A useful historical treatise, admirable for its clear and judicious arrangement" (Blake). This text was widely read in America and seven editions were printed in Cincinnati between 1847 and 1909. Barton later wrote several extensive treatises on conveyancing. Marke, NYU Law Collection Catalogue p.520; Allibone’s I, p.137; DNB I, p.1263.

 

BLACKSTONE, William. COMMENTARIES ON THE LAWS OF ENGLAND. Oxford: Clarendon, 1767-9. 4 vols, 4to, (4), iv, (4), 485; (8), 520, xix; (8), 455, (1, blank), xxvii; (8), 436, vii, (1, blank), (39)pp. Contemp. full calf, rebacked, with gilt labels. Very good set. $3500.

¶ Mixed edition, as usual: vol. I, third; vol. II, second; vols III & IV firsts. Mixed edition, though, is "a most unfortunate term with misleading and negative connotations. The difficulty arose when Blackstone began revising his earlier volumes before getting the later ones in print" (J.D. Luttrell, "Two Centuries of Blackstone’s Commentaries." AB April 25, 1994, p.1808). Another curiosity of Blackstone’s magnum opus is that, despite making about £14,000 off the Commentaries and his lectures, and despite the efforts he took after publishing them to prevent the importation of pirated editions (including the commissioning of agents to patrol the Thames), he really had never intended to publish to work. It was only because his students, having transcribed and revised the contents of his lectures, were multiplying imperfect records of the lectures among themselves and even selling them to others, that he finally decided to publish his work. He was a Delegate of the Clarendon Press, which he had found "languishing in a lazy obscurity," but "as an example of bookmaking, with regard to type, paper and style, [the Commentaries] is of unusual merit" (Hicks, p.119).

"Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed the law as a vast, unintelligible and unfriendly machine; nothing but trouble, even danger, was to be expected from contact with it. Blackstone’s great achievement was to popularize the law and the traditions which had influenced its formation. He has been accused of playing to the gallery, of flattering the national vice of complacency with existing institutions. The charge is in many respects just; but it is no small achievement to change the whole climate of public opinion. The law might be as much an ass after Blackstone as before, but it was a familiar ass… If the English constitution survived the troubles of the next century, it was because the law had gained a new popular respect, and his was due in part to the enormous success of Blackstone’s work." PMM 212. Eller 1,2,4. For first eds., cf. Grolier.Bibl. Notes on 100 Engl. Books, 52. Rothschild 408.

 

[BOISSIEU], Denis Salvaing de. DE L’USAGE DES FIEFS ET AUTRES DROITS SEIGNEURIAUX. Grenoble: André Faure, 1731. 4to, (14), 326; (16), 252; 74, (2)pp. Full calf gilt, label lacking. Hinges a little shaky, edges rubbed, otherwise a very good copy. $325.

¶ Third edition, revised and enlarged. Salvaing (1600-83), a lawyer and powerful adviser to the court, published this legal work on fiefs and other seignorial rights first in 1664; it went through three successful editions, of which this is the most elaborate, containing many practical examples and references to Roman law. Not in Kress or Marke. Quérard VIII, 424. Cioranescu 61416.

 

BONALD, [Louis Gabriel Ambroise] de. DU DIVORCE, Considéré au XIXè Siècle relativement à l’Etat Public de Société. Paris: Adrien Le Clere, 1805. 8vo, (3), 306pp. Old half green vellum, joints rubbed. $300.

¶ Second edition. This study, one of the principal works on marriage and divorce, considers the subject historically, legally, and philosophically. The author (1754-1840) was famous for having predicted in 1796 the return of the Bourbons, though he did not specify when. His first book was, as a consequence, suppressed in 1796; he returned to France for Napoleon’s coronation and rose to a position of considerable political power as a minister of state in the 1820’s. His politics were most conservative; he opposed freedom of the press and chaired the commission of censorship. Not in Marke or Quérard. No edition in NUC.

 

[BRUNET, Pierre Nicolas]. ABREGE CHRONOLOGIQUE DES GRANDS FIEFS de la Couronne de France; Avec la Chronologie Des Princes et Seigneurs Qui les Ont Possédés Jusqu'à Leurs Réunions à la Couronne: Ouvrage Qui Peut Servir de Supplément à L'Abrégé Chronologique de l'Histoire de France, par M. le Président Hénault. Paris: Chez Desaint & Saillant, Chez J. Th. Hérissant, 1759. 8vo, xxvi, (6), 536, (6)pp. Full mottled calf, gilt lettering to maroon morocco spine label, raised bands, gilt compartments, French fillets, marbled edges, bookplate, some rubbing, crackling and wear to spine extremities, otherwise a nice, tight, very good copy. $250.

¶ First Edition, with page 536 incorrectly numbered 436, cancellandum and cancellans both present in gathering B, and inserted leaf in gathering C. Scarce. Barbier I, column 17. Brunet I, column 14.

 

CALLIENSI, Horatio Lucio. SACROSANCTI CONCILII TRIDENTINI CANONES, ET DECRETA…[with] INDEX LIBRORUM PROHIBITORUM Cum Regulus Confectis… Bassani: Antonium Remondinum, n.d., [ca. 1640s] 8vo, (16), 308, (42), 72pp, 1 plate. Contemporary full vellum wrappers, internally good, otherwise fair. $450.

¶ Rare edition of this history of the Council of Trent, with an Index of Prohibited Books at the end. "When printing was invented in the fifteenth century the Church, apprehending the threat to her domination over thought and belief, endeavoured to intensify her control over books, and in 1557 the Inquisition under Pope Paul IV drew up the first Index Librorum Prohibitorum… The Index has been revised from time to time and now lists some four thousand books forbidden throughout the world" (Craig, Banned Books of England, pp.18-19). Not in Adams, nor OCLC.

 

CALTHROP, Henry (or Calthorpe). REPORTS OF SPECIAL CASES Touching Several Customes and Liberties of the City of London… Whereunto is Annexed Divers Ancient Customs and Usages of the Said City of London. London: Abel Roper, 1670. Sm. 8vo, (8), 32, (48), 206pp. Modern half calf, marginal inoffensive waterstain. $1250.

¶ Best edition. "...stands almost alone in showing the customs of the City in action… includes his treatise on ‘Ancient Customs and Usages’." (Frognal cat. 51, #94 1978). There is a section of 48 unnumbered pages on the prisage of wine and on repairing wharves and docks. Scarce--one copy at auction since 1975. Wing C-311.

 

CARTHEW, Thomas. REPORTS OF CASES ADJUDGED IN THE COURT OF KING’S BENCH, From the Third Year of King James the Second, to the Twelfth Year of King William the Third. London: E. & R. Nutt…, 1728. 4to, (13), 520, (29)pp. Contemp. smooth calf, filleted, red morocco label. Extremities worn, boards rubbed, joints weak, previous owner’s signature to title page, some marginal annotations, but generally clean. A very good copy with descendent’s armorial bookplate. $350.

¶ First Edition of the distinguished barrister’s reports. Carthew’s career was advanced to a great degree by his relation to Lord Francis North, to whom he was connected by marriage. The volume was published by Carthew’s son, Thomas.

 

(Casement, Roger). NOYES, Alfred. THE ACCUSING GHOST Or Justice For Casement. London: Victor Gollancz, 1957. 8vo, 191pp. Original red cloth in yellow dust jacket. Ownership marks, discrete bookseller’s label, otherwise nearly fine. $25.

¶ First Edition. Noyes convincingly vindicates Sir Roger Casement, a rumored homosexual poet wrongly executed for high treason in 1916.

 

[CHRISTYN, J.B.] JURISPRUDENTIA HEROICA sive de Jure Belgarum circa Nobilitatem et Insignia… Brussels: Balthazar Vivien, 1668. 2 parts in one, folio, (14), 586, (29, index); (4), 174, (7, index)pp. With an engraved general title, numerous engravings in the text, and an inserted section of 14 double-page engraved plates of genealogies. Modern quarter calf, marbled boards, old inscription on half-title and engraved title, otherwise good. $2000.

¶ First Edition, very rare, of this anonymous work on Belgian law pertaining to the nobility and their insignia, lines of descent etc. According to Brunet there should be 16 genealogies, and later copies have 18, but this copy is bound with 14; however, the second part which Brunet says was issued later, is present here. No copy is listed in NUC or BL under author or title. Brunet III, p.602: "ouvrage fort recherché dans les provinces flamandes".

 

CORTE, Camillo de. Camilli de Curte, aduocati primarij... Prima pars Diuersorij iuris feudalis : in qua etiam distincte termini omnes feudorum, dum eriguntur, continentur in qua etiam decisiones quamplurimas per regia tribunalia multis abhinc annis editas ... studiosus lector inueniet, explanatumq[ue] materiam tum iure communi attento, tum iure regni reperiet. Venetiis: Georgium Variscum, 1603. 4to, (14), 91, (1) leaves. Contemporary full vellum; loose in binding otherwise good. $875.

¶ First Edition of a rare work on feudal law. OCLC record the LC copy only.

 

CROY, Homer. HE HANGED THEM HIGH. An Authentic Account of the Fanatical Judge Who Hanged Eighty-Eight Men. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1952. 8vo, 278pp, frontispiece, 9 b&w photo-illus. Beige cloth, red stamped spine label, dust jacket, fine in near very good dj. $45.

¶ First Edition. True account of the life and deeds of Isaac C. Parker, sole judge over Western Arkansas and the Indian Territory in the days of the great frontier and the most efficient judicial executioner in American history.

 

DAWES, Charles G. ESSAYS AND SPEECHES. With Extracts From the Journal of Rufus Fearing Dawes and an Address Upon the Army of the Potomac by General R. R. Dawes. With Portraits. Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1915. 8vo, vi, (1), 427pp, frontispiece, 2 plates. Contemporary three quarter brown morocco over marbled boards, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, bookplate, fine. $200.

¶ First Edition Inscribed and Signed by the Author, the lawyer, reknowned financier, co-recipient of the Nobel Prize for peace (1925), and Vice -President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. The essays herein concern federal business, monopoly, and banking laws, and currency reform, written prior to Dawes entry into politics. Scarce.

 

DICKINSON, John. LETTERS FROM A FARMER in Pennsylvania, to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies. With an Historical Introduction by R. T. H. Halsey. New York: The Outlook Co., 1903. Sm 4to, lxvii, 146, (2), (1)pp as colophon, photogravure on copper frontispiece, 1 line etching on copper, 1 Bierstadt color print. Quarter velin gilt lettered over blue paper boards, dust jacket, unopened, deckled edges, mild wear, offsets to free endpapers, publisher’s slipcase, fine in near fine dj with good+ slipcase. $150.

¶ Limited Edition of 260 copies on Van Gelder hand-made paper, a facsimile of the Boston, John Mein, 1768 issue, the first reprint of the "earliest serious study into colonial legal rights" (Howes). Originally issued in twelve weekly installments in the Pennsylvania Chronicle and Universal Advertiser 1767-1768, Letters…exhaustively and critically discussed the British Parliment’s attitude toward its American Colonies. So popular was the series that it was reprinted in almost all Colonial newspapers and released in its first edition in book form in the same year in Philadelphia. Dickinson was a Colonial barrister. Halsey provides excellent historical context and notes. This edition, the only reissue since 1774, is unrecorded by Howes. Cf. Sabin 20044; cf. Howes D329.

 

DODERIDGE, John. THE ENGLISH LAWYER. Describing a Method for the Managing of the Lawes of this Land. And Expressing the Best Qualities Requisite in the Student, Practizer, Judges and Fathers of the Same. London: Assignes of I. More, 1631. 4to, (8), 271pp, lacks final blank. Contemp. calf, hand lettered vellum label. Contemp. ink signatures of previous owners & Latin notes on first blank & on verso of last leaf, printed index of another work as front paste-down, sm. hole in C2 affecting a few letters, some leaves slightly browned. Very good. $1250.

¶ First Edition. The first part of the work provides guiding precepts for students and lawyers; the second part is an exposition of the rules and maxims of the law. Doderidge (1555-1628) held the office of solicitor-general for three years, during which tenure he argued the famous case of the post-nati against Thomas Egerton, Lord Ellesmere, holding that Scots born after the accession of James I to the English throne were not naturalized in England. He was later knighted and in 1607 became a justice of the king’s bench. Bacon writes that, as a judge, Doderidge was "very ready to give an opinion in secret," but as a lawyer, he did his pleading "like a good archer, he shoots a fair compass." Despite writing a number of works, legal and antiquarian, many of them still remain in manuscript. STC 6981.

 

DOMINGUEZ, Don Joseph. INFORME JURIDICO SOBRE LOS RELIGIOSOS, Graduados de Bachiller, con Cursos de sus Conventos, no son Habiles Opositores à las Cathedras de Filosofia Zaragoza: Francisco Revilla, [n.d., 1736]. 4to, 25pp, (3 blank)pp. 19th cent. half Spanish calf over marbled boards, gilt lettering, near fine. $275.

¶ First Edition of this rare legal report on the religious orders and colleges in Spain. Rare, only one copy in OCLC. Palau 75198.

 

DOUGLAS, Norman. D.H. LAWRENCE AND MAURICE MAGNUS. A Plea for Better Manners. [Florence]: Privately Printed, 1924. 8vo, 54pp, frontis. Orig. wrappers. A very good copy but for ink notation "First issue" to front wrapper. With the signature of Paul Jordan Smith. In later board slipcase. $75.

¶ First Edition of "one of the neatest spankings ever handed Lawrence, occasioned by his introduction to Magnus’s Memoirs of the Foreign Legion. Apart from the injustice he felt had been done Magnus, Douglas was angered by Lawrence’s practice of putting people he knew into his books. ‘Now this personality-mongering is a nuisance which has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished. It is not only bad literature but bad breeding. Can modern writers describe only people they know? Are they too lazy or too stupid to create a character of their own?…You can hardly pick up any volume of a member of this school whithout finding therein caricatures of some acquaintance–all unfavorably drawn and derided not with frank wit or invective or mockery or Rabelaisian laughter, but with that squeaky suburban chuckle which is characteristic of an age of eunuchs’" (Lawrence Clark Powell, "D.H. Lawrence and His Critics" Colophon, Jan., 1940). Roberts F2. Woolf A23.

 

FOSS, Edward. Biographia Juridica. A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF THE JUDGES OF ENGLAND From the Conquest to the Present Time 1066-1870. London: John Murray, 1870. Large 8vo, xv, 792pp. Contemp. half green morocco over green pebbled cloth, gilt lettering, raised bands, gilt dec. to spine extremes, gilt orn. compartments, marbled edges, mild wear, clean, near fine. $250.

¶ First Edition. Foss (1787-1870), founder and later president of the Incorporated Law Society, wrote this biographical dictionary, based upon original sources, to provide authoritative factual data to legal historians in a handy one volume work. It remains the authoritative reference to the subject.

 

FOURNEL, [Jean-François]. TRAITE DE L’ADULTERIE. Paris: Demonville, 1783. 12mo, xxiv, 495pp. Contemp. calf, spine gilt, somewhat worn. $400.

¶ Second edition, first 1778. Fournel (1745-1820), a famous lawyer, wrote a large number of legal books, including these curious works on seduction and adultery, perhaps his best known. Gay III, 1237. Quérard III, p.183. Not in Marke.

 

FOURNEL, [Jean-François]. TRAITE DE LA SEDUCTION, Considérée dans l’Ordre Judiciare. Paris: Demonville, 1781. 12mo, xvi, 462. (2)pp. Contemp. mottled calf, spine gilt. Good. $400.

¶ First Edition. Fournel (1745-1820), a famous lawyer, wrote a large number of legal books, including these curious works on seduction and adultery, perhaps his best known. "Ouvrage curieux par les faits qui s’y trouvent rapportés" (Claudin). Gay III, 1237. Quérard III, p.183. Not in Marke.

 

(Fuero…). FUERO JUZGO EN LATIN Y CASTELLANO, cotejado los mas antiguos y prociosos codices poar la real Academia Espanola. Madrid: Ibarra, 1815. Folio, (14), iii-xliv, (4), 162, (4), xvi, 231, (l)pp, engraved plate. Later printed wrappers with tear, some browning, otherwise very good. $225.

¶ Only Edition. A collection of the most ancient and important codices of the Spanish jurisdiction, in Latin and Spanish and with an introduction. This is a handsome production from the Ibarra press, which operated until 1836 under the direction of Joaquin Ibarra’s sons and grandsons. Palau 95538; not in Marke.

 

[HAYTER, Thomas]. AN ESSAY ON THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS, Chiefly as it Respects Personal Slander. London: J. Raymond, [1755]. 8vo, (4), 47, (1)pp. Modern red cloth. Small hole in half-title, otherwise very good. $500.

¶ Second edition of a defence of the right of a free press as an outgrowth of the natural and constitutional right of free speech. Hayter (1702-1762), Bishop successively of Norwich and London, preceptor to the prince of Wales, also wrote Examination of a Book Printed by the Quakers, 1741. No stranger to controversy, Hayter was said by contemporary gossips, Walpole among them, to be the illegitimate son of Archbishop Blackburne of York. In particular, he became embroiled over his role as preceptor to the Royal princes, and for his support for the Jews’ Naturalisation Bill of 1753. McCoy H.165. Goldsmiths 9072 (1st ed. also 1755). Higgs 1065 (also 1st ed.).

 

[HILL, Sir John]. THE STORY OF ELIZABETH CANNING considered by Dr. Hill… London: Cooper, 1753. 8vo, 52pp. Stitched as issued, edges chipped, occasional foxing & browning, otherwise good. $200.

¶ Hill’s pamphlet is the best known of several critical responses to Fielding's summation of the famous trial A Clear State of the Case of Elizabeth Canning. The novelist Henry Fielding (1707-1754) handled the kidnapping case of Canning (1734-1773), one of the most intriguing cases of perjury in the history of the English law.

 

(Homosexuality). SIGNIFICANT PRE-STONEWALL EPHEMERA REGARDING GAY BAR LITIGATION IN CHICAGO. N.p.: Sheffer Press, 1968. 8vo, 47pp. Printed wrappers, fine. $30.

¶ Abstract of Record, Johnkol, Inc. vs. License Appeal Commision, City of Chicago, Supreme Court of Illinois, September Term, A.D. 1968, No. 41679. On May 7, 1968, an undercover officer working the Tripp Lounge and Restaurant in Chicago claimed that he was solicited for homosexual acts. The bartender and owners of the lounge were arrested, and the bar closed, license revoked by the Local Liquor Control Board under order from the Commisioner, Chicago Mayor, Richard J. Daley. The defendants appealed, and having failed, argued before the Illinois Supreme Court. Plaintiff-Appellant’s counsel, Elmer Gertz, was one of the nation’s most respected First Amendment/Civil Liberties attorneys during the era having, in 1962, represented Grove Press and Henry Miller when Tropic of Cancer was unilaterally and without warrant seized from the shelves of bookstores throughout Cook County.

 

JACOB, Giles. THE NEW LAW-DICTIONARY: Containing the Interpretation and Definition of Words and Terms used in the Law… London: W. Strahan M. Woodfall…, 1772. Folio, unpaginated, contemp. full calf, joints cracked but sound, slightly rubbed. $850.

¶ Ninth edition, corrected and enlarged by Owen Ruffhead and J. Morgan. Jacob’s (1686-1744) intention was to state the whole of the law, and produce a work far different from previous dictionaries. In this he was largely successful and Holdsworth called his work "an entirely new departure in legal history". It combines the virtues of a dictionary, an abridgment, and a vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon and Norman French. The first edition appeared in 1729. Not in Marke.

 

JACOB, Giles. THE NEW LAW-DICTIONARY: Containing the Interpretation and Definition of Words and Terms used in the Law… London: Printed by Henry Lintot…, 1750. Folio, unpaginated, contemp. full calf, joints cracked but sound, spine end worn. Good copy. $675.

¶ Sixth edition, with the Law Proceedings translated into English and numerous other additions. Jacob’s (1686-1744) intention was to state the whole of the law, and produce a work far different from previous dictionaries. In this he was largely successful and Holdsworth called his work "an entirely new departure in legal history". It combines the virtues of a dictionary, an abridgment, and a vocabulary of Anglo-Saxon and Norman French. The first edition appeared in 1729. Not in Marke.

 

JOHNS, C.H.W. THE OLDEST CODE OF LAWS IN THE WORLD. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1903. 8vo, xii, 88, (4 as adv.)pp. Burgundy cloth, gilt lettered, slight wear to spine head and tail, otherwise near fine. $85.

¶ First Edition, fourth impression.

 

JONES, Edward of the Inner Temple. INDEX TO RECORDS CALLED, THE ORIGINALIA AND MEMORANDA on the Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer Side of the Exchequer: Extracted from the Records, and from the Manuscripts of Mr. Tayleure, Mr. Madox and Mr. Chapman… containing all the Grants of Abbey Lands, and other property granted by the Crown, from the Beginning of the reign of henry VIII to the end of Queen Ann. Also, Inrollments of Charters, Grants, and Patents to several religious houses… With Pleadings and Proceedings relative to the Tenures and Estates of the Nobility and Gentry… London: for the Editor, 1793-95. 2 vols in 1, folio, unpaginated, c.500pp. 19th-century half red morocco, joints cracked but holding, bookplate. Good. $165.

¶ First Edition, with the leaves of subscribers and the half-titles. Edward Jones (fl.1771-1831) was a native Welshman who lived chiefly in London and liked to describe himself as "of the Inner Temple" though he was not, according to the records. He wrote under the name ned Mon and was prominent in the London Gwyneddigion Society, publishing both in Welsh and in English, and editing the works of Dafydd ab gwilym. With the exeption of the prefaces and the addenda, the entire work is in Latin.

 

KELHAM, Robert. A DICTIONARY OF THE NORMAN OR OLD FRENCH LANGUAGE…To Which are added the Laws of William the Conqueror. London: Edward Brooke, 1779. 8vo, viii, 259, (1), xii, 88pp. Full calf rebacked, leather spine label lettered in gilt. Edges and corners worn, armorial bookplates, ink signature, otherwise a very good tight copy. $1250.

¶ First Edition - rare, no copy in OCLC or in the Cordell Collection. Kelham (1717-1808), legal antiquary, wrote on Selden, Britton and on the Domesday book.

 

(Law, John). [MELON, Jean François]. ESSAI POLITIQUE SUR LE COMMERCE. Amsterdam: François Changuion, 1735. Sm. 8vo, (4), (11, publisher’s ads), 251pp. Title printed in red, with engraved vignette portrait of Erasmus by B. Picart (1718). Contemp. calf, rebacked with orig. gilt spine and leather label laid down. A few leaves slightly foxed, else very fine. $750

¶ Second edition, preceded by a 12mo edition (in 3 issues) published in Rouen one year earlier. This work, "the inside account of the system of John Law (for whom the author was personal secretary), is important" (Palgrave). The publication of Melon’s Essai resulted in his famous controversy with Dutot. It was a great success in France and abroad and exerted a considerable influence, claims Schumpeter, who notes that the misleading term neo-mercantilism was coined to describe Melon’s economic theories. Actually, he stands as probably the first mercantilist theoretician in France, and his liberal ideas were praised by Voltaire. Carpenter, Economic Best-Sellers Before 1850, XIII, no.5. Hanson 5278 (Dublin, 1739 ed.). INED 3123. Kress 5374 (1754 ed.). McCulloch p.60. Palgrave II, 724. Schumpeter p.174. This edition not in Goldsmith.

 

(Law). T., G. of Staples Inn et al. THE PRACTICK PART OF THE LAW: Shewing the Office of an Attorney, and a Guide for Solicitors in all Courts of Westminster, viz. The Courts of the King’s-Bench, Common-Pleas and Exchequer, with the Manner of Their Proceedings in any Action Real, Personal or Mixt, From the Original to the Execution. As Also the Practice og the Courts in the City of London, Courts of Admiralty, Ecclesiastical Courts, and Other Inferior Courts in the Country. To Which is Added the Exact Table of Fees of All the Said Courts at Westminster as They Were Delivered INto the House of Commons, with the Abstract of the Parchment and Paper Act by Order of the Queen and Council. Carefully Corrected and Enlarged by Several Practisers of the Several Courts, and Brought Down to the Year 1695. With a New Table of the Principal Matters. London: John Walthoe, 1695. 8vo, (12), 576, (14) as Table, (2) as printer’s adv. Contemporary full calf, stamped ruled borders and decoration, spine chipped and flaked along length, light rubbing to edges, some spots and soiling to boards, text essentially clean, with a note included from the original owner on separate leaf. Overall, a good copy. $375.

¶ Third Edition of this early guide to the actual day to day practice of the law in England. The first edition was issued in 1652, with subsequent impressions throughout the 1650’s, into the 1670’s and early 1680’s. Marke, in the NYU Law Collection Catalogue, lists only a fifth edition, 1724. 17th century editions are quite scarce. Wing 7N.

 

 

LEONARD, William. REPORTS AND CASES OF LAW: Argued and Adjudged in the Courts of Law, at Westminster. In the Time of the Late Queen Elizabeth, from the 18th to the 33rd Year of her Reign. London: Will. Hughes, 1658. 4to, (12), 336, (7)pp. Quarter modern smooth calf over marbled boards, spine gilt. Light browning througout, occasional foxing, several marginalia, title written on fore-edge, otherwise fine. $300.

¶ First Edition. Leonard (1540-1615) was Professor of Law and a member of the Honourable Society of Grays Inn. His reports have always been held in high esteem. The publisher, William Hughes, got ahold of Leonard’s manuscripts after his death and translated them out of the original Anglo-Norman. Wing L1103.

 

LINDSEY, Ben[jamin] B. & Wainwright Evans. THE COMPANIONATE MARRIAGE. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1927. 8vo, xvi, 396pp. Orig. blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt. Very good copy, $35.

¶ First Edition. One of the most discussed books in its day, The Companionate Marriage was often decried but seldom read by its detractors. Lindsey’s proposal, "Legal marriage with legalized birth control and with the right to divorce by mutual consent for childless couples, usually without payment of alimony," was the storm center in many religious, medical, and legislative controversies, which usually involved a confusion of companionate marriage with trial marriage. In one instance, Lindsey was ejected from New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine after Bishop Manning had scathingly denounced the jurist. Lindsey (1869-1943) is also remembered for his tireless efforts on behalf of children. He introduced the first juvenile court in the U.S. in Denver and established in Los Angeles a conciliation court for divorce cases. Lindsey’s ideas about marriage were admired by Thomas Edison, Clarence Darrow, Luther Burbank, H.G. Wells, Havelock Ellis, and G.B. Shaw.

 

MACOMB, Alexander. A TREATISE ON MARTIAL LAW, AND COURTS-MARTIAL; As Practised in the United States of America. Published by Order of the United States Military Philosophical Society. Charleston, (S. C.): For the Author by J. Hoff, 1809. 8vo, (2), 6, 5-340pp. Contemp. full calf, boards loose, mod. rubbing, light foxing throughout, old gift inscription, otherwise good. $500.

¶ First Edition. Macomb (1782-1841), a protegé of Alexander Hamilton, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Army in 1799 and under the tutelage of Hamilton and Adj.-Gen. William North, a veteran of the Revolution, learned about the organization and administration of an army. He was one of two student officers to receive formal training at the newly created West Point and complete a course of study there. Later, Macomb negoiated with the Native-American tribes of the Southeast and fought in the War of 1812 where his defense of Plattsburg was honored by Congress and by the state and city of New York. His talents for organization and systemization were key to raising the contemporary U.S. Army to high operational standards. Sabin 83. DAB p.157.

 

(Marie Antoinette). PROCES CRIMINEL DE MARIE-ANTOINETTE de Lorraine, Archiduchesse d’Autriche... Paris: Denné, Toubon, Cordier, [1794]. Sm. 8vo, 116pp. With an engraved frontispiece. Modern calf, gilt spine, new endpapers, lacking pp.3-8, occasional foxing, otherwise a very good copy. $350.

¶ Only Edition. Anonymously compiled detailed account of Marie-Antoinette’s trial, including omissions and letters by the witness Charles Henri Estaing, as well as Marie-Antoinette’s confession. The frontispiece is engraved by Jean-Baptiste-Marie Louvion (1740-1804). Monglond III, p.60. Tourneux I, 4164. Not in Barbier, BM, BL or NUC.

 

MASTERSON, William E. JURISDICTION IN MARGINAL SEAS. With Special Reference to Smuggling. New York: Macmillan, 1929. 8vo, xxvi, 423pp. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered, stamped ruled borders, dust jacket, fine in very good dj. $40.

¶ First Edition, dealing primarily with jurisdiction over foreign craft to prevent the clandestine introduction of prohibited or dutiable goods into a nation’s commerce.

 

MATSUNAMI, Dr. N. IMMUNITY OF STATE SHIPS as a Contribution Towards Unification of the Laws on the Subject. London: Richard Flint, 1924. 8vo, xv, 208pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, light wear to extremities, scattered foxing, otherwise very good. $100.

¶ First Edition, With The Author’s Compliments slip pasted in, and what appears to be his signature in Japanese.

 

(Morrell, Ottoline). CANNAN, Gilbert. THE YOUNG EARNEST. The Romance of a Bad Start in Life. London: Margin Secker, (1915). 8vo, 317, (3, ads), 16 (ads)pp. Orig. cloth. Slight rubbing to spine & bumping to corners, still very good, with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $300.

¶ First Edition, the author’s dedicatory poem to Lady Ottoline Morrell initialled and dated in his hand. Gilbert Cannan (1884-1955), intimate of Lady Ottoline, is recorded by Sandra Darroch, in her biography of Morrell, as piquing the jealousy of Lytton Strachey, who frets over Morrell’s interest in Cannan. Canann, who had been a schoolmate of Henry Lamb, was the drama critic of the Star, but is especially remembered for having introduced Lady Ottoline to D.H. Lawrence.

 

NOYE, William. REPORTS AND CASES, Taken in the time of Queen Elizabeth, King James, and King Charles… Conteining Most Excellent matter of Exceptions to All Manner of Declatations, Pleadings, and Demurrers… With Two Necessary Tables of the Cases and Contents, for the Readers Ease and Benefit. London: Printed by T.R. for Samuel Heyrick…, 1669. 4to, (4), 185, (18)pp, black letter. Quarter modern calf over marbled boards, spine lettered in gilt. Light scribbling to title page, contemp. marginalia, some browning & foxing, very good. $250.

¶ Second Edition in English of the reports of Charles I’s great attorney general and henchman, William Noye (1577-1634), who prosecuted Henry Sherfield and William Prynne in their unfortunate cases. A counselor to the king as well as an attorney, Noye advised his king to raise ship-money without the consent of Parliament and was responsible for other tyrannical measures, such as the revival of the forest laws and the creation of the infamous soap monopoly. Nevertheless, Archbishop Laud was able to say of him that he was a "dear friend" and a stout champion of the Church. Wing N1450.

 

OLIVER, Thomas (ed.) DANGEROUS TRADES, The Historical, Social, and Legal Aspects of Industrial Occupations as Affecting Health New York: E.P. Dutton; London: John Murray, 1902. Thick 8vo, xxi, 891, (4 ads)pp, illustrations. Blue cloth, gilt. Library stamp of Mass. State Board of Health on endpaper and title, scuffing on spine,otherwise very good. $500.

¶ First Edition of a thorough study of turn-of-the-century industrial medicine, with chapters on child labor, women’s labor in the tin-plate and the aerated water industries, arsenic poisoning, dry cleaning toxins, flour mills, toxic paints, air of mines, quarries, explosives, anthrax, jute manufactures, eye diseases, and miscellaneous trades including cigar manfuacture, domestic servants, barmen, label-lickers, scriveners’ spasm, writers’ palsy, etc etc. G-M 2129.

 

OUTRAM, George. LEGAL & OTHER LYRICS, Containing a Number of New Pieces & Fifteen Illustrations by Edmund J. Sullivan. London, Edinburgh & Boston, (1916). 8vo, 204, (4)pp ads, frontis., full page plates. Cloth backed boards. Fine, unopened. $35.

¶ Enlarged edition with additions from the author’s manuscripts hitherto unpublished and several pieces restored to their original rendering. NCBEL 545.

 

(Paine). [BOWLES, John]. A PROTEST AGAINST T. PAINE’S "RIGHTS OF MAN:" Addressed to the Members of a Book Society, in Consequence of the Vote of Thier Committee for Including the Above Work in a List of New Publications Resolved to be Purchased for the Use of the Society. London: for T. Longman…, 1792. 8vo, xiv, 38pp. Stiff tan paper boards over cloth shelfback, stabholes through gutters of paper. Boards sun-stained & lightly soiled, right upper front corner bumped, extremities lightly worn, "one shilling" on title page crossed out & replaced with "6 p," corner of last page torn out with consequence to 5 lines of text, unopened. A very good copy. $100

¶ Fourth edition, with corrections and additions, of this acrimonious booklet by the pamphleteer John Bowles (1751-1819). NUC notes only 3 copies.

 

PAINE, Thomas. DROITS DE L’HOMME: En Response a l’Attaque de M. Burke sur la Revolution Francoise. Traduit d l’Anglois, par F. S[oulès]… Avec des Notes et une nouvelle Préface de l’Auteur. Paris: F. Buisson, Mai, 1791. 8vo, xii, 227pp. Fine uncut copy in old wrappers. $1100.

¶ First Edition in French, with a new preface by Paine. This French edition was issued in May, two or three months after the English edition, and includes a new preface by Paine not in the original edition. It is quite rare and was lacking in the Gimbel collection. NUC notes editions of 148 and also of 227 pages, both giving the translator’s name as Soulée on the title-page. Quérard VI, 646.

The attack Burke had made on the French Revolution in his Reflections on the Revolution in France infuriated Paine, particularly coming from his old friend, and he rushed his celebrated answer into print. The English edition had been first published on Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, 1791. The printer J. Johnson suppressed it on the day of publication and destroyed most of the copies. Paine subsequently found another publisher who insisted the book be toned down.

 

PEREZ DE LARA TOLETANO, Ildefonso. VITÆ HOMINIS In Jure Foriet Poli, A Ventre Concepto, Usque ad Perfectam Ætatem et Senectam. Tractatus Perutilis Continens Frequentiora, Quaætam in Judicijs, Quam Extra Pro Incrementis Ætatis Cuique Contingunt, & Jus Speciale Primitiuæ, & Ultimæ Ætatis. Pintiæ: Hieronymi Morillo, 1629. 4to in 6s, (12), 574, (42 Index)pp. Contemporary full vellum, soiled, age-toning throughout, a few leaves wormed, some contemporary underlining, otherwise a good copy with the Czartoryski bookplate. $750.

¶ First Edition. OCLC record 2 copies.

 

PERKINS, John. A PROFITABLE BOOKE…Treating of the Lawes of England. London: Company of Stationers, 1614. 12mo, (24), 168ff. Old limp vellum, lower hinge repaired. $1000.

¶ Early edition. One of the most popular of all the early works on land law and conveyancing, including laws relating to women (with a lengthy chapter on dowery). STC 19643.

 

PERRAULT, Joseph. ESSAI SUR LA RESPONSABILITE PENALE en général et plus particulièrement dans ses rapports avec les passions et l’hypnotisme. Dijon: Imprimerie Barbier-Marilier, 1903. 8vo, (6), 251pp. Orig printed wrappers. Back wrapper & spine lacking sm. piece, 1st signature just starting, otherwise very good. $150.

¶ Only Edition, inscribed by the author to "mon illustre maître, Monsieur le Docteur [Hippolyte] Bernheim," the leader of the Nancy school of neurology and the first to adopt hypnotism in the treatment of neuroses. The author addresses the role of conscience and consciousness in crime and discusses the role that hypnotism and suggestion (and auto-suggestion) may play in crime. In particular, the author compares for 100 pages the understanding of hypnotism proposed by the "materialist" Paris school (led by Charcot) and that of the "spiritualist" Nancy school (led by Bernheim). The author adheres to the Nancy school, which suggests that the soul of the hypnotist acts on the soul of the subject; whereas at Paris the belief is that one physiological state is mechanistically acting on another. The spiritualists believe that an idea, or rather a resolution is suggested to the subject, and that no coercion of the subject’s physiology is directly involved. Thus the subject is affected, but coercion of the conscience is insufficient to legally absolve the conscience and will of the hypnotized subject. Several lengthy encomiums of Bernheim’s work are sprinkled throughout the text. Not in Crabtree or Tinterow. No title by Perrault in NUC or BMC.

 

PETIT-DUTAILLIS, Charles. DOCUMENTS NOUVEAUX SUR LES MOEURS POPULAIRES ET LE DROIT DE VENGEANCE Dans Les Pays-Bas Au XV Siècle. Lettrew de Rémission de Philippe le Bon, Publiées et Commentées par… Paris: Honore Champion, 1908. 8vo, vi, 226pp. Contemporary half red grained calf over marbled boards, gilt letteed, raised bands, original wrappers preserved, bookplate, very good. $150.

¶ First Edition.

 

(Pynson) INTRATATIONU[M] EXCELLENTISSIMUS LIBER per q[uam] Necessarius O[mn]ibuz leg[um] hominb[us]; fere in se Continens o[mn]em Medullam Diversar[um] Materiar[um]... London: honesti viri Ricardi Pynson Regis Impressoris [etc.] 1510. Folio, (12-1/2 by 8-3/4 in.), (9), 185 leaves, printed in Black Letter, title in red & black, large woodcut of the arms of England on verso, Pynson’s device on verso of final leaf (McKerrow 9b), with genuine first blank onto which the black portion of the title has offset, contemp. marginal annotations and with an 8-line ms note, in a different contemp. hand. Early 20th century full black morocco, a.e.g., gilt dentelles, morocco book label of Herschel V. Jones. $30,000.

¶ First Edition, a manificent copy of Pynson’s masterpiece, ranking among the finest typographical specimens of the world. Called the Book of Legal Writs, this is the earliest English book of precedents for pleading, taken from the clerk’s entries in the plea rolls, a form called by Baker "replete with learning which... the legal historian ignores at his cost." After Caxton, Pynson was the most important English printer, and like Caxton probably received his training abroad, since he was a Norman by birth. His books are distinguished by clarity of types and impression. He was the first to introduce Roman types to England and he was the earliest publisher of the Year Books which are "by far the most important source of, and authority for, the medieval common law" (Holdsworth). "Pynson was worthy of his title of King’s Printer, for his work was undoubtedly superior to that of his contemporaries" (Colin Clair). Beale, English Law Books, T-283. STC 14116.

 

(Pynson printing). DE TERMINO MICHAELIS . A n n o . i i i . H e n r i c i v i .
[London]: Imprinted by Richarde P y n s o n , printer to the Kynges most Noble grace, [ca. 1 5 2 8 ? ] . 4to, 58 leaves, Black Letter. Early 20th cent. full brown morocco, gilt titles, by Wood. A beautiful well-maringed copy measuring 10-9/16 x 7-1/4 in., with occasional contemporary annoations in the margins. $20,000.

¶ Pynson’s magnificent printing of the legal decisions during the reign of Henry VI. Pynson became King Printer in 1508 and continued to print in Fleet Street until his death in 1530. He was the first English printer to print law books in considerable numbers and was the earliest publisher of the Year Books - the law reports of the Middle Ages - which are "by far the most important source of, and authority for, the medieval common law" (Holdsworth). Some seven years after the introduction of printing in England they began to be printed almost continously but by the reign of Henry VIII became intermittent. They are the only first-hand evidence we possess of the development of the law during the centuries which they cover. "What the Year Books do show us again and again is the creation of new rules, and the extension or confirmation of old ones, by anologies from existing law and by analogies from hypothetical facts"(Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History, 154-5).

After Caxton, Pynson was the most important English printer, and like Caxton probably received his training abroad, since he was a Norman by birth. His books are distinguished by clarity of types and impression. He was the first to introduce Roman types to England and he was the earliest publisher of the Year Books which are "by far the most important source of, and authority for, the medieval common law" (Holdsworth). "Pynson was worthy of his title of King’s Printer, for his work was undoubtedly superior to that of his contemporaries" (Colin Clair).

Beale, English Law Books, R83. STC 9631a (recording 3 copies in the US: Huntington, Harvard, and LC).

 

RAMOS ARIZPE, Miguel. MEMORIA QUE EN CUMPLIMIENTO DEL ARTICULO 120 de la Constitucion Federal de los Estados-Unidos mexcianos. Leyo el Secretario do Estado y del Despacho Universal de Camara de Diputados el dis 3 y en la de Senadores el dia 4 de enero de 1826, sobre los ramos del Ministerio de su Cargo. [Mexico City]: Imprenta del Supremo Gobierno en Palacio, [1826]. 4to, (2), 19, (1 blank)pp. Half morocco. Small wormholes throughout, affecting a few letters, 2 marginal tears repaired, edge lightly rubbed, otherwise very good. $600.

¶ First Edition of an important document on the administration of laws in New Mexico and the Californias, issued during a critical period in Southwestern history. Ramos Arizpe reports that new judical districts have been set up in the territories of New Mexico and Upper California and discusses whether new bishoprics should be established in New Mexico and Sonora. Palau 160880 & 160828. California Missions p.8. Not in Sabin.

 

ROBERTS, William. A TREATISE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE STATUTES, 13 Eliz. c.5. and 27 Eliz. c.4. Relating To Voluntary and Fraudulent Conveyances, and On the Nature and Force of Different Considerations To Support Deeds and Other Legal Instruments, in the Courts of Law and Equity. Philadelphia: William P. Farrand, 1807. 8vo, xvi, 668, (10 as Index)pp. Contemporary full calf, red spine label, blindtooled borders, rear joint weak, expected rubbing, later neat repairs to spine head and tail, later spine label, occasional mild foxing to text, otherwise nearly very good. $250.

¶ First American Edition, Farrand’s "Premium Edition" of the London, 1800, first edition, with its irregular star pagination in the outer margins. Marke p.782.

 

SHURTLEFF, G. A., president. ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA at Its Annual Session, April, 1873. Sacramento: Springer, 1873. 8vo, 22, (2)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, library stamp on upper cover, very good. $30.

¶ A call for reform of the law concerning trials of criminal cases in which the mental condition of the accused was involved.

 

VEILLER, Bayard. WITHIN THE LAW [bound with] THE THIRTEENTH CHAIR [bound with] THE TRIAL OF MARY DUGAN. New York: Samuel French, 1912,16, 28. 8vo, 156, 110, 144pp. Later full crushed blue morocco, gilt lettering, raised bands, gilt rules, dentelles, teg, some sunning to spine, mild wear, otherwise very good+. $85.

¶ Inscribed and Signed by the Author: "These plays were once quite popular - but now alas --." The three most acclaimed plays by Veillers (1869-1943), a journalist who became a successful playwright specializing in mystery dramas.

 

WHATLEY, Robert. A LETTER TO THE LORDS AND COMMONS OF GREAT BRITAIN in Parliament Assembled; Containing, A State of the Cause between the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole and Mr. Whatley, as It now lies at issue… London: the Author, 1742. 8vo, (2), 53, (4)pp. Modern brown quarter morocco, backstrip lettered in gilt, a fine well-margined copy. $125.

¶ First Edition. Whatley here presents his case against Walpole, based on an old agreement between their families to maintain mutually beneficial sinecures, which practice Walpole dropped to the detriment of Whatley.