Boston: Thomas & Andrews, and Manning & Loring, June, 1807. Hardcover. A nice set of this early compilation of the laws of Massachusetts and those of its earlier periods as a colony, province, and state. Each volume has the index for all of the volumes. Bound in contemporary brown leather with inlaid leather rulings to covers, spine compartments, and black leather title labels. Leather is abraded, soiled, and bumped. Hinges are tender but text blocks are tight. Offsetting and foxing to pastedowns and endpapers. Interior pages are browned with scattered foxing, but text is quite legible. Ownership signature on free endpaper of two of the volumes. Octavos. Volume I: 520 pages + index; Volume II: 1073 pages + index; Volume III: 403 pages + index. LAW/030322. Very Good -.
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Baltimore: Cushings & Bailey, 1870. Hardcover. A comprehensive compilation of the English statutes still entirely or partially in force in Maryland at that time. The editor, Julian Alexander, mildly congratulates himself in the preface for providing the original texts of relevant statutes in an accessible and convenient form. In addition to the text of statutes, there are a list of the statutes, names of cases cited, and an index to principal matters. The book was previously owned by Baltimore attorney William C. Holland. His ownership signature dated 3/22/41 is written in ink on the title page and he has stamped his name on each of the edges and the spine. Either he or another owner of the book wrote a list of the sections and citations to two cases on the front pastedown. There are also occasional light pencil underlining and margin notes. Despite these markings the text pages are in very good condition, with light aging to pages and a few closed tears on few pages of the principal matters index. Bound in tan cloth with red title and black author labels to spine. Binding is rubbed and lightly soiled but still nice. 847 pages. LAW/071217. Very Good.
Baltimore: 20th Century Printing Company, 1965. Hardcover. SCARCE. PRESENTATION COPY SIGNED BY JOSEPH ALLEN. 8vo. Very good in yellow cloth covered boards with gilt and maroon title to spine. Light soiling to exterior. Inscription to front free end page. Else is pristine. Index, 369 pages. Law. LAW1/3252. Very Good.
London: C. and J. Rivington, 1827. Hardcover. Dr. French Laurence (1757 - 1809) was a close associate and later the literary executor of Edmund Burke. Irish statesman, Edmund Burke ( 1729 - 1797) worked with French during the impeachment trial of Warren Hastings, the English Governor-General of Bengal. Published by French's brother, this book collects letters between the two men. Bound in full dark brown leather boards with leather turn ins and patterned endpapers. Five raised bands but no title to spine. This appears to be a later amateur unsigned binding. Embossed rules to spine, but no giltwork. A few tiny spots of foxing, but clean and bright overall. 305 pages plus 1 page of ads. LAW/080522. Very Good.
London: Chapman and Hall, 1852. Hardcover. Ex-library from W. Wilson Moffat's English, French, and Italian Circulating Library, Edinburgh. According to his bookplate, Mr. Moffat was a bookseller, printer, and binder. His bookplate in the front of both volumes and the number 77 in ink on the front pastedown are the only evidence that this was part of a circulating library. Very good in original maroon cloth boards with gilt titles to spines and embossed decoration to spines and boards. Minor wear to edges of boards. Both bindings are slightly rolled. Clean interiors with only a few light smudge marks and notes in pencil on the rear free endpage of volume one. 310 pages in volume 1; 319 pages in volume 2. SCOT/061311 This set may require an extra shipping fee. Very Good.
London: E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling, 1734. Hardcover. SCARCE. The Second edition, corrected. Covers abatement, affidavits, pleas, assignment, bankruptcy, bonds, courts, creditors, deeds, evidence, executors, heirs, idiots & lunaticks, limitations of suits, mortgages, titles, will, writs, etc. Quarto. Very good in original full leather binding with red leather label and raised bands on spine. The front cover is detached with slight evidence of prior repair to hinge. Heavy scuffing and wear to boards including chips to the leather and spine ends. The interior is very clean with a few light smudge marks and previous owner's name to front endpage and top of title page. Printed in Roman, Italic and Gothic typefaces. A good candidate for restoration. 417 pages + index. Law. LAW107181. Very Good.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1847. Hardcover. Complete and Correct Edition. Unlike previous editions of Curran's speeches, this one includes six of his bar speeches and 33 of his parlimentary speeches. Preceding each speech are facts and events of the case with occasional biographies of Curran's clients. John Philpot Curran (1750 - 1817) was an Irish orator, politician, lawyer, and judge known for his eloquent speeches. Bound in three quarter brown leather over marbled paper covered boards with dark brown and gilt title label to spine. Chipping to leather at foot of spine, bump to edge of rear board, wear to edges, and rubbing to boards. Rear hinge is starting to crack with a three inch split in the leather. Minor foxing throughout, heaviest on early and late pages. Ownership name in pen to front endpaper and a few small smudge marks / spots of soiling to margins of some pages. Frontispiece portrait. 603 pages. LAW/080522. Very Good.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928. Hardcover. A classic trial, which was held 1850 - "Here was a cultivated man, the holder of two chairs at Harvard, distinguished in the social world, who planned and carried through the murder of Doctor Parkman, a wealthy philanthropist and a prominet figure in university and Boston society" (jacket). Near fine in red cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Minor browning to pages, but clean aside from previous owner's name in pen to front free endpage. Slight offsetting from jacket to spine cloth. In black and white striped dust jacket with black title to spine and front panels. Heavy wear and chipping to edges of jacket including several large open tears. Rubbing to jacket. Jacket is price-clipped. Includes a laid in review of the book and a laid in four page photocopy of a previous owner's research into Webster and his trial. 275 pages. LAW/090915. Near Fine / Very Good.
Baltimore: Fielding Lucas, Jr., 1838. Hardcover. Scarce original edition of the first compilation of Maryland's testamentary laws. Clement Dorsey (1778-1848) was a congressman and later a judge for the 5th Circuit Court of Maryland. The publisher, Fielding Lucas (1781-1854), was a prominent 19th century cartographer and publisher. Bound in brown leather. Joints and hinges are weak, spine is missing and leather is scraped and stained. Introductory pages are loose, but the rest of the text is intact. Bookplate of Leonadis Coyle on front pastedown. Good+ condition. 174 pages including index. MD/113017. Good +.
Philadelphia: Robert H. Small, 1847. Hardcover. Scarce First American Edition of this seminal treatise by Sir Matthew Hale first published posthumously in 1736. Sir Matthew (1609 - 1676) was an influential barrister and judge who served as the Lord Chief Justice of the Court of the King's Bench whose central legacy is considered by many to be this work on capital offenses. It included two sections, one on the substantive law and one on associated procedures. The American edition provides notes and references to every relevant federal and state statute and case by W.A. Stokes and E. Ingersoll of the Philadelphia Bar. This work thus gives U.S. lawyers the applications of common law to the statutes and cases relevant to their their jurisdictions and legal issues. With tables of cases, principal matters, and abbreviations. Bound in tan leather with red title labels to spines. Spines are browned and creased, corners are lightly bumped and soiled. Small gouge to lower left front cover in Volume I. Offsetting to free endpapers and occasional spots on pages. The book was owned by Baltimore attorney William C. Holland, with his ownership signature dated 3/12/42 on title page of Volume I and name stamp on page edges and spine. He has written pencil notes on the pastedowns and free front endpaper in both volumes (including when he started and finished reading the book) and has underlined some passages in the book in light pencil. Still a very good copy of this important edition of Hale's treatise. Volume I: 751 pages; Volume II: 644 pages. LAW/071217. Very Good.
London: Henry G. Bohn, 1842. Hardcover. Uncommon revised edition. With 16 spirited engravings including title page vignette. A collection of biographical sketches of some notorious English thieves including Robin Hood, Henry Cook, George Barrington, Captain Paul Jones, and many more. One of the more interesting engravings appears to depict a man stealing a bear. 16mo. Bound in full tan leather boards with maroon title label and black author label to spine. Gilt devices to compartments and gilt motif to edges of boards and dentelles. The front board is present but detached. Rear board has been professionally reattached. Chipping to spine ends and wear to edges of boards and corners. Soiling to boards, which appears to be black ink. With marbled endpapers and full marbled edges. Browning to half title page and to margins of plates, but bright otherwise. A few small pencil markings and occasional spots of foxing (mostly to plates). 422 pages. A good candidate for repair. Priced for sale here with the present condition considered. ENG/081722. Very Good.
Annapolis: Jehu Chandler, 1811. Hardcover. Thomas J. Pratt's copy with his ownership signature on three pages. It is crossed out on the top of the title page. Pratt (1804 - 1869) served as both a US senator and the governor of Maryland. He was a Whig but later switched to the Democratic Party after the Whigs were dissolved. This book is also ex-library from Ober, Grimes, and Shriver - National Bank Building in Baltimore with stamp to front free endpaper and evidence of removed signout card to rear pastedown. In a modern binding of beige buckram with black title "Kilty's English Statutes 1811" to spine. Clean overall aside from markings mentioned above, light foxing throughout, and browning to margins on early and late pages. Size: Quarto. 289 pages plus errata. MD/032520. Very Good.
Firenze: Soldi e Colombarini Editori, 1850. Hardcover. Ferdinand Mackeldey was an intimate advisor of justice to the king of Prussia and a full professor of law. This text is a manual of Roman law. Very scarce, especially in US. Octavo. Green patterned paper-covered boards with white binding to spine. Tilt in gilt on red label on spine. Front and back boards are heavily scraped and paper covering is worn off at top and bottom edges and all corners. Corners are bumped. White covering of spine is soiled. Pages are lightly browned, with foxing throughout. Edges of a few pages are turned. Handwritten note on inside front cover. 498 pages, including index. ITALANG/082522. Good.
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. Hard Cover. Signed and inscribed by the author on the front flyleaf. Fine in a Near Fine, price-clipped orange and white dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Minor rubbing and soiling to dust jacket. Author's signature to front free end page. Previous owner's notes to rear end page. Else is pristine. Index, 238 pages. Political Science. PSC3/7181. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Baltimore: John D. Toy, 1854. Paperback. 8vo. SCARCE. Very good in yellow paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper. Minor chipping and browning to edges of wrappers. Minor rubbing to front wrapper. Wrappers are slightly brittle. Interior is clean and bright. 23 pages. BALT. BALT211101. Very Good.
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976. Hardcover. Signed by the author and dated October 16, 2002. Near fine in blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Slight fading to top edges of boards, else fine. Clean, bright interior. In tan dust jacket with white title to spine and front panel. Minor wear to edges of jacket and slight fading to spine panel. 206 pages. LAW/052714. Near Fine / Very Good.
Calcutta: G.H. Huttmann, Military Orphan Press, 1836. Hardcover. First edition. Sir William Henry "Thuggee" Sleeman (1788 - 1856) sailed to India to work for the East India Company early in life. He fought in the Gorkha War, remained in India, and joined a British campaign to investigate and prosecute "the Thugs" in Central India. "The Thugs" were a group of people notorious for befriending travelers, then robbing and murdering them. Sleeman spent most of his military career studying and apprehending thugs. This book collects correspondence between Sleeman and various informants, depositions, accounts of crimes committed and arrests, observations about the Thugs, lists of Thug families, and a list of Thug vocabulary with definitions. Bound in blue cloth covered boards. Professionally rebacked using the original spine and boards. Spine has faded to tan and boards are dark blue. Original paper title label to spine. Some soiling and rubbing to spine and boards. Wear and fraying to corners and edges of boards. Light dampstain to top and bottom margins of some pages. Sporadic foxing and occasional pencil markings. Includes three fold-out genealogies, some with short closed tears. 270 pages plus 514 pages of appendices. IND/070722. Very Good.
Madrid: 1661. Hardcover. Uncommon early Spanish law book originally printed in 1631. The book is a review and practice for scribes, early officials of the courts, written by the Camara scriviner of "His Majesty." Bound in later marbled boards with leather spine. Gilt partial title and decorations to spine separated by gilt lines. Front and back boards somewhat bowed. Front hinge has pulled away from the text block but the rear board and the interior pages are tight. Inner pages show browning and spotting, some pages more than others, not affecting the legibility of the text or the shoulder notes. Top page edges have been trimmed to fit binding. Some have been cut very close to the text, but it does not appear that any of the text is missing except for loss of chapter headers and the first word of the title page. .Two pages near rear have been torn in the margin along the fore edges, one of which intrudes very slightly into the text. There are also tears to the top fore edge margins of the indices at the end, again not affecting the readibility. Bookplate of noted Baltimore book collector Alfred J. O'Ferrall on front free end paper with ink ownership signature on facing page. Unpaginated. LAW/012910. Good.