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: E. and R. Nutt and R. Gosling, 1734. Hardcover. SCARCE. The Second edition, corrected. A popular work, it went through six editions in the 18th century, the last being that of 1792. It covers abatement, affidavits, pleas, assignment, bankruptcy, bonds, courts, creditors, deeds, evidence, executors, heirs, idiots & lunaticks, limitations of suits, mortgages, titles, will, writs, etc. 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. 417 pages + index.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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2022. Hardcover. Number 1 of 12 copies. In this powerful new book from the Luminice Press, Thomas and Mary Agnes Williams present a scathing indictment of the erosion of democracy in the United States. The preface states: "In America, we are losing our freedoms, one by one. Clean Air – the freedom to breathe air not polluted with toxins Safety – the freedom to live without fear of deadly guns Women’s Autonomy – the freedom to control their own bodies Voting – the freedom to participate in our democracy We are losing America." The book's text juxtaposes the intent of four congressional acts that guaranteed American protections - clean air, gun control, reproductive rights, and voting rights - with text from the recent Supreme Court opinions that overturned or restricted these protections. The accordion structure of the book offers the text on one side of the pages with the other side offering six panels with striking abstract color illustrations of disappearing water representing democracy's erosion. Bound in a blue and black paper covered boards with a black Washi linen spine. The text is letterpress printed from polymer plates. The six illustrations are original images hand printed on folded panels with 41 pochoir mylar stencils. The book measures 7.25 x 9.25 inches. The illustrated panels are 7 x 17.75 inches unfolded and open to 106.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTSBOOK/110222. Fine.
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. Bound in white vellum over green marbled paper covered boards with red leather title label and gilt title to spine. Decorative gilt device and rules to spine. Front and back boards are heavily rubbed with wear to edges and corners. Corners are bumped. Darkening and minor spotting to vellum, as is common. Interior has a few spots of foxing throughout. Creases to corners of a few pages. Handwritten note on inside front cover and to a few margins. Occasional pencil underlinings. Mispaginated / misprinted at page 207 and following; however, does not appear to be missing pages; numbered to 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.
Paris: Videcoq fils aine, Libraire de la cour de cassation. Hardcover. 5th edition. no date, circa 1870. Complete in two volumes. An examination of Justinian's institutes or Roman laws. Black leather spines over marbled paper covered boards with gilt titles and volume numbers to spines. Heavy wear and chipping to edges of second volume. Bumping and wear to all corners. Scuffing and wear to boards and minor rubbing to leather spines. Interiors are uniformly browned and clean. Marbled endpapers. Volume I: 740 pages; Volume II: 692 pages. FRE/112122. 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. It is missing the called for fourth leaf and the five page preface. 270 pages plus 514 pages of appendices. The last page, 515, of the appendix section is missing. Still an desirable copy of this scarce study of the infamous Thugs of India. (Text pages of the preface and 515 are provided in facsimlie.) IND/070722. Very Good.
Manchester: University Press, 1916. Hardcover. This lecture describes a burglary of the king's wardrobe that occured on April 24, 1303. Ex-library with pocket to rear pastedown and library stamps and markings to various pages. Disbound and laid into the original binding of blue linen over paper covered boards with black title to front board. Call number in white to spine and call number in black to front board. Dampstaining to edges of front board and rubbing to boards. Includes a plan of Westminster Abbey and Palace as well as two full page plates reproducing a medieval manuscript showing the Outrage at Anagni and the Outrage at Westminster. Minor browning to interior. Clean overall aside from library markings and a few light smudge marks. Rear cover and interior do not show signs of dampstaining. 24 pages. ENG/111122. 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.