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The Second Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England

The Second Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England

Coke, Sir Edward; Magna Carta London, 1681. 6th ed. Includes Coke’s Landmark Commentary on Magna Carta Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1634]. The Second Part of the Institutes of the laws of England: Containing the Exposition of Many Ancient, And Other Statutes, Whereof you May see the Particulars in a Table Following. London: Printed by W. Rawlins, for Thomas Basset, 1681. [xii], 744, [40] pp. Lacking portrait frontispiece. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Recent period style calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Light browning and occasional light foxing to text, light wear and moderate offsetting to margins of preliminaries and final leaves, title page partially detached. $750. * Sixth edition. The Second Part of the Institutes, an exposition of "many ancient and other statutes" including Magna Carta, was published by order of the House of Commons after the author’s death. It is a landmark work because it offered a novel interpretation of Magna Carta. Reflecting contemporary struggles between the king and Parliament, Coke presented the charter as the ancient constitution of England, one that established the fundamental rights of Englishmen and placed royal power under the laws of the land. Perhaps the most famous section is Coke’s commentary on the 29th chapter, in which he traced the origins of trial by jury and the right of habeas corpus. English Short-Title Catalogue R24771.
A Collection of All the Statutes Now in Force

La Vie de Jacques Pierlot, Pretre & Marguillier de la Paroisse de.

Murder; Pierlot, Jacques Liege: Lemarie, 1786. Illustrated Account of a Belgian Priest With a Gambling Addiction Who Committed Several Murders [Murder]. [Pierlot, Jacques (1750-1786)]. La Vie de Jacques Pierlot, Pretre & Marguillier de la Paroisse de Vervier, Ville de la Principaute de Liege; Avec tous les Details de son Crime, De sa Degradation, & De son Supplice. Liege: Chez Lemarie, 1786. 52 [i.e., 50] pp. Etched portrait frontispiece. Four etched plates. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Nineteenth-century quarter sheep over marbled boards, gilt fillets and title to spine, marbled endpapers. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, recent owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining to head of frontispiece and title page, clean tear to lower inner corner of title repaired on verso, bottom line of caption cropped on second plate, final two leaves cropped and re-hinged. Laid in is a copy of the 17 March 1786 Avertissemens de Liege, a handbill of local publisher advertisements, including one for this publication. $1,850. * Only edition. A sensationalistic chapbook about a Belgian priest with a gambling addiction who murdered a creditor and members of the latter’s household. He was sentenced by an ecclesiastical tribunal to degradation (permanent removal from clerical office), which was carried out in a public ceremony, then sentenced by a municipal tribunal to be tortured and strangled. The plates depict his degradation and punishment. Chapbooks such as this one were an expression of the anti-clericalism that was a vital part of Enlightenment Francophone culture in the years preceding the French Revolution. OCLC locates 12 copies, 1 in North America (Library of Congress). Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
The Third Part of the Institutes [Bound with] The Fourth Part of the.

The Third Part of the Institutes [Bound with] The Fourth Part of the.

Coke, Sir Edward Early Editions of Coke’s Third and Fourth Institutes in a Handsome Binding Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1643]. The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, And Other Pleas of the Crown, And Criminal Causes. London: Printed by W. Rawlins, For Thomas Basset, 1680. [vi], 243, [19] pp. [Bound with] Coke, Edward. The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. London: Printed by W. Rawlins, 1681. [x], 364, [36] pp. Portrait frontispiece lacking. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, upper corners bumped. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in laces, occasional faint damptaining to upper margins, minor worming to lower margins of the first six leaves of Third Part below text, some offsetting and minor edgewear to first three leaves of Third Part and final four leaves of Fourth Part. $1,250. * Sixth editions. "Coke’s Third Institutes gives us a Treatise of great learning, and not unworthy the hand that produced it; Having run over all criminal matters, and their legal punishments, he concludes with the nature of pardons and restitutions; showing how far, in each of these, our Kings can process alone, and where they want the assistance and joint power of the Parliaments" (Marvin). The Fourth Part outlines the authority and jurisdictions of the Court of Star-Chamber, Kings Court, Chancery, the Court of Common Pleas, Ecclesiastical Courts, Courts of Exchequer, Augmentations, Admiralty, the Justices Assize, Courts in Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Court of the Commissioners Upon the Statute of Bankrupts, the Marshalsea, the Stannaries, the Eighteen Courts of the City of London, the Court of Pipowders (concerning Markets and Fairs), the Courts of the Forest Countries, various ecclesiastical courts and many more. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 208. English Short-Title Catalogue R18334, R24769.

Legal Documents and Manuscripts from Taney’s Early Law Career.

Manuscript Archive; Taney, Roger; Frederick, MD 41 Taney items, 375 items overall. Archive with a Group of Documents from the Early Legal Career of Roger B. Taney [Manuscript Archive]. [Taney, Roger Brooke (1774-1864)]. [Frederick County, Maryland]. [Legal Documents and Manuscripts from Taney’s Early Law Career] Frederick County, MD, 1802-1823. 41 items. [Included in] [Archive of Legal Documents and Manuscipts Relating to Prominent Frederick Couty Attornies]. Frederick, MD, 1764-1873. 340 items. Together 381 items, various formats ranging in size from 4" x 8" to 12" x 8," mostly signed manuscript documents, some partly printed. Moderate toning, light browning to some items, fold lines, some items torn or split along folds. $5,000. * Roger Brook Taney, later chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1836 until his death in 1864, was admitted to the Frederick County, Maryland bar in 1801. The documents in this archive show Taney acting as an attorney, often appearing for plaintiffs in financial disputes. At least 15 are signed by Taney. Three partly printed bills obligatory in this group are signed by Taney in print on his own custom forms. Two letters are addressed to Taney: one involving a debt to Charles Carroll of Carrollton [1737-1832], a prominent Maryland planter and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the other a debt for ship passengers sailing from Amsterdam to Baltimore. A 14-page document from 1818 shows Taney himself as a plaintiff in a case on appeal, the judgment securing him the right to a new trial. The Taney papers are part of an archive of legal documents and manuscripts, mostly interrogatories, depositions, bills obligatory, subpoenas, wills, promissory notes and appraisals dated before 1835, by such prominent Frederick County attorneys as Henry Darnall, Arthur Shaaff and Frederick A. Schley. Some documents are rather colorful, such as an 1801 action from the father of a pregnant bride who was seeking damages from the groom who failed to show up on the wedding day.

The Celebrated Trial, Madeline Pollard vs. Breckinridge

Salesman's Sample Book; Breckinridge, William Salesman’s Sample Book for a Popular Account of a Sensational Trial [Salesman’s Sample Book]. Breckinridge, William C.P. [1837-1904], Defendant. The Celebrated Trial, Madeline Pollard vs. Breckinridge, The Most Noted Breach of Promise Suit in the History of Court Records. Containing a Graphic Story of the Sensational Incidents in the Joint Lives of the Now Famous Litigants, as Given in Their Own Words. The Two Stories Differ Widely as to the Material Facts in the Case, Testimony of the Kentucky School Girl Directly Contradicts the Story of the Silver-Tongued Orator and Statesman, Testimony of Prominent Witness From Various States Uncovering Startling Incidents in the Lives of Plaintiff and Defendant. The Surprising Disclosure and Dramatic Scenes that Filled the Court Room With a Throng of Excited Spectators Fully Described, the Most Sensational Testimony Ever Produced in Court. One of the Most Dramatic and Hotly Contested Legal Battles of Modern Times, An Array of Legal Talent Rarely Equaled in Court Annals in Point of Ability and Eloquence. Judge Bradley’s Charge to the Jury. Speeches of Counsel and Decision of the Jury. To Which is Added a Complete Biography of Colonel Breckinridge and Miss Pollard, His College Days, War Record, Prominence in Congress. With Many Portraits and Illustrations. [n.p.]: [The American Printing and Binding Company, 1894]. Irregular pagination; pages appear to have been assembled to highlight salacious headlines and passages. 7 plates. Title page preceded by added pictorial title page (also the front cover for softbound copies). Octavo (8" x 5"). Original cloth, black-stamped title and decoration to front board. Moderate rubbing and dampspotting, spine ends and corners bumped. Light browning to text, preliminaries and a few other leaves detached and lightly edgeworn, three leaves lacking. An interesting piece of law book publishing and marketing history. $450. * This sample book was used to sell copies of a popular account of one of the most sensational trials of the day. Breckinridge was a notable Kentucky lawyer, statesman, editor and Civil War hero from a prominent political family. This suit, which coincided with his campaign for a sixth term in the U.S. Congress, was front-page news nationally for six weeks. Many were aroused to indignation. Suffragists opposed him with rallies and petiti.
Un Livre des Entries

Un Livre des Entries, Contenant Auxi un report des Resolutions del.

Lutwyche, Edward "Valuable and Accurate" Lutwyche, Sir Edward [d. 1709]. Un Livre des Entries: Contenant Auxi un Report des Resolutions del Court sur Diverse Exceptions Prises as Pleadings, Et Sur Auters Matters en Ley; Surdant (Pur la Plupart) en le Court de Common-Bank, Enter le 34 An del Roy Charles le Second, & le 2 An del Raigne de sa Present Majesty, La Roigne Anne. Et Ascuns Observations sur Diverse de les Presidents, Cybien ceux Queux ne Fueront Unques Debate en Court, Come sur Plusieurs de les Auters. Oversque Deux Tables, l’Un de les Nosmes des Cases, & l’Auter des Matters Contenus en Yceux. En Deux Volumes. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, 1704. Two volumes. [xvi], 912; [ii], 913-1668, [104] pp. Volume I has copperplate portrait frontispiece. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary reversed paneled calf, raised bands and lettering pieces to spines, hinges of volume I mended. Some rubbing and a few minor stains to boards and spine, moderate wear to board edges, corners lightly bumped, a few chips to lettering pieces and heads of spines, careful repair to head of Volume I, some edgewear to endeleaves. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places, faint dampstaining to foot of text blocks in a few places, three tiny worm holes to margins of Volume I to p. 158, light soiling to that volume’s title page. $500. * First Edition. Covering the period from 1683-1704, and with an excellent index, this work is a both a reporter and a book of entries. The reports include pleadings and the courts’ resolutions of the issues. Wallace says this work is "valuable and accurate." Wallace, The Reporters 395. English Short-Title Catalogue T8049.

Institutionum Canonicarum, two books, Padua?, 1704

Manuscript; Melchiori, Sebastiano Manuscript Lecture Notes on Two Standard Legal Textbooks [Manuscript]. Melchiori, Sebastiano [1656-1728]. [Lancellotti, Giovanni Paolo (1522-1590)]. [Sanfelice, Giovanni Francesco (1566-1648)]. [Institutionum Canonicarum]. [Northern Italy, Probably Padua], October, 1704. Five books in two volumes. Various paginations (c. 800 pp.). Quarto (7-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary limp vellum, early hand-lettered titles to spines (Institut[ionum] Canon[icarum] Tom 1 & 2 and Institut[ionum] Canon[icarum] Tom 3 & 4). Moderate soiling and some minor spots and stains, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, chipping to spine ends of Tom 1 & 2, rear hinge of Tom 3 & 4 cracked, other hinges starting. Light toning, occasional faint dampstaining to margins, content in neat hand to rectos and versos of most leaves, a few have calligraphic flourishes or other decorations. $2,000. * Carefully organized and indexed, these fair-copy volumes record the text of Lancellotti’s Institutiones Iuris Canonici as dictated, with commentary, by Professor Domenici Campanile in October 1704, most likely at the University of Padua. The final section of Tom 3 & 4 is titled Praxis Iudiciaria, possibly the text, with classroom commentary by Campanile, of Sanfelice’s Praxis Iudiciaria, Sive de Ordine Judiciorum Civilium, Criminalium, Et Mixtorum. Both books were standard texts in Italian law schools in the early 1700s. Melchiori was a seminary student who taught literature, Greek and Latin at the University of Padua. He probably compiled these manuscripts when he was working towards a doctorate in law. A front endleaf of Tom 1 & 2 contains a sonnet headed by an image of a skull. The front free endpaper of Tom 3 & 4 is inscribed with brief theological musings.
Familiarium Juris [Iuris] Quaestionum Libri Tres

Familiarium Juris [Iuris] Quaestionum Libri Tres, Venice, 1580

Pietro, d'Ancarano; Petrus de Ancharano Pietro d’Ancharano on Family Law Pietro, d’Ancarano (Ancharano) [1330-1416]. Familiarium Iuris Quaestionum Libri Tres. Hac Postrema Editione Prioribus Duobus tum in Utroque Fore Versantibus, Tum in Scholis Docentibus Apprime Necessarii. Venice: Ex Officina Damiani Zenari, 1580. [xxxviii], 217, [1] ff. Final leaf blank. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (11-1/2" x 8-1/4"). Contemporary paneled pigskin with elaborate blind tooling and beveled edges, raised bands to spine, early hand-lettered title to spine, clasps lacking. Light soiling to spine, some minor scratches and a few minor scuffs and stains to boards, rear board slightly bowed, spine ends bumped, minor tears to joints at head of spine, a few tiny worm holes to front joint at foot, large armorial bookplate (of the Bavarian Ducal Library dated 1618) to front pastedown. Joints starting, some worming to pastedowns, minor worming to margins of preliminaries, crack in text block between front free endpaper and title page, faint dampstaining along crack, light toning to text, slightly heavier in places. $1,500. * "New edition," enlarged with a "third book," the final edition of this work. Ancharano was a renowned Italian jurist and commentator on canon and Roman law. As indicated by its title, Familiarium Iuris is an extensive study of domestic relations in Roman and canon law. Its "Liber Primus" was published in 1563. A two-part edition followed in 1569. Censimento Nazionale delle Edizioni Italiane del XVI Secolo CNCE1676.

The Secret Unvieled, A Pamphlet, White Plains, NY, 1909

Thaw, Mary Copley; Thaw, Harry K; White, Stanford A Plea by the Mother of the Man Who Killed Stanford White Thaw, Mary Copley. [Thaw, Harry Kendall (1871-1947)]. [White, Stanford (1858-1906)]. The Secret Unvieled. A Pamphlet. White Plains, NY: Press of the White Plains Argus Publishing Co., 1909. 20 pp. Stapled pamphlet in printed wrappers. Moderate soiling and a few stains to wrappers, spine reinforced with four strips of tape, some chips and tears, lower corner lacking from front wrapper, faint vertical crease through center, light toning to text. A scarce item. $950. * Only edition. Mary Copley Thaw, a wealthy philanthropist, pleads for the release of her son Harry, then in prison for the murder of the famous architect Stanford White. Thaw, a millionaire with a history of mental instability, married Evelyn Nesbit, a young New York showgirl who had previously been involved with White. Consumed by jealousy, Thaw repeatedly beat and raped Nesbit in an attempt to erase any memory of her prior relationship. Then, in 1906, at a Madison Square Garden premiere, Thaw shot White three times at close range, without provocation. At the trial, Thaw’s lawyers offered an insanity defense. After the first jury was unable to reach a verdict, the second jury acquitted Thaw on the grounds of temporary insanity, making this case one of the most perplexing and controversial of the 20th century. As a sensational trial involving a millionaire, a famous architect and a glamorous former showgirl, this case inspired countless contemporary newspaper articles, pamphlets and scandal sheets. The Secret Unveiled presents Thaw as "an average young man with a chivalrous nature" who was compelled "to break up disreputable places," especially "those infamous dens, used by Stanford White for disgusting orgies, and by White himself for secret assaults on innocent young girls." OCLC locates 2 copies (New York Public Library, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania).

The Affidavit of Andrew Jackson, Taken by the Defendants in the Suit.

Trial; Mayo, Robert Washington, DC: Printed for the Plaintiff, 1840. Was President Jackson Secretly Involved with Sam Houston’s Plan to Wrest Texas from Mexico? [Trial]. Mayo, Robert [1784-1864]. The Affidavit of Andrew Jackson, Taken by the Defendants in the Suit of Robert Mayo vs. Blair & Rives for a Libel, Analysed and Refuted. Washington, DC: Printed for the Plaintiff, 1840. 23, [1] pp. Octavo (9-3/4" x 6-1/2"). Stab-stitched pamphlet in self-wrappers, untrimmed edges. Light soiling and edgewear, three faint horizontal creases through pamphlet, moderate toning to interior, light foxing and soiling to a few leaves. A very good fresh copy in the original state. $750. * First edition. Blair and Rives accused Mayo of stealing a letter from President Jackson that showed Jackson’s involvement in Sam Houston’s plan to invade Texas, something he denied publicly, and sharing it with Jackson’s political opponents. Mayo sued for libel. This pamphlet is his refutation of the affidavit submitted by Jackson on behalf of the defendants. "An important chapter in Texas history. Mayo became acquainted with Houston in 1830, wormed from him and others the plans of the contemplated invasion of the Mexican province of Texas, the secret cryptological correspondence, etc., and then sent all of his information to President Andrew Jackson. The burden of the work goes to prove that the President was in collusion with Houston and the other conspirators in the scheme to wrest Texas from the Mexicans": Eberstadt, Texas 105:294. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 12012.
First[-Eighth] Report from His Majesty's Commissioners on Criminal.

First[-Eighth] Report from His Majesty’s Commissioners on Criminal.

Great Britain; Commissioners on Criminal Law London: 1834-1845. 8 books in 2. Folio. The First Attempt to Codify English Criminal Law [Great Britain]. [Commissioners on Criminal Law]. First [-Eighth] Report from His Majesty’s Commissioners on Criminal Law. London: [Printed by W. Clowes and Sons, for H.M. Stationery Office], 1834-1845. Eight books bound as two volumes. Complete set. Folio (13-1/4" x 8-1/5"). Softbound volumes bound into later library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, raised bands, black-stamped ornaments and library initials and hand-lettered sub-titles to spines, blind-stamped library name to front boards, endpapers added. Light shelfwear and soiling, library stamps to endleaves and title page of Report at beginning of each volume. Moderate toning, a few loose leaves and signatures, minor chips and tears to a few leaves, manuscript table of comments in contemporary hand to front endleaves and underlining and annotations in a few places in each volume, early owner signature (of S.C. Denison, Inner Temple) to front endleaves of each volume and some of the title pages. A scarce complete copy. $3,500. * Only edition. Influenced by Bentham and produced by a team led by Thomas Starkie [1782-1849], Henry Bellenden Ker [1785?-1871] and William Wightman, the royal commission’s highly regarded reports were the first attempt to codify English criminal law. The commission’s First Report (1834) discussed the advantages of codification and the best ways to codify English law. The following four reports (1836-1843) consider capital punishment, procedures for the trial of juvenile offenders, homicide, offenses against the person, theft, fraud, criminal damage, burglary, offenses against the executive power and the administration of justice, forgery, offenses against the public peace, treason and other offenses against the state and religion, libel, coinage offenses and offenses against the revenue. The Seventh Report (1843) contains a draft code of the substantive criminal law incorporating revisions to the previous reports The Eighth Report (1845) is a draft code of criminal procedure. Though never adopted, the reports recommended many reforms that were ultimately enacted. They also established a precedent for codifying English criminal law. A second code, by James Fitzjames Stephen, was presented to Parliament between 1877 and 1881; a third, initiated by the Law Commis.
First[-Fourth] Report Made to His Majesty by the Commissioners.

First[-Fourth] Report Made to His Majesty by the Commissioners.

Great Britain; Real Property; Partnership London: H.M. Stationery Off, 1830-1832. 4 bks in 3. Nineteenth-Century Proposals to Codify English Property and Partnership Law [Great Britain]. [Real Property]. [Partnership]. First [-Fourth] Report Made to His Majesty by the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Law of England Respecting Real Property. [London: H.M. Stationery Office], 1830-1832. Four books in three volumes. Complete set. First Report has two folding tables of inheritance. [Bound at End of Book I] [Ker, Henry Bellenden (1785?-1871)]. Report on the Law of Partnership; With an Appendix Thereto. [London: H.M. Stationery Office], 1838. [ii], 86 pp. Folio (Books I and III: 13-1/4" x 8-1/5"; Book II: 12-1/2" x 8-1/2"). Softbound volumes bound into later library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, raised bands and library initials to spines, blind-stamped library name to front boards, endpapers added. Light shelfwear and soiling, library stamps to endleaves and title pages. Moderate toning, a few loose leaves and signatures, minor chips and tears to a few leaves. Gift inscription dated 1845 to title pages of the real property reports, annotations to a few passages in the First Report. Two scarce titles. $2,500. * Only editions. At the end of the Napoleonic wars Great Britain experienced an unprecedented public demand for the reform of the law (and other public institutions). At the urging of Parliament, two royal commissions were established with broad mandates to recommend changes in the law, one for criminal law and another to addressing law of real property. Influenced by Bentham, these law reform initiatives initiated the most extensive discussion of and proposals for legislative codification in English legal history. Later projects, such as the reform of partnership, followed later. Though never adopted, these reports recommended many reforms that were ultimately enacted. They also established a precedent for the codification of English law. First [-Fourth] Report: OCLC locates 5 copies in North America, 3 in law libraries (LA County, Northwestern, Stanford); Partnership: OCLC locates 2 copies, 1 in North America (University of Chicago). Not in Sweet & Maxwell.