The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is Set Forth, His Office and Authority.
by Sheriffs; Great Britain
1696. One of the Best Manuals of Its Kind [Sheriffs]. [Great Britain]. The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is Set Forth, His Office and Authority; With Directions, How and in What Manner to Execute the Same, According to the Common and Statute Laws of This Kingdom, Which are Now in Force and Use: And the Judgments and Resolutions of the Judges in Divers Late Cases, In the Several Courts of Westminster, Relating Thereunto. Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and Their Deputies; And Where the High-Sheriff Shall be Answerable for Their Defaults, And Where Not, &c. Together with the Learning of Bail Bonds; With an Explication of Stat. 23 H.6. Cap. 10. And Pleadings Thereon. Retorns of Writs, Remedies Against Non Retorn and Faux Retorn, Habeas Corpus, Venires, Challenges and Enquiry of Damages. Prisoners and Prisons. Execution by Fieri Fac', Elegit, &c. Escapes, Actions and Pleadings Therein. Fresh Pursuit, And Other Pleas. Attachment, Americament: Actions, Declarations and Pleadings on the Sheriffs Non-Fesance or Male-Fesance. Customs of London, As to Prisons, Courts, Process, Sheriffs Fees, Extortion, Sheriffs Accompts, &c. To Which is Added, The Office and Duty of Coroners. London: Printed by the Assigns of R. and E: Atkyns, Esquires; For John Walthoe, 1696. [xxiv], 443,  pp. With preliminary advertisement leaf. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to board, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and later lettering piece to spine, early repair to head of spine. Light rubbing and a few faint stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, tiny chip to foot of spine, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining in places, Signature G (pp. 81-95) partially detached with some wear along fore-edge, horizontal tear through rear free endpaper. Early signatures to preliminaries (Gerrit van Schak, 1756), early annotations front pastedown and some leaves, additional annotations in same hand on small slips of paper pasted to edges of a few other leaves. An appealing copy. * First edition. One of the most thorough books of its kind, the aptly-titled Compleat Sheriff is notably descriptive. It also includes citations of legal cases and bibliographical references. A useful and long-lived work, it saw five later editions, the last in 1778. All are scarce. OCLC locates 8 c (Inventory #: 65461)
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