by Williams, Thomas Walter
1787. The Last Digest of English Statute Law Williams, Thomas Walter [1763-1833]. A Compendious Digest of the Statute Law, Comprising the Substance and Effect of All the Public Acts of Parliament in Force, From Magna Charta in the Ninth Year of King Henry III. To the Twenty-Seventh Year of His Present Majesty King George III. Inclusive. London: Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers, 1787. viii, 669,  pp. Lacking half-title. Final two pages are a publisher advertisement. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, raised bands to spine, lettering piece lacking. Light rubbing and a few minor stains and scuffs to boards, which are beginning to separate but secure, some chipping to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning to text, light soiling to margins in a few places. $250. * First edition. Williams was the last writer to produce a digest of Great Britain's statute law. (The contents are arranged alphabetically by topic.) A barrister of the Inner Temple, he didn't have success as a pleader. He was known instead for his writings. In addition to digests and a dictionary, he wrote manuals for justices of the peace, compiled abridgments and edited an edition of William Sheppard's Precedent of Precedents. A well-received work, the Compendious Digest had 3 later editions, the last in 1812. The first edition is scarce. OCLC locates 5 copies in North American law libraries (Boston College, Harvard, Library of Congress, UCLA, University of Virginia). English Short-Title Catalogue T94598.
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