by Fitz-Gibbons, John; Fitzgibbons, John
1732. The Sense of the Court Truly Delivered" Fitz-Gibbons, John [d. 1780]. The Reports of Several Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench at Westminster; With Some Special Cases in the Courts of Chancery, Common Pleas and Exchequer. In the I, II, III, IV, And V Years of His Present Majesty King George II. With Two Tables; The One of the Names of the Cases, The Other of the Principal Matters Therein Contained. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, And R. Gosling, 1732. [iv], 321,  pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs and faint stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint starting at foot, corners bumped and somewhat worn, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield crest to preliminaries. Moderate toning, light browning in a few places, light soiling, dampspotting and dampstaining to a few leaves, small chips to margins of offsetting to margins of endleaves, owner signature of Sir Thomas Clarke to front free endpaper, annotations in his hand to table of contents and a few other places, two leaves of his notes laid in. $350. * Only edition. Covering the years 1728 to 1733, this set of reports appears to have enjoyed equal amounts of approval and disapproval. A note by John Burrow, cited in Wallace, offers a moderate (and more accurate) assessment: "There are, indeed, errors in it; but upon the whole the cases seem to be clearly stated, the argument of different counsel at different times clearly, forcibly, and yet briefly represented, and the sense of the court truly delivered" (Wallace). Our copy of this title belonged to the Earls of Macclesfield. Housed in Shirbirn Castle, near Watlington, Oxfordshire, it was one of the finest private libraries in Great Britain. Thomas Clarke [1703-1764] was a lawyer and judge who served as Master of the Rolls. He was a protege and later close friend of the Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield [1666-1732], Lord Chief Justice from 1710 to 1718 and Lord High Chancellor from 1718-1725. Wallace, The Reporters 428. English Short-Title Catalogue T44780.
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