Liber Placitandi: A Book of Special Pleadings Containing Precedents...
by Pleading; Liber Placitandi
1674. "The Hands of Some of the Best Pleaders of the Age" [Pleading]. Liber Placitandi: A Book of Special Pleadings: Containing Precedents of Pleas in Abatement, Declarations, Barrs, Replications, Rejoynders, Demurrers, Issues, And Judgments, In the Now Most Common and Ordinary Actions, Viz. Actions Upon the Case, Actions Upon Statutes, Account, Covenant, Debt, Prohibitions, Replevin, Scire Facias, And Trespass. Also, The Forms of Entries in Writs of Error, Utlaries, General Issues, And Judgments, Intended for the Benefit of the Students of the Common Law, and For the Use of Practicing Clerks and Attorneys. Together With a Table. London: Printed for J. Place, and T. Bassett, 1674. [iv], 460,  pp. Folio (8-1/4" x 12-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, recently rebacked in period style with raised bands, lettering piece and blind ornaments, hinges repaired. A few scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to edges, repairs to upper corners, lower corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining, some soiling to title page. Early owner signature to front free endpaper, brief early annotations to a few leaves, interior otherwise clean. * Only edition. Some pleader's manuals, such as Rastell's Book of Entries (1564), were semi-official compilations by single authors. Others, such as the Liber Placitandi, were collections drawn from various authors. Sometimes cited as Thompson's Entries, it was first published in 1671. One of its sections, "Actions sur le Case," is notable as the first treatment of torts as a separate category. Holdsworth considers it a fine example of the genre. The preface assures the reader that "[m]ost of the pleadings are Modern, having occurr'd in the Court of King's Bench, since his Majesties Happy Restauration; whereof many received Approbation under the hands of some of the best pleaders of the Age: (as by their Originals may be Attested).": To The Reader [iii]. Holdsworth, A History of English Law V:386. Sweet & Maxwell list a 1671 edition, but it appears to be a ghost. English Short-Title Catalogue R34978. (Inventory #: 65276)
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