The Office and Authority of a Justice of Peace: Collected Out of All.
by Nelson, William
1729. Popular Eighteenth Century English JP Manual Nelson, William [b.1653]. [The Office and Authority of a Justice of Peace: Collected Out of All the Books, Whether of Common or Statute Law, Hitherto Written on that Subject. Shewing also the Duty of Constables, Commissioners of Sewers, Coroners, Overseers of the Poor, Surveyors of the Highways, Church-Wardens, And Other Parish Officers: Digested Under Alphabetical Titles. To which are Added, Precedents of Indictments and Warrants. Never Before Printed. Very Useful for Justices of the Peace, Coroners, Sheriffs, Clerks of the Assizes, And of the Peace, And of All Others Concern'd in such Matters. The Tenth Edition, Corrected, Amended and Continued Down to this Present Year. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, (Assigns of Edward Sayer, Esq;) for J. Walthoe (et al), 1729]. [ii], iv, 756 pp. This copy bound with title page of ninth edition, issued by the Same printers and booksellers in 1726. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind frames to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands to spine, early repair to head of spine, later repair to foot. Some rubbing and minor nicks to boards and extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, rear free endpapers partially detached but secure. Some toning to text, foxing, finger smudges and faint dampstaining in places. Tiny private library shelf label to spine, early owner annotations to front pastedown and free endpaper. $100. * Tenth edition. This was one of the standard treatises of its day. Originally published in 1704, the final edition of this popular book, the twelfth, was issued in 1745. It synthesized English law, tradition and practice of justices of the peace and arranged it alphabetically. An interesting feature is the outline of duties and procedures for English justices, which is presented in the form of a vade mecum. The incorrect title page in our copy appears to be a binder's error. OCLC locates 14 copies of this edition in North American law libraries. English Short-Title Catalogue T83566.
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