The Perfect Conveyancer: Or, Severall Select & Choice Presidents...
by Hendon, Edward; Noy, William; Mason, Robert
1650. "Many Excellent Examples & Instructions," Several Relating to Women Hendon, Edward. Noy, William. Mason, Robert. Fleetwood, Henry. The Perfect Conveyancer: Or, Severall Select & Choice Presidents Such as Have not Formerly Been Printed. Collected by Four Severall Sages of the Law, Edward Henden, Knight; Late One of the Barons of the Exchequer. William Noy, Attourney Generall to His late Majestie. Robert Mason, Sometime Recorder of London. And Henry Fleetwood, Formerly Reader of Grayes-Inne. Wherein are Contained Many Excellent Examples & Instructions Touching the Manner and Method of Conveyances; Usefull for All Persons, That are Professors in the Law, And Desire to be Rightly and Juditiously Informed. With Two Exact Tables for the Readers More Ready Recourse to Any the Particulars Contained Therein. London: Printed by F.L. and J.G. for Matthew Walbancke at Grayes-Inne-gate [et al.], 1650. [xii], 280, , 319, 1 pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, rebacked, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, endpapers renewed. A few scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few chips to edges, corners bumped and worn. Very light browning to text, corners of some leaves have fold lines, faint dampstaining to preliminaries and final leaves, light soiling and edgewear to title page. Brief annotations to title page and a few other leaves in small early hand, early doodles to rear endleaf. A nice copy. * First edition. More comprehensive than other works of this kind, The Perfect Conveyancer features examples from four "star" lawyers. (One of these, Mason, was the compiler of this book.) Several entries relate to women, such as "An Indenture for the Assurances of Lands in Marriage, for the jointure of the Wife" (56) and "An Assignment of Dower by the Heire unto the Fem" (215). A second edition was issued four times in 1655, another edition, also designated the second, in 1663. All of these are scarce. OCLC locates 4 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Emory, Library of Congress, University of Minnesota, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue R203542. (Inventory #: 65545)
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