1734 · Dublin
First edition. A collection of Irish and English statute laws affecting 18th-century Ireland arranged in alphabetical order by topic, from the Magna Carta to t1734. This illuminating glance into which parts of Irish life needed to be legally regulated includes the usual laws related to subjects such as customs, crimes, gambling, and piracy, but also a few unusual gems; unexpected topics include, e.g., the proper cleaning of arrow-heads, the correct size requirements of brandy imports, the illegal production of fireworks, and the price of wine.
The continuation of the title gives the full flavor of the work: "Containing, The full Purport and Effect of All the English Statutes, to the Tenth Year of the Reign of King Henry the Seventh, being by Poyning's Law, in Force in Ireland, and of all English Statutes from Poyning's Law, to the End of the last Session of the Parliament of Great Britain, which in the whole, or by any Clause or Section any way relate to, or bind Ireland: And also, the full Purport and Effect of all the Irish Statutes, to the End of the last Sessions of the Irish Parliament: Alphabetically digested under proper Titles, and carefully collected out of, and compared with the several Volumes of all the Statutes at large, distinguishing the English from the Irish Statutes in every Title, with proper Marginal-Notes and References to all later Statutes, making any Alteration or Amendment in any former Statutes, with all the most material Words in all the said Statutes (for the more easy finding any Matter) Alphabetically placed, and referring to the several Titles. Together with, a Table of the Year and Chapter of all the said Statutes, whereby those Repealed, Difused or Expired, may the easier be discovered, with the several Titles under which the same are placed in this Work."
=> Also present is the subscriber's list showing a variety of influential lawmakers' support of Lee's endeavor.
ESTC T147111. Brown calf ruled and framed in blind, later rebacked with joints reinforced, gilt ruling and lettering on spine, and red leather label; covers worn, especially corners. Light age-toning, upper corners rounded; occasionally a page with a spot, the rest clean. => A remarkably fascinating look into what was legal and illegal, and regulated and (apparently) not, in 18th-century Ireland. (Inventory #: 36067)