Fascinating Commonplace Book with Excerpts from Locke, Blackstone, Montesquieu and Smith [Manuscript]. [Great Britain]. [Commonplace Book by a Student of History, Law and Government]. [Great Britain or Ireland, c.1770]. Printed title page dated 1770, reading Bell's Common Place Book, Form'd Generally Upon the Principles Recommended and Practised by Mr. Locke, followed by 8 pp. printed introduction, 12 pp. part-printed index, partially filled in manuscript, 144 numbered leaves and 84 blank leaves. Folio (15" x 9-3/4"). Contemporary vellum, gilt fillets to board edges, morocco lettering piece to spine (reading Common Place Book), marbled endpapers. Moderate soiling, light rubbing to extremities, boards slightly bowed, corners bumped and lightly worn, front joint starting at foot, partial crack in text block between title page and following leaf, dampstaining and some edgewear to rear endleaves. Moderate toning, text in fine small hand. $2,000. * A detailed record of the authorities that guided a late eighteenth-century English (or Irish) student of history, law and government, this commonplace book cites, among others, Robertson's History of America, Blackstone's Commentaries, Montesquieu's Spirit of Laws, Junius's Letters, Locke's Two Treatises on Government, Bolingbroke's Dissertation on Parties and Smith's Wealth of Nations. These are commonplaced under topic headings, among them "Climate," "Population," "Commerce," "Representation," "Ireland," "Constitution," "Money," Society," "Despotism," "Liberty of the Press," "Habeas Corpus Act," "Parliament of Great Britain," "Monopolies," "Trade," "Taxation," "Crusades," "India," and "Law." Fols. 100-110 contain an extended report of a legal case involving John Leland, debtor, of the County of the City of Dublin and the Barons of the Exchequer.
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