Uncommon 1732 English Treatise on Watercourses [Water Law]. The Laws of Sewers; Or the Office and Authority of Commissioners of Sewers. Containing, I. Their Power of Enquiry into Annoyances and Defects of Repairs of Sea-Banks and Walls, Publick Streams and Rivers, Ditches and Marsh-Grounds. II. The Authority of the Commissioners in Making Laws and Ordinances, and Imposing Rates or Taxes for Repairing the Walls, Banks, and Other Defenses. III. Of Their Power by Law as to Distresses, and Decreeing to be Sold to Levy Charges for Repairs, and Inflicting Punishments, by Fine and Otherwise. Also the Particular Offices of Bailiffs, Surveyors, Collectors, and Other Officers Under the Commissioners, and Proceedings of a Court of Sewers, Orders, Warrants, &c. To Which are Added, the Laws Relating to Rumney-Marsh, and Other Marshes and Fens. With Additions: and a New Compleat Table to the Whole. London: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1732. [viii], 202, 10 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, rebacked in period style with raised bands and lettering piece, endpapers renewed. Some wear to joints and corners, negligible rubbing and a few small inkstains to boards, front hinge starting. Occasional minor worming to text and rear pastedown. Later owner signatures to front pastedown and head of preface, occasional (very) light foxing and toning, interior otherwise fresh. An appealing copy of an uncommon work. $500. * Second and final edition of a work first published in 1726. Appointed by the Crown, commissioners of sewers were empowered to levy taxes to support their work and enact and enforce laws relating to watercourses, land reclamation and structures, such as dams. "As there have been in all Reigns, from the earliest Time, many commissions of Sewers issued into the several counties of England, to Gentlemen of Estates and Worth therein, and the Number of the Commissioners and their Clerks, officers and Ministers under them, being great and considerable; it is very much to be admired, and a Thing very uncommon, that no Person hath hitherto attempted a particular Treatise on these laws, with the necessary Business and Practice of the commissioners of Sewers in putting them in execution. (...) And notwithstanding [Callis' Reading Upon the Statute of 23 H. 8, Cap. 5, of Sewers (1622)] is a.
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