Thoughts on Legal Education by Roger North North, Roger [1653-1734]. A Discourse on the Study of the Laws. Now Printed From the Original MS. in the Hargrave Collection. With New Illustrations by a Member of the Inner Temple. London: Printed for Charles Baldwyn, 1824. xv, 105,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Includes four-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, speckled edges. Rubbing with some wear to extremities, chipping to lettering piece. Early armorial bookplate and small bookseller ticket to front pastedown. Offsetting from frontispiece to title page, foxing to preliminaries, occasional light foxing to text. Early owner signature to front free endpaper, annotation to following endleaf, interior otherwise clean. $500. * Sole edition. This classic treatise is an incomparable guide to English legal education during the last quarter of the seventeenth century. Written at a time when formal English legal education had reached a low point, it prescribed a self-directed course of study based on reading, compiling commonplace books, attending courts, speaking with lawyers and attending an office or chambers. North, a member of a powerful political family, was a respected member of the Middle Temple and an important chronicler of the restoration-era legal community. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:258.
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