A "Profound" Scholar of Estates and Real-Property Preston, Richard [1768-1850]. An Essay on the Quantity and Quality of Estates, With More Immediate Reference to the Law of Merger. Corrected with Additions. Philadelphia: John S. Littell, 1843. xiv, 244 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/4"). Recent cloth, lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Occasional faint dampstaining, interior otherwise fresh. $150. * First American edition, from the third volume of the third London edition of Preston's A Treatise on Conveyancing (1829), to which it is star-paged. A conveyancer and a member of the Inner Temple, Preston wrote several treatises on estates and real property. His "knowledge of the technique of real-property law was profound, and his works on conveyancing are masterpieces of patient research and lucid exposition.": Dictionary of National Biography XVI:312. This book was Volume 42 of The Law Library (Oct./Dec. 1843). Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 9493.
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