Criminal Conversation's Influence on Later Divorce Law [Trials]. [Marriage Law]. Crim. Con. Actions and Trials and Other Proceedings Relating to Marriage Before the Passing of the Present Divorce Act. London: N.p, c.1880. [iv], 110,  pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 5"). Three-quarter calf over marbled boards, rebacked retaining portions of original backstrip, hinges mended. Some rubbing to extremities, offsetting and foxing to endleaves, light toning to text. A handsome copy of a scarce title. $250. * Only edition. With two cases involving Thomas Erskine as counsel. "Actions for what was formerly known...as crim[inal] con[versation] were nominally abolished thirty years ago: that they were not actually got rid of, as will presently be shewn, is evident from the wording of the Divorce Act.... It is a remarkable fact, however, that in spite of the loose wording of the Act, such actions have become of such a rare occurrence as to be virtually at an end, and what the Act was intended to bring about, while failing to do it technically, has yet to come to pass. The object of the following pages is to show the nature of the legal proceedings formerly in vogue as necessary before an injured husband could clear himself of an adulterous wife and marry again, and a number of interesting cases, which attracted a deal of public attention, in their day, are given, from which it may be readily perceived with what facility conspiracy and fraud could be perpetuated.": Preface [iii]. Not in Sweet & Maxwell or the British Museum Catalogue.
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