One of the First Works To Draw on Blackstone's Commentaries A Gentleman of the Inner Temple, Editor. Laws Concerning the Election of Members of Parliament; With The Determinations of the House of Commons Thereon, And All Their Incidents: Continued Down to the Present Time. The Whole Digested Under Proper Titles. Also an Appendix of Precedents; With Considerable Improvements, And Additions, From the Best Authorities, To Which is Added a Copious Index. London: Printed by His Maiesty's [sic] Law Printers for W. Owen, 1780. xxxviii [i.e. xxxvii], , 118; , 119-192, *191-*192, 193-383, , 2 pp. Two parts, each with title page. Includes two-page publisher list. Title page of second part misbound. Octavo (5-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, blind ornaments and original lettering piece (with chipped edges) to spine, endpapers renewed. Early annotation to front endleaf, light foxing in a few places, interior otherwise fresh. Ex-library. Small inkstamps to title page and a few text leaves. A handsomely bound copy. $250. * "Sixth" edition, actually the third, the final edition of this work. The anonymous editor notes in the advertisement that he has drawn extensively on Comyns' Digest of the Laws of England, Lyttleton's Life of King Henry II, Whitelocke's Notes Upon the King's Writ for Choosing Members of Parliament (in Morton's edition) and Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England. One of the very first books to draw on the Commentaries, Laws Concerning the Election is a landmark in the history of its reception by the English bar. It is also a remarkably thorough work that considers causes determined by parliamentary committee, the House of Commons and the laws of England, Scotland and Wales from 1382 to 1780. First published in 1768, with a second edition in 1774, it was based on an earlier anonymous work, Determinations in the House of Commons Concerning Elections, which went through five editions between 1741 and 1761. The "sixth" edition designation of the final edition is a reference to the earlier work. English Short-Title Catalogue T112824.
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