Scarce Eighteenth-Century English Treatise on Election Law [Election Law]. [Great Britain]. The Law of Elections: Being an Abstract of All the Statutes Now in Force Relating to the Election of Members to Serve in the House of Commons: In Three Sections, Viz. The Duties &c. of the Electors, The Elected, And the Officers Returning. [London]: Printed for J. Nutt, Assignee of Ed. Sayer Esq., for Jacob Tonson, 1713. [vi], 126, , 21,  pp. Half-title lacking. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary sheep, blind frames and fillets to boards, raised bands to spine, rebacked retaining original backstrip, hinges mended. Some rubbing with wear to corners, a few large scuffs to boards. Toning to portions of text, light foxing to a few leaves, internally clean. $650. * Second edition, "continued to the end of the last session of Parliament, 1713," which adds an addenda to the first edition of 1708. It was one of the earliest books on the subject. According to Sweet & Maxwell, the first studies were Freedom of Elections to Parliament (1680) and Observations Concerning the Regulation of Elections for Parliament (1689), a work attributed to the Earl of Shaftsbury). OCLC locates 6 copies, 3 in North America (at the Library of Congress, Harvard Law School and Stanford University). The ESTC locates 9 copies, 8 in Great Britain, 1 in North America (at the University of Indiana). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:151 (20). English Short-Title Catalogue T108633.
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