First Edition of the First English Treatise on Sheriffs, With a New Introduction by the late Thomas Garden Barnes Dalton, Michael [d.ca. 1648]. Officium Vicecomitum: The Office and Authoritie of Sherifs, Written for the Better Incouragement of the Gentrie (Upon Whom the Burthen of This Office Lyeth) to Keepe Their Office, And Undersherife, In Their Houses; That so by Theire Continuall Care of the Businesse, And Eyeover Their Officeres, They May the Better Discharge Their Dutie to God, Their Prince, And Countrey, In the Execution of This Their Office. Gathered Out of the Statutes, And Bookes of the Common Lawes of this Kingdome. Originally published: London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1623. Reprinted 2009 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. 8-1/2" x 11." XII (III-XII new introduction), [iv], 194 (folios). With a new introduction by Thomas Garden Barnes [1931-2010], Professor of History & Law, University of California, Berkeley. ISBN-13: 9781584779575; ISBN-10: 1584779578. Hardcover. New. $295. * Reprint of the first edition of the first English treatise on sheriffs. As its title suggest, it is a remarkably comprehensive treatise. Holdsworth, who cites it several times, says "in spite of a growing number of rivals, it continued to be a standard authority until the beginning of the eighteenth century.": History of English Law IV:119. See Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:222 (6).
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