A Classic Treatise on Criminal Law Hawkins, William. A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown: Or, a System of the Principal Matters Relating to that Subject, Digested Under Their Proper Heads. Originally published: [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1739. Folio (8-1/2" x 11"). 2 volumes in 1 book, with separate paginations (880 pp.). Reprinted 2009, 2011 by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd. ISBN-13: 9781584779360; ISBN-10: 1584779365. Hardcover. Some bubbling to cover on spine. Else fine. $120. * Considered one of the four major law books of the eighteenth century by Holdsworth in his History of English Law, Hawkins's Pleas is the first comprehensive English treatise on criminal law. Reprint of the third edition, the last in the author's lifetime. "[D]eservedly of high authority and still cited. It was the starting point of modern laborious treatises on the criminal law which are valuable as digests of the subject, but which have no advance on Hawkins plan or style" (Winfield). William Hawkins [1673-1746] was a member of the Inner Temple, a serjeant-at-law and an important legal scholar. His first work, an abridgment of Coke Upon Littleton, went through several editions. He also published a collection of statutes. Originally published in 1716, A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown went through seven editions by the end of the eighteenth century and remained an authority into the mid-1800s. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 326.
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