An Interesting Source for the History of the Law of Corporations [Sawyer, Sir Robert (1633-1692)]. The Pleadings and Arguments and Other Proceedings in the Court Of Kings-Bench Upon The Quo Warranto, Touching The Charter Of The City Of London; With the Judgement Entred Thereupon. The Whole Pleadings Faithfully Taken from the Record. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, 1690. [ii], 35, , 22, 55 (i.e.47), , 126 (i.e. 118) pp. Folio (13" x 8"). Contemporary paneled calf with later rebacking, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Rubbing to boards and extremities, chipping to spine ends, corners worn, later owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places. Early owner stamp to head of title page, interior otherwise clean. $350. * First edition. An interesting source for the history of the law of corporations. As the subtitle of the 1696 second (and final) edition reads: "wherein is comprized all the learning of corporations ... which points do not only concern the City of London but all other corporations in England." This Quo Warranto filed by the Attorney General against the City of London, challenging its assumption of certain jurisdictional rights, took place during the years 1681-83. It constitutes one of the most famous examples of this special form of royal writ developed in the sixteenth century and used well into the 1900s. A second edition was published in 1696. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:435 (11).
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