1703 Treatise on the Law Relating to Bastardy Brydall, John [b. 1635?]. Lex Spuriorum: Or, The Law Relating to Bastardy. Collected from the Common, Civil and Ecclesiastical Laws. London: Printed by the assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, Esquires; For Thomas Osborne, 1703. [viii], 127,  pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, rebacked, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Some rubbing to extremities, corners worn, a few minor scuffs to boards, crack in text block between title page and following leaf. Light browning and foxing to text. Small early owner signature to head of title page, interior otherwise clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. $750. * Only edition. Brydall was a fellow of Queen's College, Oxford, and a bencher of Lincoln's Inn. A remarkably prolific writer, he published 36 legal treatises, and left 30 others in manuscript at the time of his death. All of these are brief, synthetic works. Holdsworth says they are good summaries that are "clearly arranged and based on the leading authorities." Lex Spuriorum, a handbook of English laws concerning illegitimacy, is cited in Holdsworth's review of legal writings of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. OCLC locates 6 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, NY State Appellate Division, Ohio State, Southern Methodist University, University of Michigan, US Supreme Court). Holdsworth, A History of English Law VI:605, 607. English Short-Title Catalogue T116601.
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