The "Longest Lived" Treatise on Courts Leet and Baron Sheppard, William [d.1675?]. Browne, William, Editor. The Court-Keepers Guide for the Keeping of Courts-Leet and Courts-Baron: Wherein Is Largely and Plainly Opened. The Jurisdiction of These Courts, with the Learning of Manors, Copyholds, Rents, Harriots, and Other Services and Advantages Belonging unto Manors; Shewing the Lord's Due and the Tenant's Duty. Usefull for All Persons Concerned in Copyhold Estates. Whereunto are Added Precedents of Copies of Court-Rolls, With Other Additions. London: Printed by the Assigns of Rich. Atkins, and Edw. Atkins, 1685. [xii], 284 pp. Precedents of Copies preceded by divisional title page. Octavo (5-3/4" x 3-3/4"). Later three-quarter calf over marbled boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, which is varnished, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly warned. Moderate toning, (very) faint dampspotting to most of text, small stain near head of following leaf, edgewear and small tears to preliminaries and final few leaves, small chip to title page mended on verso with archival tape, internally clean. Ex-library. Bookplate to front pastedown. $350. * Seventh edition. In his discussion of the common law in the sixteenth century Holdsworth observes "[t]here was still a considerable amount of works to be done by [the courts leet and baron]. The common field system of agriculture needed regulation; the rights and duties of copy-holders were matters for the manorial court to determine, subject to the control of the courts of common law; and statutes of this period had assigned new duties to the leet. Thus a want was felt for something more than the single stereotyped tract which various publishers went on issuing from the press during the first half of this century. (...) [T]he longest lived...was the Court Keeper's Guide of William Sheppard, first published in 1641 and re-issued as late as 1791.": Holdsworth, A History of English Law IV:120-121. This edition not in the ESTC. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:405(62).
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