The Customary Law of Protectorate-Era London [London]. The City Law, Shewing the Customes, Franchises, Liberties, Priviledges, And Immunities of the Famous City of London. Together With the Names, Natures, Kinds, Jurisdictions, Powers, And Proceedings of the Severall Courts Within the Same: As Also the Titles, Qualities, Advantages, And Profits of the Severall Officers, And Offices in London: And in Whose Dispose Those Offices Are. Necessary to be Known to All Merchants, Citizens, Tradesmen, And Others. London: Printed by T.R. for Timothy Twyford, 1658. [viii], 127,  pp. Octavo (5-1/4" x 3-1/4"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine, edges rouged. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards. Moderate toning to text, minor loss to side-notes of a few leaves due to trimming, spark burns and minor edgewear to a few other leaves, light soiling to title page, internally clean. A handsome copy. $750. * First and only edition. Rich in legal and historical interest, this handbook of London's customary law during the Protectorate (1653-1659) incorporates material from a brief book published at the end of the Civil War, The City-Law: Or, The Course and Practice in All Manner of Juridicall Proceedings in the Hustings in Guildhall, London (1647). It offers an interesting perspective on the relationship between London's old customary laws with the reforms introduced by Cromwell's government. Both editions are scarce. OCLC locates 5 copies of the 1658 edition in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, SMU, University of Pennsylvania, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue R24831.
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