"The Foundation of All Similar Productions of the Kind" Wentworth, Thomas [c.1568-1628]. The Office and Dutie of Executors. Or A Treatise of Wils and Executors, Directed to Testators in the Choise of Their Executors and Contrivance of Their Wills. With Direction for Executors in the Execution of Their Office, According to the Law, And for Creditors in the Recovery of Their Debts. Expressing the Duty, Right, Interest, Power and Authority of Executors, And How They May Behave Themselves in the Office of Executorship. With Divers Other Particulars Very Usefull, Profitable, And Behovefull for All Persons, Be They Either Executors, Creditors or Debtors. Compiled Out of the Body of the Common-Law, by Thomas Wentworth, Late Bencher of Lincolnes Inne. London: Printed by T. C. for Andrew Crooke, Laurence Chapman, William Cooke, and Richard Best, 1641. [xxviii], 127, , 145-271,  pp. First leaf and final page blank. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, discreet recent repairs to spine ends and corners, blind rules to boards, blind fillets to spine. Negligible light staining and a few shallow scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine and corners, hinges starting. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to a few leaves. Early owner annotation to front free endpaper, interior otherwise clean. A nice copy. $450. * Third edition "corrected and inlarged," one of three editions from 1641. The "authorship of this treatise is ascribed to Mr. Justice Dodderidge, though the work is commonly Known as Wentworth's Executors. It constitutes the foundation of all similar productions of the kind, and has always been regarded as a high authority in these matters" (Marvin). This was a popular and well-received work. Two more editions were published in 1641. Eleven editions (and issues) followed, the last one in 1774. All are scarce. OCLC locates 8 copies of our edition in North American law libraries (Columbia, Georgetown, LA County, Library of Congress, UC-Berkeley, University of Georgia, University of Virginia, William & Mary ). Marvin, Legal Bibliography 724-725. English Short-Title Catalogue R218906.
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