The "Longest Lived" Treatise on Courts Leet and Baron Sheppard, William [d.1675?]. The Court-Keepers Guide: Or, A Plain and Familiar Treatise, Needful and Useful for the Help of Many That are Imployed in the Keeping of Law-Days, Or Courts Baron. Wherein is Largely and Plainly Opened the Jurisdiction of These Courts, With the Learning of Mannors, Copyholds, Rents, Harriots, And Other Services and Advantages Belonging Unto Mannors, To the Great Profit of Lords of Mannors, And Owners of These Courts. With Additions by the Author. London: Printed by W[illiam] G[odbid] for Gabriel Bedel, and Thomas Collins, 1662. [iv], 254, ,  pp. Includes 14-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (5-3/4" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, later lettering piece and gilt fillets to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to head of spine, corners bumped and somewhat worn, a few shallow scuffs to boards, early repair to lower corner of rear board, later owner bookplate to front pastedown, a few cracks to text block. Light toning to text, a few leaves loose and lightly edgeworn, small stain and tiny hole to title page. A nice copy. $450. * Fifth edition. In his discussion of the common law in the sixteenth century Holdsworth observes "[t]here was still a considerable amount of work 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. English Short-Title Catalogue R33880.
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