An Interesting Summary of Early Eighteenth-Century English Poor Laws Foley, Robert, Compiler. Laws Relating to the Poor, From the Forty-Third of Queen Elizabeth to the Third of King George II. With Cases Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, Upon the Several Clauses of Them. In a Method Entirely New. [London]: Printed by E. And R. Nutt, And R. Gosling, (Assigns of E. Sayer, Esq;) for T. Woodward, 1739. [xxxii], 284,  pp. Includes one-page publisher advertisement. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over cloth, endpapers renewed. Light toning to text, worming to lower margins to preliminaries and first three leaves of main text carefully mended, internally clean. $650. * First edition. Apparently the first book arranged chronologically, this digested compilation of legislation and related case law was intended for sheriffs and justices of the peace. Each act is followed by a set of illustrative cases. Foley plan also demonstrates the evolution of poor laws. "In a word, from a view of the progress of the several Acts of Parliament, the reader sees in an historical light the particular inconveniences each was to guard against, and so enters into the wisdom of the Legislature" [vi]. This was a well-received work. Later editions were published in 1743, 1751 and 1758. Not in Goldsmiths.' English Short-Title Catalogue T113188.
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