Scarce English Treatise on Bailiffs Ritson, J[oseph] [1752-1803]. [Frank, Joseph, Editor]. The Office of Bailiff of a Liberty. London: Printed by A. Strahan, 1811. [xv], 80 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, deckle edges. Moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting at ends, hinges cracked. Some toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. A nice copy of a scarce title. $450. * Only edition. Ritson, a former bailiff, was a member of Gray's Inn and the author of several practical and historical works on legal subjects. Holdsworth says his study of bailiffs of a liberty, that is a court officer who executes process, is a "learned antiquarian tract based mainly on the Year Books and mediaeval statutes, with notes of such later statutes as referred to these bailiffs." OCLC locates 12 copies in North American law libraries. Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:337. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:236.
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