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"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title to spine. Moderate toning to text, early marks in pencil to a few leaves, minor creases and light edgewear to a few other leaves, embossed owner stamps to title page and following leaf. A nice copy of a scarce title in a handsome binding. $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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