Important Early Treatise on Parish Law Shaw, Joseph [1671-1733]. Parish Law: Or, A Guide to Justices of the Peace, Ministers, Church- Wardens, Overseers of the Poor, Constables, Surveyors of the Highways, Vestry-Clerks, And All Others Concern'd in Parish Business: Compiled From the Common, Statute, and Other Authentick Books; As Also From Some Adjudged Cases Never Before Published: Together With Correct Forms of Warrants, Commitments, Indictments, Presentments, Convictions, &c. To Which is Added A Choice Collection of Precedents for Justices of the Peace, Communicated by an Able Hand. With a New and Correct Table. With Many Cases from Lord Raymond and Other New Reports, And the Acts of Parliament Continued to the Present Time: With Observations on the Last Vagabond Act. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, (Assignee of Edw. Sayer, Esq;) for R. Ware, 1748. [xvi], 378,  pp. Octavo (8" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind frames to boards, blind fillets along joints, gilt tooling along board edges, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, recent repair to head of spine, rear free endpaper renewed. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn, front hinge cracked, early armorial bookplate to front pastedown, crack in text block between final two index leaves. Light toning to text, minor foxing to a few leaves. A handsome copy. $150. * Sixth edition. "A more modern and much more important unit of local government--the parish--was made the subject of a book by Joseph Shaw in 1733, which reached a tenth edition in 1763. It is a useful and clearly written summary of a topic which demanded a knowledge both of ecclesiastical law and of the common law enacted and unenacted.": Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII:338. English Short-Title Catalogue N11020.
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