Primary Source for Many Subsequent Manuals Blackerby, Samuel [fl. 1720-1738]. Blackerby, Nathaniel. The First Part of the Justice of Peace His Companion; Or, A Summary of All the Acts of Parliament, Whereby One, Two, Or More Justices of the Peace, Are Authorized to Act, Not Only In, But Out of the Sessions of Peace. Begun by Samuel Blackerby, Alphabetically Digested, And Continued to the End of the Last Session of Parliament, 1729. With an Exact Table, By Nathaniel Blackerby, Esq. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1730. [xxiv], 508 pp. [And] Blackerby, Samuel. Blackerby, Nathaniel. The Second Part of the Justice of Peace His Companion; Or, Cases in Law, (Wherein Justices of the Peace have a Jurisdiction) which Have Been Determined by the Judges From the Reign of King Edward III, Down to the Year 1734. With Some Modern Cases Never Before Published. The Whole Digested in an Alphabetical Order, and Carefully Examin'd and Revis'd. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt and Richard Gosling, 1734. [iv], vii-xxiv, 360 pp. Includes one-page publisher list. 12mo. (5" x 3"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, gilt tooling along board edges, lettering pieces, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt volume numbers to spine. Light rubbing and a few nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, joints just starting at ends, early armorial bookplates (of Joseph Pickford, Esq.) to front pastedowns. Light toning to text, a few brief early annotations and faint dampstains to endleaves. Nice copies bound as a uniform set in attractive bindings. $650. * Fifth editions. The first edition of Blackerby's Justice of the Peace, His Companion appeared in 1711. A companion volume, Cases in Law, which carries the subtitle "The Second Part of the Justice of Peace's Companion," followed in 1717. Both were held in high esteem, went though several editions and served as primary sources for many subsequent manuals. Justice of the Peace is arranged alphabetically by topic. Such entries as Apprentices, Bastardy, Gaming Houses, Overseers of the Poor, Papists and Popish Recusants and Witchcraft offer a unique perspective on rural English society during the early 1700s. English Short-Title Catalogue N97.
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