With Interesting Notes on England's Colonies [Curson, Henry]. A Compendium of the Laws and Government Ecclesiastical, Civil and Military, of England, Scotland & Ireland, And Dominions, Plantations and Territories Thereunto Belonging, With the Maritime Power Thereof, and Jurisdiction of Courts Therein: Methodically Digested Under Their Proper Heads. London: Printed by the Assigns of Rich. And Edw. Atkins, Esquires, for J. Walthoe, 1699. [xvi], 642,  pp. Four parts, each with title page. Variant cancel title page with horizontal chain lines. Title preceded by publisher advertisement. Final leaf is a blank. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along spine, raised bands and recent lettering piece to spine, gilt fillets along board edges. A few minor scratches and a few inkspots to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, small chip to head of spine, front hinge cracked. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places. An attractive copy. $1,500. * First edition, one of two issues from 1699. This compendium of English law during the early years of the Restoration is perhaps most notable for its three appendices: "A Compendium of the Laws and Government of Scotland, With the Islands Thereunto Belonging", "A Compendium of the Laws and Government of Ireland, With the Islands Thereunto Belonging," "A Compendious Description of the English Plantations in Asia, Africa and America" and "Addenda, Or, A Supplement of Things Omitted in the Impression of the Book." A second edition was published in 1732. This is a scarce title. OCLC locates 7 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Columbia, Furman, Harvard, Library of Congress, University of Cincinnati, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania). Sabin, A Dictionary of Books Relating to America 15046. English Short-Title Catalogue R9670.
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