A Handbook for Gentlemen Presiding Over Their Manorial Courts Scroggs, Sir William [1623?-1683]. The Practice of Courts-Leet, And Courts-Baron. With Full and Exact Directions for Making up Court-Rolls, As Well of Courts Leet as of Courts-Baron: As Also, The Manner of Drawing and Entring all Sorts of Presentments of Forfeitures in Courts-Leet, And of Surrenders, Admissions, and Recoveries in the Nature of Writs of Entry sur Disseisin en le Post at the Common Law. Likewise, Several Curious Matters and Notes in Law, Relating to Presentments; Distress, Amerciaments, Fines, Rescous, Replevin, Wastes, Estrays, By Laws, Harriots, Escheat, Surrenders, &c. With Directions for Giving Charges to the Jury and Homage at a Court-Leet and a Court-Baron. Published from the Manuscripts of Sir Will. Scroggs, Knt. Sometime Lord Chief Justice of England. To This Third Edition are Added, Very Large Additions, And the Late Acts of Parliament Concerning the Duty on Surrenders, Admittances, &c. The Whole Carefully Corrected from the Errors of the Former Impression. [London]: Printed by J. Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer Esq; For D. Browne, In Exeter Exchange in the Strand, A. And J. Churchill at the Black Swan in Pater-Noster Row, And J. Walthoe in the Middle-Temple Cloysters, 1714. [iv], 498,  pp. Includes one-page publisher advertisement. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and fragment of early hand-lettered title label to spine. A few minor nicks, scuffs and stains to boards, a few scuffs to spine, joints just starting at head, corners bumped, hinges partially cracked. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves, early owner signatures to preliminaries, another signature to head of p. 1., gift inscription to front free endpaper. $450. * Third edition, one of two issues from 1714. This handbook for gentlemen presiding over their manorial courts was first published in 1701, with later editions in 1702, 1714 and 1728. The inscription is interesting because it records a gift from a mother to a daughter, which is unusual for a legal book more likely to be passed from a gentleman to a son. It reads "Margaret Joseph Her/ Book given Her by her/ Mother 1781." English Short-Title Catalogue N39789.
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