A Maxim-Based Synopsis of English Law A Gentleman of the Middle Temple. The Grounds and Rudiments of Law and Equity, Alphabetically Digested: Containing a Collection of Rules or Maxims, With the Doctrine Upon Them, Illustrated by Various Cases Extracted from the Books and Records, To Evince that These Principles Have Been the Foundation Upon Which the Judges and Sages of the Law Have Built Their Solemn Resolutions and Determinations. The Whole Designed to Reduce the Knowledge of the Laws of England to a more Regular Science, And to Form Them Into a Proper Digest, For the Service of the Professors and Students. With Three Tables. First, Of the Rudiments and Grounds. Second, Of the New Cases. Third, Of Principal Matters. London: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1749. [xxxii], 372,  pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets to joints, raised bands and recent lettering piece to spine, joints and spine ends reinforced. A few nicks and shallow scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting at foot, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked. Light toning to text, occasional light soiling to upper margins of text block, light offsetting to margins of title page. $850. * First edition. This fascinating textbook is a fine example of the maxim-based pedagogy represented by such authors as Bacon, Noy, Wingate and Broome. Grounds and Rudiments contains 526 alphabetically arranged maxims, rules, principles and quotations accompanied by comments and illustrations. It also includes short essays on law in general, the sources of law, the nature of equity and the pedagogical value of maxims. A second edition was published in 1751. English Short-Title Catalogue N6630.
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