The Book that Established the Field of Equity Jurisprudence Francis, Richard [fl. 1719-1728]. Maxims of Equity, Collected From, And Proved by Cases, Out of the Books of the Best Authority in the High Court of Chancery. To Which is Added the Case of the Earl of Coventry, Concerning the Defective Execution of Powers Lately Adjudged in the High Court of Chancery. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1746. [viii], 72, , 20 pp. Folio (12" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and recent period-style lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and some shallow scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to foot of spine, front joint just starting at foot, corners bumped and somewhat worn, interior notably clean and bright. $850. * Third and final edition. First published in 1727, this was the first textbook on equity published since St. Germain's Doctor and Student (1523). It is generally considered to be the book that founded the field of equity jurisprudence. Francis outlines fourteen maxims, such as "Equality is Equity" and "Equity suffers not a right to be without a remedy." Each maxim is followed by a brief summary of cases that illustrate its application. As Roscoe Pound observed, Francis created a precursor to the casebook: "his maxims for the most part are independent attempts to state principles derived from the study of cases" (Pound). The third edition was reissued in Dublin in 1791. Pound, "On Certain Maxims of Equity" in Cambridge Legal Essays 261-262. English Short-Title Catalogue T101042.
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