Handsome First Edition of Burn's Justice Burn, Richard [1709-1785]. The Justice of the Peace, And Parish Officer. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1755. Two volumes. xxvii, , 541, ; [iii], 573,  pp. Three-page publisher advertisement at end of Volume I, another one-page advertisement facing title page of Volume I. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, blind tooling to board edges, raised bands and black-stamped volume numbers to spines. Light rubbing and a few minor stains to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities, some chipping to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, faint bookplate residue to pastedowns, hinges cracked. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, minor stains and smudges to a few leaves, early owner annotations and signatures to endleaves and verso of Volume I title page. An appealing set. $1,750. * First edition. A remarkably durable work, Burn's Justice went through 30 editions by 1869 and was excerpted often in early American justice manuals, such as Parker's Conductor Generalis (1764) and Burn's Abridgment of Burn's Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer (1773). It covers such topics as Accessory, Alehouses, Aliens, Assault and Battery, Bail (By Writ of Habeas Corpus), Bankrupt, Banks for Savings (Rules and Regulations), Burglary, Clergy, Dogs, Evidence, Excise and Customs, Fish and Fisheries, Forfeiture, Forgery, Game, Homicide, Indictment, Jurors, Libel, Oaths, Insolvent Debtors, Polygamy, Poor Law, Promissory Notes, Rape, Riot, Robbery, Taxes, Vagrants and much more. Holdsworth notes that "a perusal of these headings tells us something of the development of the system of local government" during the time of the book's publication. Holdsworth, A History of English Law X:162. English Short-Title Catalogue T68627.
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