A Classic Treatise on Criminal Law Hawkins, William [1673-1746]. Leach, Thomas [1746-1818], Editor. A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown: Or, A System of the Principal Matters Relating to that Subject, Digested Under Their Proper Heads. The Seventh Edition: In Which the Text is Carefully Collated with the Original Work; The Marginal References Corrected; New References from Modern Reporters Added; A Variety of Manuscript Cases Inserted; And the Whole Enlarged by an Incorporation of the Several Statutes Upon Subjects of Criminal Law, To the Thirty-Fifth Year of George the Third. To Which an Explanatory Preface is Prefixed, And New and Copious Indexes are Subjoined. London: Printed for G.G. and J. Robinson, 1795. Four volumes. Octavo (5-1/2" x 9-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, raised bands and upper and lower lettering pieces to spines, lower lettering pieces with volume and library shelf numbers, endpapers renewed. A few nicks and scratches, a fair amount of gilding worn away from lettering pieces of each volume, faint residue from removed bookplate to front free endpaper of Volume I. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places in each volume, light offsetting to margins of title pages. An attractive set. $500. * Seventh edition. Considered one of the four major law books of the eighteenth century by Holdsworth, Pleas is the first comprehensive English treatise on criminal law. A seminal work in criminal procedure and jurisdiction, it is "deservedly of high authority and still cited. It was the starting-point of modern laborious treatises on the criminal law which are valuable as digests of the subject, but which have no advance on Hawkins plan or style" (Winfield). Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:415. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 326. English Short-Title Catalogue T114700.
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