An Ambitious and Sophisticated English Layman's Guide from 1791 [Great Britain]. A Law Grammar: Or, An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of English Jurisprudence. Containing Rudiments and Illustrations of 1. The Laws of Nature, 2. The Law of God, 3. The Law of Nations, 4. The Law Politic, 5. The Civil Law, 6. The Common Law, 7. The Law of Reason, 8. General Customs, 9. Established Maxims, 10. The Roman Code, 11. The Canon Law, 12. The Marine Law, 13. The Military Law, 14. The Forest Law, 15. The Game Law, 16. The Statute Law, 17. The Municipal Law, 18. The Rights of Persons, 19. The Rights of Things, 20. Civil Injuries, 21. Modes of Redress, 22. Crimes & Misdemeanors, 23. Modes of Punishment, 24. The Courts of Justice, 25. The Vocabula Artis, 26. A General Index. London: Printed for G. G. J. and J. Robinson, 1791. [ii], 544,  pp. Bound without half-title present in some copies. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to head of spine, faint vertical crease through spine, rear joint cracked (but secure), crack in text block between final two leaves of index. Light toning to text, light foxing to preliminaries and a few other leaves. $750. * First edition. More ambitious and sophisticated than a typical layman's guide, this anonymous work was clearly intended for a well-educated reader or aspiring lawyer. It provides an overview of common, Roman and other legal systems, a chapter-length law dictionary and an annotated collection of 158 maxims. It is side-noted throughout to passages in books by such authors as Blackstone, Coke, Hawkins, Littleton, Montesquieu and Pufendorf. This book was reissued in Dublin in 1791. (It is star-paged to the London edition). English Short-Title Catalogue T112675.
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