One of Sheppard's Great Reforming Treatises on Real Property Sheppard, William [fl. 1660]. The Law of Common Assurances, Touching Deeds in General: Viz. Feoffments. Gifts. Grants. Leases. With Two Alphabetical Tables. London: Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, And Henry Twyford, 1669. [xvi], 898,  pp. Folio (11-1/2" x 7-1/4"). Recent quarter morocco over cloth, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. A few nicks, negligible light rubbing to extremities. Light browning and occasional light foxing to text, light soiling, later library inkstamp and eighteenth-century owner signature and annotation to title page. $750. * Only edition. Active in the Protectorate, where he was Cromwell's legal advisor, Sheppard aimed to reform English common law. Ahead of his time in many ways, many of his proposals anticipate changes that were adopted in the nineteenth century, especially in the Juridicature acts of 1875-78. Sheppard is best-known for his work on real property due to his landmark treatise the Touch-Stone of Common Assurances, which was first published in 1648, and, to a lesser extent, The President of Presidents, which was first published in 1655. His work in this field continued during the Restoration period with The Law of Common Assurances, a treatise that combined a synthesis of his Touch-Stone with updated material and The Practical Counsellor in the Law, a handbook published in 1671. Matthews, William Sheppard, Cromwell's Law Reformer 258-259. English Short-Title Catalogue R37386.
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