The First Extensive Study of the Subject [Corporations]. [Great Britain]. The Law of Corporations: Containing the Laws and Customs of All the Corporations and Inferior Courts of Record in England. Treating of the Essentials of, And Incidents to, A Corporation. Of Mayors, Bailiffs, Serjeants, &c. And Their Executing Process. Conusance of Pleas. Actions Brought in Inferior Courts, Declarations Pleadings, Venue, &c. Habeas Corpus, Procedendo, Bail, Errors in the Stile, Declarations, Pleadings, Venire's &c. Actions Brought by and Against Corporations. Of Grants by Or to a Corporation and of Misnomer in Both. By-Laws Customs, Disfranchisements and Causes of Disfranchisements. Quo Warranto's, Mandamus's and Their Returns. Dissolution of Corporations. With the Explication of Several Acts of Parliament Relating to the Same. Together With the Stiles and Titles of Most Corporations in England. Necessary to be Known Not Only by the Stewards, Attorneys, And Other Members of the Body Politick, But by All the Professors of the Common Law. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, 1702. [xxxii], 365,  pp. With a half-title and a three-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Later library cloth, calf lettering piece and paper shelf label to spine, "1702" black-stamped to foot. Moderate soiling and rubbing with some wear to edges of lettering piece, front board partially detached, rear hinge cracked. Some toning to text, slightly heavier in places, early owner signature ("Henry Winthrop") and faint library stamp to half-title, a few library marks to verso of title page. $750. * Only edition. Preceded only by William Sheppard's Of Corporations, Fraternities and Guilds (1659), a brief duodecimo volume, this 1702 work was the only treatise in English published before Stewart Kyd's Treatise on Law of Corporations (1793-1794), which is often cited as the first work on the subject. (Kyd does not seem to have been aware of these earlier books.) The anonymous author mentions Sheppard's book but dismisses it, claiming that it "extends not to the fortieth part of the matters relating to Corporations (v). He is correct; his book is much more extensive than Sheppard's and is more an analytical treatise than a handbook. This was clearly the author's ambition: "I have not only shewed the nature of Corpora.
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