First Edition of the First English Treatise on Laws Concerning Infants [Carter, Samuel]. The Infants Lawyer: Or, The Law (Both Ancient and Modern) Relating to Infants. Setting Forth Their Priviledges; Their Several Ages for Divers Purposes; Guardians and Prochein Amy, As to Suits and Defences by Them; Actions Brought by and Against Them, With the Manner of Declarations and Pleadings; Fines and Recoveries, And Other Matters of Record Suffered or Acknowledged by Them, How Reversable; Conveyances and Specialties, How Bound by Them or Not; Contracts, Promises, &c. Also, Treating of Infant-Executors, Administrator Durante Minori Aetate, Actions and Suits Brought by Them and Against Them, With the Manner of Declaring and Pleading. Likewise, Of Devises by and to Infants, Apprentices, Custom of London and Pleadings, Orphans, Tryals of Infancy, Portions and Legacies, And Resolutions and Decrees at Common Law and Chancery Concerning the Same. With an Appendix, Of the Forms of Declarations and Pleadings Concerning Infants. London: Printed by the Assigns of R. and E. Atkyns, Esquires, 1697. [xxxii], 303,  pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and fragment of paper title label to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. A few minor nicks and scratches to boards, light rubbing to extremities, wear to head of spine, joints starting, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front hinge starting, interior notably fresh. A handsome copy. $4,500. * First edition. This is the first English treatise on the subject and the first copy of this edition we have seen in 35 years. Its twenty comprehensive chapters consist of a digest of the case law relating to each topic with explanatory comments. Holdsworth notes that "[i]t was a useful book to practitioners since it covers all the topics connected with its subject." A third edition was published in 1726. All editions are scarce. Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII:399-400. English Short-Title Catalogue R32363.
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