With an Interesting Tract on Law Reform [Cunningham, Timothy (d. 1789)]. Reports of Cases Argued and Adjudged in the Court of King's Bench, In the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Years, Of His Late Majesty King George the Second. During which Time The Right Honourable the Earl of Hardwicke was Lord Chief Justice of that Court. With Tables of the Names of the Cases and Principal Matters. To Which is Prefixed, A Proposal for Rendering the Laws of England Clear and Certain, Humbly Offered to the Consideration of Both Houses of Parliament. London: Printed for W. Owen, 1766. [iv], xxi, , 178 pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Recent quarter-morocco over cloth, calf lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Some toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining to head of text block, light soiling, early annotation (shelf number?) and later library stamp to title page, another stamp to foot of p. 178. $500. * First edition. Remembered today as the author of an important law dictionary, Cunningham was one of the most prolific and versatile legal writers of the eighteenth century. Containing reports of cases decided by Lord Chief Justice Hardwicke, his Reports is prefaced by an interesting 17-page tract, "offered to the consideration of both houses of Parliament" titled "A Proposal for Rendering the Laws of England Clear and Certain." Later editions were published in 1770 and 1871. Contrary to its title, this book does not include cases past the eighth year of George II. A note on p. [iii] states that "The second part of these reports is in the press," but this volume was never published. English Short-Title Catalogue N13213.
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