A Rare Layman's Guide Based on Blackstone Trusler, John [1735-1820]. A Concise View of the Common Law and Statute Law of England, Carefully Collected from the Statutes and Best Common Law Writers, And Systematically Digested. London: Printed for the Author, [c.1780-1781]. [iv], 388,  pp. With a two-page catalogue of Trusler's works. Quarto (10-1/2" x 8-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, blind fillets to spine, lettering piece lacking. A few scratches and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to boards and extremities with some wear to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front board beginning to separate but secure, early owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning, light foxing and soiling to preliminaries and final leaves of text, worming to lower corners of the last dozen leaves, text not affected. A rare title. $2,500. * Only edition. The Rev. John Trusler, an English divine, was a remarkably prolific author of popular books on a variety of subjects ranging from etiquette, personal health and gardening to finance and law. His most famous works are The Way to be Rich and Respectable (1780) and Hogarth Moralized (1768). His legal writings include Useful and Legal Information to Purchasers & Possessors of Estates (c. 1810) and A Summary of the Constitutional Laws of England, Being an Abridgement of Blackstone's Commentaries (1788). His Concise View of the Common Law and Statute Law is an original synthetic work derived from the statutes and the "best common law writers." There are only a handful of references to authorities cited in this book. Blackstone isn't among them. However, the book is clearly modeled on the Commentaries. (The Dictionary of National Biography, confusing this book with the Summary, states erroneously that the Concise View is "an abridgment" of the Commentaries.) We based the publication date from the advertisement leaf. It lists a work by Trusler published in 1780 and an announcement for his "forthcoming" Family Tables, which was issued in 1781. We have never handled a copy of this book and we did not find any auction records for it on American Book Prices Current or Rare Book Hub. OCLC locates 5 copies (British Library, Library of Congress, University of Minnesota, National Library of Scot.
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