English Poor-Law Cases with an Abridgment Burrow, Sir James [1701-1782]. A Series of the Decisions of the Court of King's Bench Upon Settlement-Cases; From the Death of Lord Raymond in March 1732: To Which is Added a Complete Abridgment of the Substance of Each Case, And Two Tables of the Names in Them. Published for the Use of Gentlemen in the Commission of the Peace, And of Barristers and Others Attending the Quarter-Sessions. London: Published by His Majesty's Law-Printers, 1768. Two volumes bound as one. xv, , 364; [iv], -625, ,x-xv,, 631-653,  pp. Complete. Appended to Volume II is an essay by Burrow with a separate title page: A Few Thoughts Upon Pointing and Some Other Helps Towards Perspicuity of Expression. Quarto (10-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary calf, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, edges rouged, blind tooling to board edges. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few minor chips to spine ends, front joint starting at ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front hinge starting. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves, light soiling to title page. $450. * First edition. The first collection of settlement cases was published anonymously from 1750 and 1754. (The appended work, A Few Thoughts About Pointing, concerns punctuation.) Burrow's collection, the second of its kind, was published in response to the request of justices of the peace and counsel attending quarter sessions. As he points out in the preface of this work, his position as Master of the Crown Office gave him unique opportunities for reporting the orders made by the court on these cases. This work went through three editions, the last one in 1786. Marvin notes that "of all other reporters [his style is] the most elementary and methodical, and, therefore, best suited to impart instruction to the student.": Legal Bibliography 165. English Short-Title Catalogue T96778.
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