A Classic Treatise on Criminal Law Hawkins, William [1673-1746]. Leach, Thomas [1746-1818], Editor. A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown; Or, A System of the Principal Matters Relating to that Subject, Digested Under Proper Heads. In Two Books. The Sixth Edition, In Which the Text is Carefully Collated with the Original Work; The Marginal References Corrected; New References from the Modern Reporters Added; A Variety of Manuscript Cases Inserted; And the Whole Enlarged by an Incorporation of the Several Statutes Upon Subjects of Criminal Law, To the Twenty-Seventh Year of George the Third. To Which an Explanatory Preface is Prefixed, And New and Copious Indexes are Subjoined. London: Printed by His Majesty's Law-Printers, . Volume I misdated 1777 on the title page. Two volumes. [xxx], 576, ; 661, [xiv],  pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary calf with later rebacking, blind fillets to boards, raised bands, lettering pieces to spines and gilt edition statements and volume numbers to spines, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and worn, Volume II joints starting, crack to head of its spine, a few cracks to text blocks. Light toning, light foxing in places, illegible early owner signatures to title pages. $250. * Sixth edition. Considered one of the four major law books of the eighteenth century by Holdsworth, Pleas is the first comprehensive English treatise on criminal law. A seminal work in criminal procedure and jurisdiction, it is "deservedly of high authority and still cited. It was the starting-point of modern laborious treatises on the criminal law which are valuable as digests of the subject, but which have no advance on Hawkins plan or style" (Winfield). Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:415. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 326. English Short-Title Catalogue N13973.
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