Early English Treatise on Bankruptcy that Summarizes About Fifty Cases Not Reported Elsewhere Davies, Thomas. The Laws Relating to Bankrupts, Brought Home to the Present Time: With Several Special Cases, Modern Determinations, and Precedents Relating Thereto; and Directions for Creditors and Debtors. Also A List of the Fees in Bankruptcy, and the Method of Proceeding Therein. With Notes and References: And Two Tables, One of the Names of the Cases, The Other of the Principal Matters. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1744. xii, 470, , 515-522, , 523-550 pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-3/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting in places, repaired chip to head of title page, later library stamp and markings to its verso, small tear to following leaf. A desirable copy. $1,500. * Only edition (and the only early work on the English law of bankruptcy printed as a folio). Featuring copious marginal notes, sample forms and accounts of several cases, this volume was conceived as an attorney's handbook. As Davies states in the preface, "I hope it will be of some service, and in several instances be like a land mark to the doubtful mariner, and prevent [him] from splitting upon the rocks, or running ashore upon the sands of mistake and uncertainty." Beginning with a basic definition, Davies describes the various types of bankruptcy, the conditions under which people are entitled to declare bankruptcy, court procedures, and specific problems, such as the rights due to wives and children. Sweet & Maxwell notes that this volume summarizes about fifty cases not reported elsewhere. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:541. English Short-Title Catalogue T118298.
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