The First English Treatise on the "Common Law Concerning Husbands and Wives" [Marriage Law]. [Great Britain]. Baron and Feme: A Treatise of the Common Law Concerning Husbands and Wives. Wherein is Contained the Nature of a Feme Covert, And of Marriages, Bastardy, The Privileges of Feme Coverts: What Alterations are Made by Marriage as to Estates, Leases, Goods, and Actions. What Things of the Wife Accrue to the Husband by the Intermarriage, Or Not. What Acts, Charges, Forfeitures by the Husband, Shall Bind the Wife After His Death, Or Not; Of Jointures and Pleadings, Fines and Recovery, Conveyances and Other Law Titles Relating to Baron and Feme. Of Wills, And Feme Covert Being Executrix. Of the Wife's Separate Disposition and Maintenance. What Amounts to the Disposition of the Wife's Term by the Husband. Of Actions Brought by or Against Baron and Feme. What Actions Done, Or Contracts Made by the Wife, Shall Bind Her Husband. Of Indictments and Informations Against Them. Of Baron and Feme's Joinder in Action. Of a Feme Sole Merchant. Declaration and Pleas &c. of Divorces &c. With Many Other Matters Relating to the Said Subject; And Some Useful Precedents. The Third Edition; In Which are Added Many Cases in Law and Equity, From the Best Books of Reports. [London]: Printed by E. And R. Nutt, And R. Gosling, 1738. [xxiv], 485,  pp. Title page preceded by publisher advertisement leaf, text followed by three other advertisement pages. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, blid fillets and lettering piece to spine, speckled edges, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional light foxing. $2,500. * Third and final edition. First published in 1700, with a second edition in 1719, this is the first English treatise devoted exclusively to family law. It is a broadly conceived work. "I have herein considered Baron and Feme in all the circumstances of life, from the solemnization of marriage to the divorce, and have not omitted 'those collateral by-blows, (the title of bastardy making a considerable figure in our books;) and the variety of the matter made me some attonement for the labour" (To The Reader). According to the introduction, the anonymous author seems to have also b.
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