The Book that Established the Field of Equity Jurisprudence Francis, Richard [fl. 1719-1728]. Maxims of Equity, Collected From, And Proved by Cases, Out of the Books of the Best Authority in the High Court of Chancery. To Which is Added the Case of the Earl of Coventry, Concerning the Defective Execution of Powers Lately Adjudged in the High Court of Chancery. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1746. [viii], 72, , 20 pp. [Bound with] [Ballow, Henry (1707-1782), Attributed]. A Treatise of Equity. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, 1737. [xvi], 132 pp. Title page preceded by one-page publisher advertisement. Folio (12" x 7-1/2"). Recent library buckram, raised bands, red and black lettering pieces, gilt-stamped institution name and shelf label to spine, small security tag and blind-stamped institution name to front board, endleaves added. Light shelfwear, institution bookplate to front pastedown, partial crack in text block between titles. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light foxing to a few leaves, occasional brief recent annotations in pencil, early cross-outs and corrections (?) to first leaf of Treatise, library stamps to edges and endleaves, small early owner signature to title page of Maxims, which has a vertical crease through its center and a small library stamp to its verso, stamps to a few other leaves. $750. * Maxims: third and final edition; Treatise: first edition. This volume joins two classic English works on equity jurisprudence. First published in 1727, Maxims of Equity was the first textbook on equity published since St. German's Doctor and Student (1523). It is generally considered to be the book that founded the field of equity jurisprudence. Francis outlines fourteen maxims, such as "Equality is Equity" and "Equity suffers not a right to be without a remedy." Each maxim is followed by a brief summary of cases that illustrate its application. As Roscoe Pound observed, Francis created a precursor to the casebook: "his maxims for the most part are independent attempts to state principles derived from the study of cases" (Pound). The third edition was reissued in Dublin in 1791. Attibuted to Henry Ballow, A Treatise of Equity was the standard work on the subject in Great Britain and North America before Story's Commentaries on E.
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