Copy of a Classic Treatise on Criminal Law with an Interesting Association Hawkins, William [1673-1746]. A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown; Or a System of the Principal Matters Relating to that Subject, Digested Under Proper Their Proper Heads. Corrected, With the Addition of Some References. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, 1724. Two volumes in one book. [xiv], 266, ; [viii], 464,  pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 8"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, paper shelf label, gilt volume number and gilt library name to spine, small security tag and blind-stamped library name to front board, library stamps to top and bottom edges, endleaves added. Light shelfwear. Light browning to text, somewhat lighter in places, occasional dampspotting and dampstaining to margins, library stamps to endleaves and versos of title pages, early owner inscription to front endleaf, by Randolph Greenway, Jr, owner signatures of William H. Tod dated February 1792 and George Sharswood dated 1838 to title page of Volume I. $500. * Second 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). Sharswood [1810-1883] was a Pennsylvania jurist and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is remembered today for his important edition of Blackstone's Commentaries (first edition 1859). Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:415. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 326. English Short-Title Catalogue T126275.
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