First Edition of the First English Treatise on Sheriffs Dalton, Michael [d.ca. 1648]. Officium Vicecomitum: The Office and Authoritie of Sherifs, Written for the Better Incouragement of the Gentrie (Upon Whom the Burthen of This Office Lyeth) to Keepe Their Office, And Undersherife, In Their Houses; That so by Theire Continuall Care of the Businesse, And Eyeover Their Officeres, They May the Better Discharge Their Dutie to God, Their Prince, And Countrey, In the Execution of This Their Office. Gathered Out of the Statutes, And Bookes of the Common Lawes of this Kingdome. London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1623. [iv], 194,  ff. The first leaf and last leaves are blank. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"). Nineteenth-century pigskin, blind frames to boards, raised bands and red and black lettering pieces to spine, endpapers added, hinges reinforced with cloth. Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends and corners, joints cracked through, boards secure, library stamps to edges of text block and verso of title page, library bookplate to front pastedown. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Light browning to text, occasional faint dampstaining, a few leaves dog-eared, some edgewear and chipping to preliminaries and a few other leaves, including final leaves of index, a few chips just touching border of title page. $650. * First edition. This is the first English treatise on sheriffs. As its title suggests, it is a remarkably comprehensive work. Holdsworth, who cites it several times, says "in spite of a growing number of rivals, it continued to be a standard authority until the beginning of the eighteenth century.": History of English Law IV:119. English Short-Title Catalogue S107284.
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