A Scarce Treatise on Evidence in Cases Concerning Controverted Elections to the House of Commons Tomlins, Thomas Edlyne [1762-1841]. Cases Explanatory of the Rules of Evidence, Before Committees of Election, Of the House of Commons. Compiled from the Reports of the Trials of Controverted Elections; Before Such Committees. London: Printed for A. Strahan, 1796. x, 192 pp. Half-title lacking. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, gilt library name and paper location label to spine, blind-stamped library name and small security tag to front board, endleaves added, library stamps to edges of text block and endleaves. Negligible light shelfwear, front free endpaper lacking. Light toning to text, occasional faint dampstaining to lower margins, underlining in a few places, some offsetting and edgewear to title page. A scarce title. $750. * Only edition. Tomlins was a leading legal writer of his day. He published an important dictionary, edited important editions of Littleton's Tenures and Jacob's New Law-Dictionary and contributed entries to the Statutes of the Realm. In the preface, Tomlins says he intended this book for "Members of the Profession, and others engaged in the several Stages of Contested Elections [as well as] Gentlemen chosen of Election-Committees by the House of Commons" (iii). Combined, OCLC and ESTC locate 12 copies, 6 in North America (Harvard Law School, Library of Congress, Massachusetts State Library, National Library of Scotland, University of Minnesota, York University). English Short-Title Catalogue T112829.
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