An Authority on the Poor Laws of England [Bott, Edmund]. A Collection of Decisions of the Court of King's Bench Upon the Poor's Laws, Down to the Present Time. In Which are Contained Many Cases Never Before Published; Extracted from the Notes of a Very Eminent Barrister Deceased: The Whole Digested in a Regular Order. By a Barrister at Law of the Inner Temple. To Which are Prefixed, Extracts from the Statutes Concerning the Poor. London: Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall, [c.1770]. [xxxviii], LXXIII, 291 [i.e.292],  pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary sheep, rebacked and re-cornered, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. A few nicks and light scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities. Moderate toning to text, some edgewear to front endleaf facing title page. Early owner annotations and signatures to front endleaf and head of preface, interior otherwise clean. $450. * First edition. This well-indexed and annotated collection of cases and statutes was a well-regarded authority that went through five later editions, the last in 1827. The ESTC conjectures 1770 as the publication date, others suggest 1771. Despite its popularity, all editions of this book are scarce. OCLC locates 9 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, LA County, Library of Congress, State of Oregon, UC-Berkeley, University of Georgia, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania). English Short-Title Catalogue T184869.
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