Nineteenth-Century Proposals to Codify English Property and Partnership Law [Great Britain]. [Real Property]. [Partnership]. First [-Fourth] Report Made to His Majesty by the Commissioners Appointed to Inquire into the Law of England Respecting Real Property. [London: H.M. Stationery Office], 1830-1832. Four books in three volumes. Complete set. First Report has two folding tables of inheritance. [Bound at End of Book I] [Ker, Henry Bellenden (1785?-1871)]. Report on the Law of Partnership; With an Appendix Thereto. [London: H.M. Stationery Office], 1838. [ii], 86 pp. Folio (Books I and III: 13-1/4" x 8-1/5"; Book II: 12-1/2" x 8-1/2"). Softbound volumes bound into later library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, raised bands and library initials to spines, blind-stamped library name to front boards, endpapers added. Light shelfwear and soiling, library stamps to endleaves and title pages. Moderate toning, a few loose leaves and signatures, minor chips and tears to a few leaves. Gift inscription dated 1845 to title pages of the real property reports, annotations to a few passages in the First Report. Two scarce titles. $2,500. * Only editions. At the end of the Napoleonic wars Great Britain experienced an unprecedented public demand for the reform of the law (and other public institutions). At the urging of Parliament, two royal commissions were established with broad mandates to recommend changes in the law, one for criminal law and another to addressing law of real property. Influenced by Bentham, these law reform initiatives initiated the most extensive discussion of and proposals for legislative codification in English legal history. Later projects, such as the reform of partnership, followed later. Though never adopted, these reports recommended many reforms that were ultimately enacted. They also established a precedent for the codification of English law. First [-Fourth] Report: OCLC locates 5 copies in North America, 3 in law libraries (LA County, Northwestern, Stanford); Partnership: OCLC locates 2 copies, 1 in North America (University of Chicago). Not in Sweet & Maxwell.
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