One of the Best Manuals of Its Kind [Sheriffs]. [Great Britain]. The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is Set Forth, His Office and Authority; with Directions, How and in What Manner to Execute the Same, According to the Common and Statute Laws of this Kingdom, Which are Now in Force and Use: And the Judgments and Resolutions of the Judges in Divers Late Cases in the Several Courts of Westminster, Relating Thereunto. Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and Their Deputies; And Where the High-Sheriff Shall be Answerable for Their Defaults, And Where Not, &c. Together with the Learning of Bail-Bonds; With an Explication of Stat. 23 H. 6. Cap. 10. And Pleadings Thereon. Retorns of Writs, Remedies Against Non Retorn and Faux Retorn, Habeas Corpus, Venires, Challenges and Enquiry of Damages. Prisoners and Prisons. Execution by Fleri Fac', Elegit, &c. Escapes, Actions and Pleadings Therein. Fresh Pursuit, and Other Pleas. Attachment, Amerciament: Actions, Declarations and Pleadings on the Sheriffs Non-Feasance or Male-Feasance. Customs of London, As to Prisons, Courts, Process, Sheriffs Fees, Extortion, Sheriffs Accompts, &c. To Which is Added, The Office and Duty of Coroners, And Many Modern Adjudged Cases Relating to the Office of a Sheriff to This Time, &c. London: Printed by John Nutt, Assignee of Edward Sayer Esq;, 1710. [xxiv], 496 [i.e.498],  pp. Advertising leaf facing title page. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt ornaments to spine, lettering piece lacking. Some minor nicks and scuffs, some rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, front hinge starting at head, pastedowns loose, early armorial bookplate (of the Marquis of Haedfort) to front pastedown leaf. Light, generally very light, toning to text, lower corner lacking from advertisement leaf with loss to text, tiny early mark in ink to foot of title page. $300. * Second edition. One of the most thorough books of its kind, the aptly-titled Compleat Sheriff is notably descriptive. It also includes citations of legal cases, bibliographical references, chapters on juries and habeas corpus and a detailed discussion of the law of escapes. A useful and long-lived work, it was first published in 1696. This edition was reissued in 1710 with a cancel title page; it was followed by four later editions, the last in 1778. All are scarce. OC.
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