Connecting the "Systems of Lawyers and Philosophers" Bellers, Fettiplace [1687-c.1750]. A Delineation of Universal Law: Being an Abstract of an Essay Towards Deducing the Elements of Universal Law, from the First Principles of Knowledge, and the Nature of Things: in a Methodical and Connected Series. In Five books. I. Of Law in General. II. Of Private Law. III. Of Criminal Law. IV. Of the Laws of Magistracy. V. Of the Law of Nations. London: Printed for R. Dodsley, 1750. xiv, , 74,  pp. With a half-title and a final publisher advertisement leaf. Quarto (10" x 8"). Contemporary calf, gilt-edged raised bands to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Light gatoring and scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, front board just beginning to separate, but secure, rear joint cracked, early armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning, light foxing in places. $1,850. * First edition, a revised version of a work issued in 1740 under the title An Abstract of an Essay Towards Deducing the Elements of Universal Law. Bellers was a playwright and philosophical writer. An interesting jurisprudential study, A Delineation of Universal Law divides its subject into five parts: law in general, private law, criminal law, the laws of magistracy and the law of nations. The publisher's Advertisement (preface) says this was a posthumously edited abstract of a larger work designed "to connect the separate Systems of Lawyers and Philosophers, by deducing an entire Body of Laws from Principles of Truth and Knowledge." A second edition was published in 1754. Both editions of this work are scarce, its 1740 predecessor is rare. OCLC locates 12 copies of the 1750 edition in North America, 4 in law libraries (Harvard, Southern Methodist University, University of Virginia, York University). English Short-Title Catalogue N6230.
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