The State of English Bankruptcy Law in 1811 Whitmarsh, Francis [1777-1857]. A Treatise on the Bankrupt Laws. London: Printed by A. Strahan, 1811. xi, 83, 330 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, blind fillets and lettering piece to spine, hinges mended. Light rubbing to boards, rubbing to extremities with some wear to corners. Light toning to text, light offsetting to margins of preliminaries and rear endleaves, finger smudges and creases to a few leaves, early owner signature to front free endpaper. $1,500. * First edition. Whitmarsh's treatise is an excellent survey of English bankruptcy law as it stood in 1811. Topics include the act of bankruptcy, petitioning a creditor's debt, assignment by commissioners, imprisonment and proof of debts. Whitmarsh was a barrister of Gray's Inn. A second edition was published in 1817. Both are rare. OCLC locates 6 copies of the first edition (Georgetown Law School, Library of Congress, McGill University Law School, National Library of Scotland, University of Minnesota). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:379.
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