Ashe's Law of Obligations and Conditions [Ashe, Thomas (Active 1600-1618)]. The Law of Obligations and Conditions, Or An Accurate Treatise, Wherein is Contained the Whole Learning of the Law Concerning Bills, Bonds, Conditions, Statutes, Recognizances and Defeasances; As also Declarations on Special Conditions, And the Pleadings Thereon, Issues, Judgments and Executions, With many Other Useful Matters Relating Thereunto, Digested Under their Proper Titles. To Which is Added a Table of References to All the Declarations and Pleadings upon Bonds, &c. Now Extant. Also another Table to the Forms of Special Conditions which Lie Scattered in Our President Books. Being a Work Necessary for All that Study the Law, Or Follow the Practick Part Thereof. With an Index of the Principal Matters Therein Contained. By T.A. of Grays-Inn Esq. London: Printed for J. Walthoe, 1693. , 320, 343-566, 565-578,  pp. Includes one-page publisher advertisement. Pagination and collation irregular. Text complete. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands and blind-stamped title (gilding rubbed away) to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting at ends, a few chips to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, rear pastedown beginning to detach. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining to margins in a few places, lower corner lacking from Leaf Ii2 (pp. 473-474) with minor loss to text. A nice copy of a scarce title. $2,500. * Only edition. Ashe was highly regarded for his treatises and indexes of reporters. His lucidly written treatise on obligations and conditions is an excellent introduction of these aspects of contract law as they existed in the seventeenth-century. The books listed in the Table of Pleadings were printed five and six decades after Thomas Ashe's death in 1618. There is some confusion about the author's identity. The Title page has a stylized T that looks like a J and the epistle is signed "J.A." It is likely that "J.A.", perhaps a relative of the author, was the editor of this book. OCLC locates 12 copies in North American law libraries. English Short-Title Catalogue R9431.
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