Rare 1722 Philadelphia Bradford Edition of the Conductor Generalis [C] [Conductor Generalis]. Conductor Generalis, Or the Office, Duty and Authority of Justices of the Peace, High-Sheriffs, Under-Sheriffs, Goalers, Coroners, Constables, Jury Men, Over-Seers of the Poor, And also the Office of Clerks of Assize and of the Peace, &c. Collected Out of all the Books Hitherto Written on those Subjects, Whether of Common or Statute Law. To Which is Added, A Collection Out of Sir Matthew Hales Concerning The Descent of Lands. The Whole Alphabetically Digested Under the Several Titles, With a Table Directing to the Ready Finding Out the Proper Matter Under those Titles. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by Andrew Bradford, 1722. [viii], xii, 299,  pp. Two parts with continuous pagination. Second part, which follows p. 232 has a title page reading (in part) The Office, Duty and Authority of Sheriffs. Quarto (7-1/4" x 6"). Contemporary paneled sheep, rebacked retaining existing spine with raised bands. Some rubbing to boards and extremities, corners and hinges mended, endpapers derived from printer's waste, rear free endpaper lacking. Light browning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampstaining to upper corner of text block, finger smudges to a few leaves, clean tears to leaves Ii2, Zz2, Zz3 and Aa2 (pp. 199-200, 291-294, 299-) mended, early owner signature (George Mumford/ July 13th 1726) to head of title page. $7,500. * The office of justice of the peace was an English institution transplanted to the American colonies. Soon after the arrival of the institution, it became apparent to colonial printers that some sort of vade mecum would be useful to those officials. The first of these was published in New York in 1711 as the Conductor Generalis was the first of these manuals not imported from England. The similar 1722 Philadelphia imprint was the second. It was followed by at least nine other versions by different editors and printers. All share the following features: a section of legal terms and procedures, a section outlining the duties and responsibilities of justices of the peace and other officers, a selection of forms and excerpts from British legal sources and documents. (Some later manuals have local and federal laws.) Sabin, A Dictionary of Books.
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