Recommended by Blackstone Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey [1674-1726]. The History and Practice of the Court of Common Pleas. Being an Historical Account of the Original Institution and Rise of the Antient Practice of the Court of Common Pleas; Shewing by What Various Regulations and Amendments the Modern Practice of that Court Hath been Introduced; Teaching in an Easy and Familiar Manner the Rules and Order of Conducting the Plea Through Every Particular Branch of the Practice. Interspersed with Curious Observations on the Difference of the Practice of that Court and the Court of King's Bench. By a Late learned judge. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, 1737. [viii], xviii, 223,  pp. Title page preceded by publisher advertisement. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary sheep with later rebacking, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Front board detached, along with front free end paper and following endleaf, a few scuffs to boards, corners worn, some chipping to head of spine. Negligible light soiling to advertisement and title page, interior otherwise fresh. $250. * First edition. "[In the Commentaries] Sir William Blackstone highly recommends this work to the perusal of the student, which, he says, has traced out the reason of many parts of our modern practice from the feudal institutions, and primitive construction of our courts, in a most clear and ingenious manner." It went through three later editions, the last reissued in Dublin in 1792. Blackstone cited in Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:270 (73). English Short-Title Catalogue N7556.
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