Early Edition of Burn's Justice Burn, Richard [1709-1785]. The Justice of the Peace, And Parish Officer. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1757. Three volumes. xxiv, 520; 432; 512 pp. Complete set. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and black-stamped volume numbers to spines, blind tooling to board edges, lettering pieces lacking. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs and nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends, corners bumped, boards partially detached but secure, spot of paint to spine of Volume I. Moderate toning, light foxing to most of interiors, early annotations to front free endpaper of Volume II, early owner signature (of Sam Foster) to title pages of Volumes II and III, (illegible) early owner initials (or cipher) to front free endpaper of Volume I. $500. * Fourth edition. A remarkably durable work, Burn's Justice was first published in 1755. It went through 30 editions by 1869 and was excerpted often in early American justice manuals, such as Parker's Conductor Generalis (1764) and Burn's Abridgment of Burn's Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer (1773). It covers such topics as Accessory, Alehouses, Aliens, Assault and Battery, Bail (By Writ of Habeas Corpus), Bankrupt, Banks for Savings (Rules and Regulations), Burglary, Clergy, Dogs, Evidence, Excise and Customs, Fish and Fisheries, Forfeiture, Forgery, Game, Homicide, Indictment, Jurors, Libel, Oaths, Insolvent Debtors, Polygamy, Poor Law, Promissory Notes, Rape, Riot, Robbery, Taxes, Vagrants and much more. Holdsworth notes that "a perusal of these headings tells us something of the development of the system of local government" during the time of the book's publication. Holdsworth, A History of English Law X:162. English Short-Title Catalogue T68905.
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