The Case that Established the Concept of Partial Insanity in English Law Nicholl, Sir John [1759-1838]. Haggard, John [1794-1856], Editor. A Report of the Judgment of Dew v. Clark and Clark, Delivered by the Honourable Sir John Nicholl, In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Eastern Term, 1826. Edited, By Permission, From the Judge's Notes. London: Printed by A. Strahan, 1826. [ii], 99 pp. Octavo (9" x 5- 1/2"). Original published boards with recent rebacking, printed paper title label to spine, untrimmed edges, front hinge mended. Light soiling and a few minor stains to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges with wear to corners, faint bookplate residue and brief early owner annotation to front pastedown. Light toning to text, occasional early brief annotations in pencil. $750. * Only edition. Dew v. Clark and Clark established the concept of insane delusion, a testator's false conception of reality that may invalidate a will altogether, or one or more of its provisions. In this case a father believed falsely that his daughter was "the devil incarnate" and disinherited her. The court found that his thoughts about her, "did and could only proceed from, and be founded in, insanity," a "partial insanity" that only extended to his thoughts about his daughter, which caused the will to fail. OCLC locates 7 copies in North American law libraries (Boston University, Harvard, Library of Congress, Social Law Library, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, York University). Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) II:1061.
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