An Interesting Blackstone-Related Title, The Unrecorded Ohio Version Bradford, John [1747-1830]. [Blackstone, Sir William (1723-1780)]. A General Instructer [sic]; Or the Office, Duty and Authority of Justices of the Peace, Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, Jailors, And Jurymen, With Precedents, Suited to Every Case that Can Possibly Arise, In the Discharge of the Duties in Either of Those Offices. The Whole Alphabetically Digested. To Which is Added a Guide, to Superior, And County Court Clerks; An Epitome of Blackstone's Commentaries; Law Maxims; Remedies by Action, And Law Fictions. Lexington, KY: Printed for the Author, By T.T. Bradford, 1820. viii, 450 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, corners bumped, chip to head of spine, front joint just starting at foot, front hinge cracked, front free endpaper lacking early owner signatures and annotations to pastedowns and rear free endpaper, owner signature of Philip Ardery to front endleaf. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, light browning in places, lower corner lacking from leaf A1 (pp. 1-2) with minor loss to text. $2,500. * Second and final edition, the only one with Blackstone content. This manual includes four features that aim to provide a smattering of legal education and erudition, enough at least to impress a frontier judge and jury. There are the lists of legal maxims and legal fictions, examples of remedies and an "Epitome of the Commentaries of Sir William Blackstone, On the Laws of England" (pp. 405-425), which consists of the first sentences from, or summaries of, sections of selected chapters. The first edition of this work, published in 1800, does not have a Blackstone section. When Bradford published the second edition, he also produced versions for Indiana and Ohio. Bradford was an early printer and newspaper publisher in Kentucky. He was also an engineer, surveyor and sheriff. Philip Ardery [1914-2013] was a distinguished bomber pilot during World War II. He was one of the founders of the Kentucky Air National Guard and its first wing commander. The Ohio version appears to be unrecorded. No copies listed on OCLC. Not in Eller, Laeuchli or Cohen.
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