William Cruise on Dignities and Titles of Honor [C] Cruise, William [d.1824]. An Essay on the Law of Dignities, Or Titles of Honour. [London: Printed by A. Strahan, 1804]. 109 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, rebacked retaining existing spine with lettering piece, hinges reinforced. A few minor nicks to boards, corners bumped, hinged cracked, early owner bookplate (of James Correy) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, author presentation inscription at head of title page (to "Wogan Brown, Esq."). $850. * First edition. According to a note on the verso of the title page, this "essay constitutes a part of an extensive work on the Laws of England respecting real property. But as the subject of it is interesting to many persons who are not of the profession, a few copies have been printed separately, that the author may be enabled to present them to his friends." (One assumes Wogan Brown was a friend.) The "extensive work" is Cruise's Digest of the Laws of England Respecting Real Property (first edition 1795), long a standard treatise on the subject. A second edition of The Law of Dignities was issued in 1823. The first edition is rare. OCLC locates 9 copies, 2 in North American law libraries (Georgetown, University of Victoria, BC). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:87.
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