Boote's Suit at Law: Sole Dublin Edition Boote, R[ichard] [d. 1782]. An Historical Treatise of an Action on Suit at Law; And of the Proceedings Used in the Courts of King's Bench and Common Pleas From the Original Processes to the Judgment in Both Courts, Wherein the Reason and Usage of the Old Obscure and Formal Parts of Our Writs and Pleadings, Such Especially as Have Reference, Or Relate to the Ancient Method of Practice, As Well Before the Statute of Nisi Prius as Afterwards, Are Duly Considered, In Order to Shew From Whence They Arose; Also an Account of the Alterations That Have Been Made from Time to Time for Regulating the Course of Practice in the Several Courts. With Such Remarks and Observations, As Tend to Explain and Illustrate the Present Mode of Practice; And Pointing Out Such Particulars as Would Contract the Proceedings, And Render Them More Concise, Plain, and Significant, And Less Expensive to the Suitors. With Additions. Dublin: Printed for Henry Watts, 1791. xxxi, 268 pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent period-style morocco, lettering piece and blind fillets and ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Fading to spine and upper portion of front board, moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places. $500. * Only Dublin edition, one of two issues, both stated the third, presumably a reissue of the sixth London edition (1791). This popular work was first published in London in 1766 and was generally referred to as "Boote's Suit at Law." It went through several editions, the last one in 1839. "The history of procedure [in the eighteenth century] is represented by [this book]. It is an able summary of which I have made use of in a preceding volume of this History. One of the objects of the book was to lay a foundation for some very necessary reforms in this branch of the law, the need for which was clearly explained by the author" (Holdsworth). There is only one difference between the two issues of this title: the printer name is given as "H. Watts" in one and "Henry Watts" in the other. OCLC locates no copies of the "Henry Watts" issue, the ESTC locates 3 (Free Library of Philadelphia, University of North Carolina, William and Mary). Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII:411. English Short-Title Catalogue N17821.
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