A Handsome Edition of Burn's Justice Burn, Richard [1709-1785]. The Justice of the Peace, and Parish Officer. London: Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall, 1772. Four volumes. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Recent cloth, blind fillets and red and black calf lettering pieces to spines, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, light foxing and soiling in a few places, early owner signatures to front endleaves of Volumes I, III and IV. A handsome set. $500. * Twelfth edition. A remarkably durable work, Burn's Justice went through 30 editions from 1755 to 1869. 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 T140359.
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