A Classic Treatise on English Criminal Law Hawkins, William [1673-1746]. A Treatise of the Pleas of the Crown; Or a System of the Principal Matters Relating to that Subject, Digested Under Proper Their Proper Heads. Corrected, With the Addition of Some References. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, 1724. Two volumes in one book. [xiv], 266, ; [viii], 464,  pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 8-3/4"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few shallow scuffs to boards, a few minor stains to spine, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Light toning to text, light browning in places, light foxing to a few leaves, crinkling to head of text block with light soiling to upper margins in a few places. A handsome copy. $650. * Second edition. Considered one of the four major law books of the eighteenth century by Holdsworth, Pleas is the first comprehensive English treatise on criminal law. A seminal work in criminal procedure and jurisdiction, it is "deservedly of high authority and still cited. It was the starting-point of modern laborious treatises on the criminal law which are valuable as digests of the subject, but which have no advance on Hawkins plan or style" (Winfield). Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:415. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 326. English Short-Title Catalogue T126275.
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