Handsome Presentation Copy of an Uncommon Volume of Exchequer Reports Parker, Thomas [1695?-1784], Reporter. Reports of Cases Concerning the Revenue, Argued and Determined in the Court of Exchequer, From Easter Term 1743, To Hilary Term 1767. With an Appendix, Containing Cases Upon the Same Subject in Former Reigns. With Two Tables; The One of the Names of the Cases, The Other of the Principal Matters. London: Printed by W. Strahan and M. Woodfall, 1776. v, [iii], 283,  pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary calf, gilt rules to boards, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, marbled endpapers. A few minor nicks, scuffs and stains, negligible light rubbing to boards and extremities, corners bumped, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield crest to title page and following leaf, "From the Author" to verso of front free endpaper. Very light toning to text, light foxing and finger smudges to a few leaves. A handsome, notably well-preserved copy. $500. * First edition. An important and uncommon set of Exchequer reports. Thomas Parker (not to be confused with Sir Thomas Parker, 1666?-1732, first Earl of Macclesfield and Lord Chancellor) served as chief baron of the Court of Exchequer for some 30 years; these are his own reports of his decisions. "He published these reports he tells us, because there were few cases in print in which the law relating to revenue was explained. To these cases (1743-1767) he added some others decided (...) between 1678 and 1718" (Holdsworth). There were also octavo editions in 1791 and 1800. Wallace says this work is "valuable and accurate." Our copy of this title belonged to the Earls of Macclesfield. Housed in Shirbirn Castle, near Watlington, Oxfordshire, it was one of the finest private libraries in Great Britain. Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:133. Wallace, The Reporters 534. English Short-Title Catalogue T95680.
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