"A More Complete Lawyer Than Any of His Contemporaries" Bacon, Sir Francis [1561-1626]. Law Tracts, Containing 1. A Proposition for Compiling and Amendment of Our Laws. 2. An Offer of a Digest of the Laws. 3. The Elements of the Common Laws of England, Containing a Collection of Some Principal Rules and Maxims of the Common Law, With their Latitude and Extent. 4. The Use of the Law for Preservation of our Persons, Goods and Good Names, According to the Practice of the Laws and Customs of this Land. 5. Cases of Treason, Felony, Praemunire, Prerogative of the King, Of the Office of a Constable. 6. Arguments in Law in Certain Great and Difficult Cases, Viz. Of Impeachment of Waste. Low's Case of Tenures. Of Revocation of Uses. The Jurisdiction of the Marches. 7. Ordinances in Chancery for the Better and More Regular Administration of Justice in the Chancery, To be Daily Observed, Saving the Prerogative of the Court. 8. Reading on the Statute of Uses. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot (Assignee of Edw. Sawyer, Esq;), 1741. [ii], 356,  pp. Publisher advertisement on verso of half-title. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, lettering piece, raised bands and blind fillets to spine, gilt fillets to board edges, hinges mended. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, light soiling and minor tears to margins of a few leaves, offsetting to margins of endleaves. $750. * Second and final edition, a reissue of the first edition, 1737, with a reset title page and half-title. This book is notable as the only collected edition of Bacon's legal works and the only work that includes the essays listed as Tracts 1, 2 and 6. Bacon, one of the great intellectuals of the age, held the posts of solicitor general, attorney general and lord chancellor during the reign of James I. "He was a more complete lawyer than any of his contemporaries. Not only was he an eminent practitioner in the common law; not only did he leave his mark as lord chancellor upon the development of equity; he also studied both English law and law in general scientifically and critically. The only other lawyer, in that age of distinguished lawyers, who can be compared to him is his great rival Cok.
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