An Essay Towards the Further Elucidation of the Law of Descents.
"A Very Valuable Treatise on that Very Intricate and Important Subject" Watkins, Charles [d.1808]. Vidal, Robert Studley, Editor. An Essay Towards the Further Elucidation of the Law of Descents; With an Appendix on the Distribution of the Personal Effects of Intestates. Corrected and Enlarged from the Author's Papers, And Further Augmented with Notes of All the More Recently Adjudged Cases on the Subject, Down to the Present Period. London: Printed for W. Clarke and Sons, 1819. [xvi], 331, ,  pp. Includes 4-page published catalogue, publisher advertisment to verso of half-title. Two fold-out engraved copperplate tables (of descents and consanguinity). Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. Minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, light gatoring to spine, small chip to head of spine, joints starting at ends, corners bumped and lightly worn, early owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in places, light soiling to a few leaves, some creasing and edgewear to folding tables. $500. * Third edition. This is a useful supplement to Chapter 14, Volume II, of Blackstone's Commentaries, "Of Title by Descent". "Mr. Watkins' Essay on Descents is a very valuable treatise on that very intricate and important subject" (Marvin). First published in 1793, this treatise went through four editions, the final in 1837. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 721 (Citing Barton, Modern Precedents in Conveyancing). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:478 (35).
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