Quality of Life Issues in Seventeenth-Century London [Real Property]. [Great Britain]. A Briefe Declaration for What Manner of Speciall Nusance Concerning Private Dwelling Houses, A Man May Have His Remedy by Assise, Or Other Action as the Case Requires. Unfolded in the Arguments, And Opinions of Foure Famous Sages of the Common Law; Together with the Power, And Extent of Customes in Cities, Townes, And Corporations, Concerning the Same: Together with the Determination of the Law, Concerning the Commodity, And Use of Houses, And Their Appurtenances. Whereunto is Added, The Iustices of Assise Their Opinion, Concerning Statute Law for Parishes; And the Power of Iustices of Peace, Churchwardens, And Constables: And to Know What They are to do Concerning Bastards Borne in Their Parishes, Reliefe of the Poore, And Providing for Poore Children, What Remedy for the Same. London: Printed by Tho. Cotes, For William Cooke, 1639. [ii], 45,  pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet. Moderate toning, light soiling to exterior, light rubbing to extremities, two small stains to foot of title page, which is detached and lightly edgeworn. $950. * Second and final edition, one of two issues from 1639. A critical review of city life, this rambling essay addresses legal restrictions imposed by building laws, such as the location of windows and drains and the absence of effective laws to reduce urban nuisances, such as smoke, poor drainage and noise. It also questions the relation between the common law and the city laws and customs of London. Turning to social matters, it discusses the indigent, sick and insane, the poor laws and the liabilities and duties of local officials. The "Foure Famous Sages of the Common Law" mentioned in the title are Robert Monson, Edmund Plowden, Sir Christopher Wray and John Manwood. This is a scarce title. Counting both issues, OCLC locates 10 copies of the second edition in North American law libraries. English Short-Title Catalogue S109444.
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