"The Mysteries of Clarkship" Billinghurst, George. Arcana Clericalia, Or the Mysteries of Clarkship: Being a Sure Way of Setling Estates by Deeds, Fines, And Recoveries. With the Forms of All Manner of Charter-Parties in Maritime Cities, Towns and Corporations. With a Table of All the Principal Matters Therein Contained. London: Printed for Henry Twyford in Vine-Court Middle-Temple, 1674. [xvi], 240, , 179-351, ; 67, , 57,  pp. Four parts. The first, second and fourth have title pages, the third has a drop-head title: Arcana Clericalia: Or, The Mysteries of Clerkship. The second part, "By T.B. Esq," dated 1673, has title beginning: The Several Forms of Instruments Relating to the Affairs of Merchants, And Traders. The fourth has title beginning: Arcana Clericalia: Or a Treatise of Common Recoveries Upon Writs of Entry in Le Port. Title page of first part preceded by general copperplate pictorial title page. Text complete. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and later hand-lettered paper title label to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting at ends, corners bumped and moderately worn, hinges cracked. Moderate toning, light foxing and faint dampspotting in a few places. Early owner signature (Dan. Fleming) to front free endpaper, brief early annotations to endleaves, early underlining and other markings to text in a few places. $1,500. * First edition, one of two issues from 1674. Intended for "practitioners and students," this is a comprehensive practical treatise on the principles and procedures of conveyancing. Forms used in conveyancing are discussed at length. Several examples are given with explanatory side-notes. A second edition, issued twice, was published in 1705. All printings of this book are scarce. Including both issues, OCLC locates 10 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries. English Short-Title Catalogue R210634.
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