Handsome Presentation Copy Inscribed by the Author to Lord Lyndhurst, To Whom the Book is Dedicated Elmes, James [1782-1862]. A Practical Treatise on Architectural Jurisprudence; In Which the Constitutions, Canons, Laws and Customs Relating to the Art of Building, Are Collected from the Best Authorities; For the Use of Architects, Surveyors, Landlords, Tenants, Incumbents, Churchwardens and Ecclesiastical Persons in General. London: W. Bening, Law Bookseller, 1827. xv, 279,  pp. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary paneled morocco, large arabesques to centers of boards, elaborate blind stamping and gilt title to spine, all edges gilt, gilt inside dentelles, silk-covered pastedowns and free endpapers. Light rubbing to boards, slightly heavier rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, armorial bookplate of Lord Lyndhurst and faint stain to front pastedown, bookplate residue to front free endpaper. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places, light soiling to a few leaves, presentation inscription from Elmes to Lyndhurst to front endleaf. $2,500. * Only edition. The inscription reads: "To/ The Right Honourable/ the Lord Lyndhurst/ &.&.&./ Lord High Chancellor/ of/ Great Britain./ This copy of a treatise/ on/ Architectural Jurisprudence/ is/ most respectfully presented/ by/ his Lordship's faithful/ and/ obedient Serv.t./ 2 Childs Place/ Temple/ Novm. 20, 1827." The book is divided into two parts. The first is a general introduction followed by a history of building laws, with a emphasis on Roman law and the Code Napoleon. The second is a digest of relevant laws arranged by topic (from Abate to Writs of Waste). Elmes was an architect. His Practical Treatise on the Law of Dilapidations (1820) was the first English treatise on laws concerning architecture. John Singleton Copley, Lord Lyndhurst, 1st Baron Lyndhurst, [1772-1863] was the Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain from 1827 to 1830, 1834 to 1835 and 1841 to 1846. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:110.
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