A Landmark Treatise on Justices of the Peace Dalton, Michael. The Countrey Justice, Containing the Practice of the Justices of the Peace Out of Their Sessions: Gathered for the Better Helpe of Such Iustices of Peace as Have Not Been Much Conversant in the Studie of the Lawes of This Realme: Now the Sixth Time Published, Revised, In Many Things Corrected, And Much Inlarged. London: Printed for Richard Best, 1643. [viii], 496,  pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, early hand-lettered author name to fore-edge of text block, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, some offsetting and edgewear to final leaves of text block, tiny inkspots to a few laves, light soiling to title page, illegible early markings in early hand to publication date. A handsome copy. $500. * Sixth edition, one of three issues, the others from 1635. This venerable justice of the peace manual went through some twenty editions between 1618 and 1746. This work is also significant because it firmly established the alphabetical topical structure adopted in later texts. Rooted in Crompton, Fitzherbert and Lambard, The Countrey Justice offers advice on such matters as buggery, customs, highways, prisons, riots, soldiers, murder, felonies, rogues and vagabonds, wool, and high treason. English Short-Title Catalogue R41330.
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