Handsome Copy of Noy's Scarce Handbook on Real Property and Conveyancing Noy, William [1577-1634]. The Compleat Lawyer, Or a Treatise Concerning Tenures and Estates in Lands of Inheritance for Life, And for Yeares: Of Chattels Reall and Personall, And How Any of Them May be Conveyed in a Legall Forme, by Fine, Recovery, Deed, Or Work, As the Case Shall Require. London: Printed for D. Pakeman, And are to be Sold at His Shop, At the Signe of the Rainebow, Neer the Inner-Temple-Gate in Fleetstreet, 1651. , 125,  pp. Lacking final leaf, a blank. A Briefe Treatise Concerning Tenures & Estates in Lands and Other Hereditaments, And of Chattels Reall and Personall, which follows p. 54, has separate dated title page, pagination continuous. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards and spine, gilt tooling to board edges, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, tiny inkspots to a few leaves, upper outside corner of final leaf repaired with no loss to text. A handsome copy. $850. * First edition, One of six imprint variants of this edition, all issued in 1651. Known today as the author of On the Grounds and Maxims of the Laws of this Kingdom (1641), Noy was attorney-general to King Charles I. Intended for law students and laymen, The Compleat Lawyer was a highly regarded and useful work that went though four later editions in 1661, 1665, 1670 and 1674. The first part of this work is cast in the form of a catechism. Despite its popularity and long publication history of this work, all of its issues and editions are scarce. OCLC and the ESTC locate 2 copies of our imprint in North America (Library of Congress, Yale Law School). English Short-Title Catalogue R181121.
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