Rare Manuscript Treatise on the Laws of Guernsey [Manuscript]. [Guernsey]. [Carey, Laurent (1723-1769)]. [Renouf, Thomas W., Transcriber]. [Loix, Coutumes et Usages de Cette Ile]. [Guernsey, c.1846]. 399,  pp. Octavo (8" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges and outer margins of pastedowns. Minor nicks, scuffs and dampspots, boards separated but secure, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few small chips to spine ends, corners bumped and worn. Negligible light toning, text in neat hand within red-ruled borders. Signature of "Thos. W. Renouf" dated 1846 to front free endpaper. $2,500. * Laurent Carey, a Guernsey magistrate, wrote his Essai sur les Institutions, Lois et Coutumes de l'Ile de Guernesey in the mid-18th century but left it in manuscript form upon his death. His account was well-received and served as an indispensible daily reference for lawyers and magistrates in Guernsey even after his death. Renouf was perhaps one of these lawyers; his surname is common in Guernsey, although no specifics about our Renouf could be discovered. His copy of Carey's work is comprehensive and beautifully organized, with frequent side notes and an index suggesting the work's prominence in daily use. A (likely different) copy of the manuscript belonging to an H. Torode, scribe of the Royal Court, was eventually published in 1889 by order of the Royal Court, which shows the importance of this text and the need to preserve it. Despite its importance to Guernsey's legal community, there appear to be few extant manuscript copies of the work. Harvard has one copy of a similar manuscript, possibly based on a different work. The British Library has another manuscript on the same topic but from a different author. OCLC locates 10 copies of the printed version of this work, 2 in North America (Library and Archives Canada, University of Pennsylvania Law Library).
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