Manuscript Precedent Books from an English Law Office [Manuscript]. [Great Britain]. [Two Manuscript Precedent Books]. [Great Britain, c.1794, 1808]. 350 pp.; 200, 33 pp. Both manuscripts indexed. Folio (12-1/4" x 8"; 12-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Vellum, blind rules and hand-lettered ink titles to boards, reading "Precedents in Conveyancing" and "Precedent Book 1808," respectively, hand-lettered ink title and number "2" to spine of "Conveyancing" volume. Moderate soiling and a few spots to boards, which are slightly bowed, spine ends lightly worn. Signature of Edward Sampson dated September 1st, 1791 to front pastedown of "Conveyancing" volume. Light toning to interiors, light foxing in a few places, cracks in text block of "Conveyancing" between pp. 16 and 17 and 330 and 331, text in three neat hands to most leaves, inside margins ruled in red ink. $1,850. * Carefully organized, these are fine examples of precedent books of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, likely created by law clerks for use in an office. The conveyancing manuscript is written in two different hands, strengthening this possibility. The volumes are very similar in both appearance and genre, indicating that they may have come from the same source or been intended for reference in the same office. Both contain fair copies of texts from a wide range of topics in English law of the period. Frequent side notes throughout the conveyancing text provide additional notes and commentary on a variety of topics in property and contract law, such as inheritance, coverture, and mortgages. Cases cited in the 1808 manuscript cover various affidavits, agreements, bonds, conclusions, letters, warrants, etc. The 1808 manuscript also includes a separate 33 pp. section on assignment cases with its own index at the end of the notebook.
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