One of the Earliest English Treatises on Wills [Wills]. Of Last Wills and Testaments: A Common-Law Treatise, Containing Several Rules for the Construction of Last Wills, And the Diversities Between Limitations and Conditions in a Will. Of Treating Also of Contingent Remainders, And of Executory Devises: And by What Names, Descriptions, Extents or References, Things Shall Pass in a Will; What Words or Sentences in a Will Shall Amount to a Fee-Simple, Fee-Tail or Term of Life. Of Surrenders to the Use of a Man's Last Will. Of Devises for Term of Years. Of Perpetuities. Of Executory Devises, Contingencies, Possibilities. Devises of Lands to be Sold for Payment of Debts, Or Raising Portions. Devises of Rents, Annuities. Of Evidence and Witness to a Last Will: And of Revocations, Codicils and Nuncupative Wills; And Several Cases Adjudged and Resolved Upon the Several Late Statutes, That Have Altered the Common-Law. London: Printed by the Assigns of R. and E. Atkins for J. Walthoe, 1703. [xxviii], 247,  pp. Lacking 16-page publisher catalogue. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands to spine. Light rubbing and some shallow scuffing to boards, which are slightly bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to corners, heavier rubbing to spine with some chipping to ends, front board beginning to separate but secure, rear joint starting at head. Moderate toning to interior, cracks in text block between leaves P8 and Q1 (pp. 224 and 225), faint dampstaining to margins of preliminaries and a few other leaves, illegible early owner signature to verso of front free endpaper. $850. * Only edition. This is one of the earliest treatises devoted to wills and their construction, legacies and conditional and executory devises. OCLC locates 8 copies in North American law libraries. English Short-Title Catalogue T95469.
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