Officina Brevium, Select and Approved Forms of Judicial Writs...
"Like Veins and Arteries" [Writs]. [Great Britain]. Officina Brevium. Select and Approved Forms of Judicial Writs, And Other Process: With Their Retorns and Entries in the Court of Common Pleas at Westminster. As also Special Pleadings to Writs of Scire Facias. Collected Out of Many Choice Manuscripts by Several Eminent Clerks and Practicers of the Said Court. London: Printed by George Sawbridge, William Rawlins, And Samuel Roycroft, 1679. [vi], 414,  pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-1/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Light edgewear and chipping to endleaves. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, small faint dampstain to top-edge of text block, occasional light foxing and spotting, a few folded corners, small chip to top-edge of a few leaves without loss to text, signature of Edward Shippen to head of title page. $750. * Only edition, one of two issues from 1679. A collection of official writs issued by the Officina Brevium, or secretary of the courts, for use in the Court of Common Pleas. "Writs (like Veins and Arteries, which, by conveying the blood and spirits into every part of the body, do thereby give it life and motion, which otherwise would be but an imperfect Lump of flesh, altogether unactive) are of that force and efficacy, that no Proceedings at Law (nay, even Records of the highest nature) can be available without them" (Preface). Shippen [1677-1714], a lawyer, was a member of one the most elite families of colonial and post-Revolutionary Pennsylvania. (His father, for example, served terms as mayor of Philadelphia and chief justice of the Philadelphia Supreme Court.) English Short-Title Catalogue R22362.
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