A Well-Reviewed Address on the Fundamental Principles of English Law Phelps, E[dward] J[ohn] [1822-1900]. The Law of the Land: Address Delivered Before the Edinburgh Philosophical Institution at the Opening of Its Session, November 1886. London: Harrison & Sons, 1887. 64 pp. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-3/4"). Stapled pamphlet in stiff printed wrappers, bound in contemporary morocco, gilt rules to boards, gilt title and decoration to spine, gilt rules to board edges, gilt text block edges, gilt inside dentelles, morocco bookplate of Dudley C. Marjoribanks to front pastedown, contemporary newspaper clippings pasted to free endpapers, contemporary newspaper review laid in. Light rubbing and a few small scuffs to boards and extremities, front board slightly bowed, corners and spine ends very lightly worn, light foxing and faint offsetting to endleaves. Light toning to interior, presentation inscription by author to front cover, internally clean. A handsome copy. $650. * Only edition. This review of Magna Carta and other fundamental principles of English law was delivered by Phelps during his tenure as the United States envoy to the Court of St. James's (1885-1889). He was popular in British society and taught law at Yale Law School, Boston University and the University of Vermont on his return to the United States. Marjoribanks [1820-1894] was a British MP and eventual 1st Baron Tweedmouth. Not in the British Museum Catalogue.
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