Handsome Early Edition of the Most Popular Work Ever Written on Justices of the Peace Burn, Richard [1709-1785]. The Justice of the Peace, And Parish Officer With the Statutes and Adjudged Cases Continued to the Present Time. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1756. Two volumes. xxiv, 576; 615,  pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering pieces to spines, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interiors, negligible faint dampspotting to a few leaves in each volume. A handsome set. $850. * Second edition, the first with revisions. A durable work, Burn's Justice went through 30 editions by 1869 and was excerpted often in early American justice manuals, such as Parker's Conductor Generalis (1764) and Burn's Abridgment of Burn's Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer (1773). It covers such topics as Accessory, Alehouses, Aliens, Assault and Battery, Bail (By Writ of Habeas Corpus), Bankrupt, Bastards, Burglary, Clergy, Dogs, Evidence, Excise and Customs, Forgery, Game, Homicide, Jurors, Libel, Oaths, Insolvent Debtors, Polygamy, Promissory Notes, Rape, Riot, Robbery, Taxes and Vagrants. Holdsworth notes that "a perusal of these headings tells us something of the development of the system of local government" at the time when the book was written.": Holdsworth, A History of English Law X:162. English Short-Title Catalogue T68628.
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