The Macclesfield Copy, Includes a Decision Disputed by Mansfield Bunbury, William. Wilson, George, Editor. Reports of Cases in the Court of Exchequer, From the Beginning of the Reign of King George the First, Until the Fourteenth Year of the Reign of King George the Second. By William Bunbury, Esq; Late of the Inner Temple. Taken in Court by Himself, And Published from His Own Manuscript by His Son in Law, George Wilson, Serjeant at Law. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1755. viii, 348,  pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary calf, gilt rules to boards, gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, marbled endpapers, armorial library bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, shelf numbers in pencil and ink to verso of front free endpaper and front endleaf. A few small scuffs and nicks to boards light rubbing to extremities, light fading to spine. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, small embossed Macclesfield crest to first three leaves. A handsome copy. $750. * First edition. Lord Mansfield thought these reports merely loose notes. "But Mansfield, in this as in other cases, was rather too ready to decry a set of reports because they contained a decision which was contrary to his own view of the law in the particular case before the court...Against Mansfield's condemnation we can set the opinions of Platt and Parker who recognized these reports as authoritative in 1853" (Holdsworth). The first edition was reissued in 1756 in Dublin. A second and final edition was published in Dublin in 1793. Our copy of this title belonged to the Earls of Macclesfield. Housed in Shirbirn Castle, near Watlington, Oxfordshire, it was one of the finest private libraries in Great Britain. Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:137-138. Wallace, The Reporters 419-420. English Short-Title Catalogue T97032.
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