A Popular Nineteenth-Century JP Manual Gifford, John (Whellier, Alexander). The Complete English Lawyer, Or, Every Man his Own Lawyer, Containing a Summary of the Laws and Constitution of England [...] To Which Will be Annexed or Incorporated with the Work, The Laws and Statutes Relative to Master and Servant, Husband and Wife, Guardian and Ward, Landlord and Tenant, Lodgers, Parish Officers, Arrests for Debt, Bankrupts, Distress for Rent or Other Dues, Wills and Codicils, Bills of Exchange, Income Tax, Assessed Taxes, &c. &c. London: Printed for A. Whellier, [n.d., c.1811]. [ii], 722,  pp. Stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece of Sir William Blackstone. Octavo (8-1/2" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt fillets and lettering piece to spine. Moderate rubbing to boards, rubbing and light wear to extremities, gatoring and wear to spine, boards separating in places but secured firmly by cords, corners bumped and worn, light foxing and offsetting to endleaves, ownership signature ("Thomas Wilkinson, Druggist, Darlington") dated 1825 to front pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing, somewhat heavier to frontispiece, which has a clean tear to its top-edge mended with cellotape on reverse, and first few leaves, light offsetting from plate to title page. $300. * This popular work went into at least seventeen editions, some of which incorporated Irish law. It was also useful for laymen, as the ownership signature of a druggist on our copy indicates. Alexander Whellier published other works on law in the early nineteenth century under the pseudonym John Gifford, and this work is generally attributed to that name despite its absence on the title page in this edition. OCLC locates 3 copies of this edition (Yale Law School, University of Georgia School of Law, University of Chicago). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:377.
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