"A Work of Great Authority" for Special Pleaders Heath, Sir Robert [1575-1649]. Maxims and Rules of Pleading, In Actions Real, Personal and Mixt, Popular and Penal: Describing the Nature of Declarations, Pleas, Replications, Rejoynders, And All Other Parts of Pleading; Shewing Their Validity and Defects, And in What Cases They Are Amendable by the Court, Or Remediable by the Statute-Law, Or Otherwise. Likewise, Which of the Parties in His Plea Shall First Offer the Issue, And Where Special Matter May be Given in Evidence Upon the General Issue; Of Demurrers Upon Evidence; Of Verdicts, General and Special, And of Bills of Exceptions to the Same; Of Judgments, Execution, Writs of Error and False Judgment; And of Appeals, Indictments, and Informations, And the Pleadings Relating Thereunto. Published From the Manuscript of Sir Robert Heath, Knight; Lord Chief Justice Successively of the Courts of Common-Pleas and Kings-Bench, In the Reign of King Charles the First. With Additions of New Matter to Every Title, From All the Reports Since His Time. London: Printed for Abel Roper, 1694. [viii], 332,  pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets to joints, raised bands, blind fillets and later lettering piece to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Light rubbing, a few small scuffs and faint stains and faint ink library stamps to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front board detached, small nicks to spine, rear joint just starting at both ends, corners bumped, rear hinge cracked, armorial bookplate (of Sir George Kenyon) to front pastedown and library bookplate to front free endpaper, ink and punched library stamps to edges of text block, license leaf, title page and rear free endpaper. Light toning to interior, more moderate to some signatures, occasional light foxing, a few folded corners, tear to text block of leaf E6 (pp. 59-60) with loss to last three lines, brief early manuscript annotations (case citations) to p. 97. $450. * First edition. "[Heath] compiled this volume for his own use in practice. It is a work of great authority, and has been a guide to all special pleaders since its publication. Viner frequently cites it in his Abridgment": Marvin. A second edition in quarto appeared in 1771. Our copy was owned by George Kenyon [1666-1728], a British politician and prom.
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