A Summary of Bankruptcy Law for "Merchants and Traders" [Bankruptcy]. [Great Britain]. A Succinct Digest of the Laws Relating to Bankrupts: In Which All the Reported, And Several Manuscript Cases Upon this Important Subject, From the First Passing of the Bankrupt Laws, In the Time of Henry the Eighth, To the Commencement of Michaelmas Term in the Thirty-First Year of George the Third, Are Inserted, And the Respective Rights and Duties of the Commissioners, Creditors and Bankrupt Discussed and Explained: Together with the Several Modes of Proceeding, And Most Approved Precedents, From the Act of Bankruptcy and the Opening of the Commission, To the Last Examination and Allowance of the Certificate, And the Whole System of the Bankrupt Laws Rendered Easy and Intelligible to Every Capacity. Dublin: Printed by Brett Smith, 1791. [xvi], 192, lxxii,  pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary calf, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Moderate rubbing and a few small scuffs, wear to spine ends and corners, which are bumped, front board just beginning to separate, rear joint cracked. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling to endleaves, light foxing to a few leaves, early owner signature of Edward Pendleton to front free endpaper, signature of Samuel Chase, Jr. to head of title page, his stamp to head of following leaf. $750. * Reissue of the first edition, London, 1791. As indicated in the preface, this book was intended for "merchants and traders" rather than "professors of the law." The contents are accordingly "divested, as much as it is possible, of technical expressions and profession idioms, and arranged in such order, that the several parts may become perspicuous and familiar to every capacity" ([xiv]-[xvi]). Edward Pendleton was likely a member of the prominent Virginia-based Pendleton family. Samuel Chase, Jr. [1773-1841] was likely the son of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase [1741-1811]. English Short-Title Catalogue N24533.
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