"The Whole Contexture of the Design is Regular and Uniform" Brown, William [fl c.1680]. Astraeae Abdicatae Restauratio. Or Advice to Justices of the Peace, Containing a Compendious, And Perfect Abstract of All the Statute Laws Now in Force and Use Relating to the Administration of the Office of Justices of the Peace; As Likewise Touching the Office and Duty of Constables, Churchwardens, Overseers of the Poor, And Other Parochial Substituted Executors of Justice, Their Subordinate Officers. Also Correct Forms of Warrants, Mittimus, And Other Precepts, And Instruments Upon the Said Statutes; (For the Ease of the Said Justices and Instruction of Their Clerks) Being Wholly New, And Different from Any of that Nature Hitherto Extant; Including All the Statutes upon this Subject to the End of the Last Parliament Holden at Westminster, Which was dissolved October the 11th 1695. With Notes Summarily Comprehending the Substance of the Said Statutes; And References to Several Law Cases in the Books of Reports Concerning the Same. [London]: Printed for H. Newman in the Poultry, 1695. [viii], 377 [i.e. 397],  pp. 12mo. (6" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and blind fillets to spine, which is lightly varnished. A few minor nicks, scuffs and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to head of spine, corners bumped, hinges cracked, rear endleaves reinforced and rehinged. Moderate toning to interior, spark burns and tiny inkspots in a few places, doodles and signatures (of G. Barnes, Henry Axford and a few illegible) to endleaves. $750. * Only edition. In the preface, Brown says this book was written to replace the many error-riddled manuals published since Lambard and Dalton. He ends with the following promise: "I do Avow, and am able to justifie to the World against all opposers, that the Presidents are no only so, but that the whole Contexture of the Design is Regular and Uniform, One part of it depending Methodically upon another without Chasm or Saltus; And that the Abstracts of the Statutes, Notes and Observations thereupon, are proper for the illustrating and Explaining the Meaning of the Whole" [viii]. Brown was clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and the author of several manuals and treatises. This is a scarce title. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American Law Lib.
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