Lord Eldon's Copy of the First Major Work on Voluntary Trustees Hampson, Sir George Francis [1789-1833]. A Short Treatise Endeavouring to Point Out the Means by Which Those Who Accept the Situation of Trustees May Perform Their Duties Without Incurring Responsibility. London: Printed for A. Maxwell, 1825. xx, 129,  pp. With a final advertisement leaf. Octavo (9" x 5-1/4"). Original printed publisher's boards, handwritten title and date to spine, edges untrimmed, most signatures unopened. Light rubbing and soiling to boards, a few tears to paper of rear board, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine ends and corners bumped and lightly worn. Light toning to interior, light foxing to a few leaves. Circular armorial bookplate of John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon and presentation inscription "With the Author's Compliments" to front pastedown. $650. * First edition. The first major work on voluntary trustees in English law, this treatise discusses their duties and liabilities and includes a table of cited cases. Our copy was presented to John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon [1751-1838]. Lord Eldon was a British barrister, politician and eventual Lord High Chancellor known for his influence on partnership and bankruptcy law. A second edition appeared in 1830 under a different title. OCLC locates 6 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Harvard, Yale, University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin, Los Angeles County, Library of Congress). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:154.
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