A Scarce Review of Real Property From the Library of Lord Eldon Hayes, W[illiam]. A Popular View of the Law of Real Property, With an Application of its Principles to the Important Measure of a General Register: Shewing What Changes in the System a Register is Calculated to Produce. London: Printed for S. Sweet, 1831. 132 pp. With errata slip after p. 4. Octavo (9" x 5-1/4"). Original publisher's boards, fragment of printed label and handwritten title and date to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, chip to spine and a few tiny chips to front joint, spine label loose, corners bumped and lightly worn, front hinge cracked, faint offsetting and light foxing and soiling to endpapers. Light toning to interior, light foxing and soiling in a few places, a few folded corners. Circular armorial bookplate of John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon to front pastedown and presentation inscription "The Rt. Honable The Earl of Eldon, From the author- with his regards" to title page. $650. * Only edition. Part of the spirited and lengthy public debate on the establishment of a general land register, similar to that created in Ireland in 1822. Though the idea was first proposed under Henry VIII, no such register would be created until the passage of the Land Registry Act in 1862, which established a registry of titles (but not deeds). The system created by the act was voluntary and largely ineffective; successive attempts at reform failed until the Land Registration Act of 1925. Hayes was a Middle Templar who wrote several treatises on conveyancing and real property. He presented our copy of this title 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. OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, University of Georgia, University of Notre Dame). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:160.
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