First Edition of the First English Treatise on the Law of Landlord and Tenant Meriton, George [1634-1711]. Land-Lords Law: A Treatise Very Fit for the Perusal of Gentlemen and Others. Being a Collection of Several Cases in the Law Concerning Leases, Distresses, Replevins, Rescous, Waste, And Several Other Matters Which Often Happen Between Land-Lord and Tenant, As Appears in the Contents of the Several Chapters. London: Printed for Henry Twyford, Thomas Dring, and John Place, 1665. [xviii], 171,  pp. Lacking first leaf, a blank. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3-1/4"). Recent period-style calf by Philip Dusel, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Light browning to interior, some edgewear to title page and following leaf, minor chips and spark burns to a few other leaves. $750. * First edition, one of two issues from 1665. Meriton was a lawyer and a prodigious writer on a wide range of legal and non-legal topics. Born in the North Riding of Yorkshire, he is also remembered for his dialect poem The Praise of Yorkshire Ale (1683). First published in 1665, the Land-Lords Law was the first English treatise on the law of landlord and tenant. It was a well-regarded work that went through four later editions, the last in 1697. All are scarce. Including both issues, OCLC locates 7 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, Yale, York). English Short-Title Catalogue R19512.
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