An Early Argument for Universal Land Registration A Well-Wisher. Reasons for a Registry: Shewing Briefly the Great Benefits and Advantages That May Accrew to This Nation Thereby. And Likewise Reconciling Those Mistaken Inconveniences Which Many Have Conceived Thereof. By a Well-Wisher to the Publick Interest of the Nation. London: Printed for Charles Harper, 1678. [viii], 22,  pp. First and final leaves blank; publisher advertisements to foot of p. 22. Quarto (8-1/4" x 6-1/4"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound into recent paper-covered boards, typed paper label to spine, fore and bottom edges untrimmed. Light toning and soiling to boards, light fading to spine. Moderate toning and light creasing to interior, occasional light foxing and soiling, faint dampstaining to first and final (blank) leaves. $550. * Only edition. This pamphlet, which advocates universal registration in order to achieve conveyancing security, was an early entry in the spirited and lengthy public debate in Great Britain over the establishment of a general register for titles and deeds. 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. English Short-Title Catalogue R15635.
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