Gilbert on an Important Aspect of Eighteenth-Century Wills [Gilbert, Sir Geoffrey (1674-1726)]. The Law of Executions. To Which are Added, The History and Practice of the Court of King's Bench; And Some Cases Touching Wills of Lands and Goods. By the Late Lord Chief Baron Gilbert. London: Printed by His Majesty's Law-Printer, For W. Owen, 1763. [vi], 427,  pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, small nick to front board, corners bumped and lightly worn, front hinge cracked. Moderate toning to interior, negligible faint dampstaining to final few leaves of text, offsetting to margins of preliminaries and rear endleaves, faint spotting to margins of title page. A notably well-preserved copy. $850. * Only edition. Gilbert was a distinguished Whig judge, puisne baron of the exchequer, fellow of the Royal Society and prolific legal writer. His books were highly regarded; a few were standard works for decades. His treatise on executions addresses an important aspect of the law concerning wills during the eighteenth century: the different writs of execution under the common law, such as outlawry, certiorari and dower. Holdsworth discusses this book as length and praises it as "a clear account." A Dublin reissue was published the same year as the London edition. Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:355. English Short-Title Catalogue T95573.
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