Apprentices, Journeymen and the Industrial Revolution Chitty, Joseph [1776-1841]. A Practical Treatise on the Law Relative to Apprentices and Journeymen, And Exercising Trades. London: Printed for W. Clarke and Sons, 1812. iv, 169,  pp. Forms. 1 pp. publisher advertisement at rear of text. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine, early owner stamp (of Robert Davy) to front pastedown, partial crack between front endleaf and title page. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, light crinkling to a few leaves at rear of text, early owner signature (Parr Ringwood) to head of title page. $650. * Only edition. Chitty's pioneering book was, as Holdsworth notes, prompted "by events which arose out of the industrial revolution." It shows how the law, dating to an Elizabethan statute, was increasingly out of touch with the economic and industrial conditions of the early 1800s. Holdsworth, A History of English Law XIII:486-487. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 2:63.
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