"A Comprehensive Little Book" Sayer, Joseph. The Law of Costs. London: H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, 1768. xvi, 280 pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, later hand-lettered paper title label to front board, blind fillets along joints, raised bands, lettering piece, blind fillets and gilt publication date to spine, blind tooling to board edges, hinges mended. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and lightly worn. Moderate toning to interior, faint offsetting to preliminaries and rear endleaves, later owner mark to front free endpaper. $450. * First edition. The first work on this important, practical area of law, Sayer's treatise, which addresses civil and criminal law, was praised by Holdsworth, who considered it "a comprehensive little book." Its final edition, the third, was published in 1792. Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII:356. English Short-Title Catalogue T115470.
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