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Item #74564 The Young Clerk's Vade Mecum, Or, Compleat Law-Tutor, Being. Justice of the Peace Manual.
The Young Clerk's Vade Mecum, Or, Compleat Law-Tutor, Being...
The Young Clerk's Vade Mecum, Or, Compleat Law-Tutor, Being...

The Young Clerk's Vade Mecum, Or, Compleat Law-Tutor, Being...

Revolution-Era New York Edition of a Popular JP Manual [Justice of the Peace Manual]. The Young Clerk's Vade Mecum: Or, Compleat Law-Tutor. Being a Useful Collection of a Great Variety of the Most Approved Precedents in the Law, And Adapted to Almost Every Transaction in Life Wherein an Attention to Legal Forms is Indispensably Necessary. And Consisting Chiefly of Bonds, Special Conditions, Letters of Attorney, Awards, Articles of Agreement, Bills of Sale, Contracts, Covenants, Charter Parties, Leases, Proceedings upon Distress for Rent, Assignments, Deeds, Indentures, Mortgages, Marriage Articles, Wills, Fines and Recoveries, Writs, Declarations and proceedings at Law. To Which is Added, A Collection of English Precedents, Relating to the Office of a Justice of Peace. Belfast Printed: New-York, Re-Printed by H. Gaine, In Hanover-Square, 1776. [xii], 236; iv, 86, [10] pp. Two parts, each with title page and individual pagination. The title part for the second part reads (in part): A Collection of English Precedents, Relating to the Office of a Justice of Peace. Final two leaves are publisher advertisements. 12mo. (6-1/4" x 4"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, raised bands and blind fillets to spine. Light rubbing and a few nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, a few vertical creases to spine, front hinge cracked, front free endpaper lacking. Light browning to interior, light foxing in a few places, faint dampstaining to upper-outside corner of text block begining at p. 203, offsetting and light edgewear to preliminaries and final few leaves. An appealing unsophisticated copy. $1,500. * Later edition. "In those days, when anyone who was anybody was a judge, and most of those who were not quite anybodies were justices of the peace, a vademecum...was an essential tool..." (Cohen). Alphabetically organized with forms for pleading, this popular work, derived from an English manual first published in 1723, covers topics such as bonds, bills of sale, grants, indentures and wills. The final edition was printed in Dublin in 1795. Gaine's edition is a reprint of an edition published in Belfast in 1771. (He also issued the second part as an independent title. It is a scarce edition, especially in commerce; the last two copies appeared at auction in 2019 a.

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