The Last Digest of English Statute Law Williams, Thomas Walter [1763-1833]. A Compendious Digest of the Statute Law, Comprising the Substance and Effect of All the Public Acts of Parliament in Force, From Magna Charta in the Ninth Year of King Henry III. To the Twenty-Seventh Year of His Present Majesty King George III. Inclusive. London: Printed by His Majesty's Law Printers, 1787. viii, 669,  pp. Final leaf is a publisher advertisement. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands, lettering piece, blind fillets and gilt publication date to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to interior, faint dampstaining to upper outside corners of final five leaves, offsetting and light foxing to preliminaries, early owner signature (Christopher Hunter, dated 1795) to head of title page. $750. * First edition. Williams was the last writer to produce a digest of Great Britain's statute law. (The contents are arranged alphabetically by topic.) A barrister of the Inner Temple, he didn't have success as a pleader. He was known instead for his writings. In addition to digests and a dictionary, he wrote manuals for justices of the peace, compiled abridgments and edited an edition of William Sheppard's Precedent of Precedents. A well-received work, the Compendious Digest had 3 later editions, the last in 1812. The first edition is scarce. OCLC locates 5 copies in North American law libraries (Boston College, Harvard, Library of Congress, UCLA, University of Virginia). English Short-Title Catalogue T94598.
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