A Strident Critique of Universal Land Registration [Great Britain]. [Real Property]. Reasons Against a Registry for Lands, &c. Shewing Briefly, The Great Disadvantages, Charges and Inconveniences that May Accrue to the Whole Nation in General Thereby, Much Over-Ballancing the Particular Advantages that are Imagined to Arise Therefrom; In Answer to a Late Book Entituled, Reasons for a Registry; With Some Reasons for a Registry of Personal Contracts, Humbly Offered to Consideration. London: Printed for C. Wilkinson, and T. Burrel, 1678. [ii], 22 pp. Quarto (7" x 5"). Stab-stitched pamphlet bound in later speckled calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked with gilt fillets, title and date to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, blind tooling to inner board edges, a number of blank leaves added after text block by binder. Light rubbing and a few small scratches to boards, adhesive (?) residue to fore-edge of front board and along joint of rear board, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and worn, faint offsetting to endpapers, hinges cracked. Moderate toning to interior, minor worming to inner margin just touching a few words of text without loss to legibility, light foxing and soiling to a few leaves. $750. * Only edition. An early entry in the spirited and lengthy public debate in Great Britain over the establishment of a general register for titles and deeds. Though the idea was first proposed under Henry VIII, no such register would be created until the passage of the Land Registry Act in 1862, which established a registry of titles (but not deeds). The system created by the act was voluntary and largely ineffective; successive attempts at reform failed until the Land Registration Act of 1925. Our pamphlet was written in reply to an earlier 1678 work promoting the registry. It argues that a land registry would be unprecedented, inconvenient and ineffective, but a registry of contracts would achieve many of the aims of the general land register. English Short-Title Catalogue R14488.
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