An Eighteenth-Century English Manuscript Compilation of Forms and Cases [Manuscript]. [Great Britain]. [Collection of Forms and Cases]. [Great Britain, 1777]. [iv], 177 pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 8"). Disbound, light soiling to exterior, light rubbing to corners of text block, first signature partially detached but secure, leaf containing pp. 21-22 detached and lightly worn along fore-edge, chipping and edgewear to edges of first four leaves, offsetting to margins of first leaf, folds to lower outside corners of final two leaves. Moderate toning to interior, text in neat hand, "23 April 1777" to recto of first leaf. $1,500. * Probably the work of a law student, this is a collection of forms, ranging from receipts to complex wills, and case reports, all with original notes, some quite extensive, by the compiler. The examples date from the 1740s to 1770s and are drawn from counties to the south and north of London and the Midlands, such as Devon and Lincolnshire. Most deal with commercial transactions and real property, but there are some concerning assault and other criminal matters. Although the entries have few corrections, and several are arranged by topic, they are not organized systematically. It may have been an intermediary draft of a reference work.
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