A Primary Source for Later Manuals Blackerby, Samuel [d.1714]. Blackerby, Nathaniel. The Justice of Peace His Companion, Or a Summary of All the Acts of Parliament, Whereby One, Two, Or More Justices of the Peace, Are Authorized to Act, Not Only in, but Out of the Sessions of Peace. Alphabetically Digested, And Continued to the End of the Last Session of Parliament, 1722. With an Exact Table, by Nathaniel Blackerby, Esq. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1723. [ii], [xxxii], 439,  pp. Includes one-page publisher list. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3"). Contemporary sheep, rebacked in period style calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and blind fillets to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and a few minor stains and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to foot of text block, early owner signature to head of title page, faint later doodles in pencil to its verso. $350. * Fourth edition. First published in 1711, Blackerby's book went through eight subsequent editions, the final one in 1749. Arranged alphabetically, it treats the statutes that give authority to justices. Each is briefly summarized in one column; the penalty for its breach is stated in a parallel column. According to Holdsworth, "the book had many of the qualities of an index, and it was so used, Burn said, by writers of larger books on this topic." (Burn was the author of the magisterial Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer, first published in 1755 and long a standard work.) Nathaniel Blackerby, the author's son, produced the table for this edition. He edited the final four editions after his father's death. Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII:334. English Short-Title Catalogue T66083.
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