The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is Set Forth, His Office and Authority.
One of the Best Manuals of Its Kind [Sheriffs]. [Great Britain]. The Compleat Sheriff: Wherein is Set Forth, His Office and Authority; With Directions, How and in What Manner to Execute the Same, According to the Common and Statute Laws of This Kingdom, Which are Now in Force and Use: And the Judgments and Resolutions of the Judges in Divers Late Cases, In the Several Courts of Westminster, Relating Thereunto. Likewise of Under-Sheriffs and Their Deputies; And Where the High-Sheriff Shall be Answerable for Their Defaults, And Where Not, &c. Together with the Learning of Bail Bonds; With an Explication of Stat. 23 H.6. Cap. 10. And Pleadings Thereon. Retorns of Writs, Remedies Against Non Retorn and Faux Retorn, Habeas Corpus, Venires, Challenges and Enquiry of Damages. Prisoners and Prisons. Execution by Fieri Fac', Elegit, &c. Escapes, Actions and Pleadings Therein. Fresh Pursuit, And Other Pleas. Attachment, Amerciament: Actions, Declarations and Pleadings on the Sheriffs Non-Fesance or Male-Fesance. Customs of London, As to Prisons, Courts, Process, Sheriffs Fees, Extortion, Sheriffs Accompts, &c. To Which is Added, The Office and Duty of Coroners. London: Printed by the Assigns of R. and E: Atkyns, Esquires; For John Walthoe, 1696. [xxiv], 443,  pp. With preliminary advertisement leaf. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and blind fillets to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few scuffs, nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine ends and corners mended, chip to rear joint, corners bumped, front hinge cracked, rear hinge starting, faint offsetting to endpapers, early (illegible) ownership signature and annotation to front free endpaper. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, a few partial cracks to text block, all leaves secure. $850. * First edition. One of the most thorough books of its kind, the aptly-titled Compleat Sheriff is notably descriptive. It also includes citations of legal cases, bibliographical references, chapters on juries and habeas corpus and a detailed discussion of the law of escapes. A useful and long-lived work, it saw five later editions, the last in 1778. All are scarce. OCLC locates 8 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard,
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