Early Edition of Burn's Justice Burn, Richard [1709-1785]. The Justice of the Peace, And Parish Officer With the Statutes and Adjudged Cases Continued to the Present Time. [London]: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1756. Two volumes. xxiv, 576; 615,  pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 51/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands, lettering pieces and blind volume numbers to spine, blind tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks, scuffs and spots to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint of Volume II cracked, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Light toning to interiors, early manuscript index to front endleaves of each volume. $850. * Second edition, the first with revisions. A durable work, Burn's Justice went through 30 editions by 1869 and was excerpted often in early American justice manuals, such as Parker's Conductor Generalis (1764) and Burn's Abridgment of Burn's Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer (1773). It covers such topics as Accessory, Alehouses, Aliens, Assault and Battery, Bail (By Writ of Habeas Corpus), Bankrupt, Bastards, Burglary, Clergy, Dogs, Evidence, Excise and Customs, Forgery, Game, Homicide, Jurors, Libel, Oaths, Insolvent Debtors, Polygamy, Promissory Notes, Rape, Riot, Robbery, Taxes and Vagrants. Holdsworth notes that "a perusal of these headings tells us something of the development of the system of local government" at the time when the book was written." Holdsworth, A History of English Law X:162. English Short-Title Catalogue T68628.
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