A Curious Guide for Justices of the Peace [C] Keble, Joseph [1632-1710]. An Assistance to Justices of the Peace, For the Easier Performance of Their Duty. London: Printed by W. Rawlins, S. Roycroft, and H. Sawbridge, 1683. [viii], 139, , 137-152, 151-430, 457-719,  pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind panels with corner fleurons to boards, raised bands to spine, gilt fillets to board edges, recent repair to foot of spine. Light scratches and a few minor scuffs and light stains to boards, light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and moderately worn, hinges cracked. Light toning to interior, slightly heavier in a few places, faint dampstaining to margins of endleaves and beginning and end of text, minor worming to front pastedown and margins of preliminaries, (illegible) early signature to front endleaf, another early signature (John Roby) to title page. $550. * First edition, one of three issues from 1683. This curious work combines elements of an abridgment, a digest and a traditional JP manual. It has two parts. The first is a chronological digest, with side-notes, of "the particular clauses of statutes of the order and introduction of the power of keeping the peace." The second, and larger, part offers a digest of topics, from Abby to Women, "wherein Lambert, Crompton, and Dalton are reduced, and the Particular Statutes accommodate to present use." A second edition was published in 1689. Keble was a notable reporter and the compiler of the important Statutes at Large (1676). English Short-Title Catalogue R32999.
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