1805 Printing of Burn's Justice in a Handsome Contemporary Binding Burn, Richard [1709-1785]. The Justice of the Peace, And Parish Officer. Corrected, And Considerably Enlarged, Including the Late Adjudged Cases, And the Statutes, To the Present Time (May, 45 Geo. III). London: Printed by A. Strahan, Law-Printer to the King's Most Excellent Majesty, 1805. Four volumes. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, raised bands, black-stamped volume numbers and lettering pieces to spine, those of Volumes II and IV replaced at a later date. Negligible light shelfwear to boards and extremities, tiny stain to spine of Volume I, owner inscription ("Wm. Jackson's/ Book/ Yanwath/ 1806") to front and rear endleaves of each volumes, rear hinge of Volume I and front hinge of Volume II starting. Light toning to interiors, slightly heavier in a few places, minor stains to a few leaves. A handsome set. $500. * Twentieth edition. 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. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:226.
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