Ordinances Made by the Right Honourable Sir Francis Bacon Knight...
Bacon's Chancery Reforms [Great Britain]. [Court of Chancery]. Bacon, Sir Francis [1561-1626]. Ordinances Made by the Right Honourable Sir Francis Bacon Knight, Lord Verulam, And Vicount of Saint Albans, Being then Lord Chancellor. For the Better and More Regular Administration of Justice in the Chancery, To be Daily Observed Saving the Prerogative of this Court. London: Printed for Mathew Walbanke, and Lawrence Chapman, 1642. [ii], 22 pp. Quarto (7" x 5-1/2"). Disbound stab-stitched pamphlet in contemporary soiled and creased vellum folder. Light browning, faint dampstaining to fore-edge of text block and to upper left corner of last few leaves, occasional light foxing and soiling, small mended tear to fore-edge of title page, which is separating at foot but secure, not affecting text. Housed in modern buckram slipcase with gilt fillets and title, light rubbing to extremities. $1,250. * Only edition. Bacon's reforms to the Court of Chancery, as Holdsworth notes, "to a large extent, fixed the practice of the court till the reforms [of the nineteenth century]. Throughout his life Bacon was a consistent advocate of the codification of the statute law, and the digesting of case law. This set of Orders was the one piece of codification he was able to effect." Holdsworth, A History of English Law V:252-253. English Short-Title Catalogue R20720.
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