The Legal Side of an Ambitious Land-Reclamation Project Cole, Charles Nalson [1723-1804]. [Bedford Level Corporation]. A Collection of Laws Which Form the Constitution of the Bedford Level Corporation; Together with an Introductory History Thereof. London: Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan for C. Bathurst, 1761. [viii], lii, 576 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked in sheep retaining existing spine with gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, edges speckled red. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, somewhat heavier to joints, which are starting at head, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, faint offsetting to endleaves, armorial bookplate (of Lord Walsingham) to front pastedown, presentation inscription "From the Author" to front free endpaper, which is very lightly edgeworn. Light toning to interior, occasional light foxing, faint dampstain to lower corner of first 50 or so leaves not affecting text, light soiling in a few places, brief annotations in ink to table of contents. $850. * First edition. The Bedford Level Corporation was founded in 1663 to oversee the draining of the Fens of East Central England, facilitating agriculture in the area. It had extensive navigation and taxation rights in order to carry out its objectives. Cole was a member of the Inner Temple and the registrar of the Bedford Level Corporation. A second edition was published in 1803. OCLC locates 3 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries (Library of Congress, University of Georgia, University of Pennsylvania). Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 9658. English Short-Title Catalogue T130409.
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