"Adapted to These United States" Parker, James [1714-1770], Compiler. Conductor Generalis: Or, the Office, Duty and Authority of Justices of the Peace, High-Sheriffs, Under-Sheriffs, Coroners, Constables, Gaolers, Jury-Men, And Overseers of the Poor. As Also the Office of Clerks of Assize, and of the Peace, &c. To Which Are Added, Several Choice Maxims in Law, &c. Compiled Chiefly from Burn's Justice, and the Several Other Books on Those Subjects. Adapted to These United States. The Whole Alphabetically Digested Under the Several Titles; With a Table Directing to the Ready Finding Out the Proper Matter Under Those Titles. New York: Printed by John Patterson, For Robert Hodge, 1788. xvi, 539 pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light rubbing and a few minor spots and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, joints partially split at ends, early owner signature (William Betz/ Reading PA/ 1835) to front pastedown, another struck-through signature (A. Hopkins) to front free endpaper, which is detached, other front endleaf lacking. Moderate tonining to interior, light foxing and faint dampstaining in a few places, offsetting to margins of endleaves, early owner signatures (William Betz and, struck through, John Roberts) to head of title page. $450. * A popular American legal manual issued by different printers, the Conductor Generalis was based largely on Burn and other English sources. The first by Parker was published in 1764. His 1788 edition, the fourth, is significant because it was the first published after the ratification of the Constitution and "adapted to these United States." Part II contains (with caption titles only): The Office and Duty of Sheriffs; The Office of a Gaoler, and Concerning Escapes; The Office and Duty of the Clerk of Assize and Clerk of the Peace; A Guide to Juries; Of Maxims and General Rules, from Jacob's Law Grammar; Of Actions and Remedies; Of Fictions, Intendments, and Presumptions. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 7959.
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