Commonplace Book on Land and Estate Law [Manuscript]. [Great Britain]. [Commonplace Book]. Great Britain, 17th century. 455 ff [with intermittent blanks]. Quarto (8" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary reversed calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked retaining existing spine with raised bands and hand-lettered title ("IRSTVW"?), blind tooling to board edges, metal clasps to fore-edges, one lacking, edges untrimmed. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints just starting at ends, a few slight cracks to spine, three of four corners mended (the other bumped and lightly worn), hinges cracked, pastedowns loose, later bookseller's description tipped onto inner front board. Text in Law French in one, possibly two neat hands in two columns within red-ruled borders, headings in English and Law French. Light toning to interior, light soiling in a few places, a few (mostly partial) cracks to text block, all leaves secure. $4,500. * Organized by subject, this interesting and extensive commonplace book includes extracts on a wide range of topics in land and estate law such as annuity, suspension, remainder, tenure, legacy and legatee, chivalry, charitable uses, usury, homage and fealty. It appears to cite both authors, such as Bracton and Croke, and relevant cases and statutes.
Book number 75598