Bacon's "Profound" Reading on Conveyancing Bacon, Sir Francis [1561-1626]. Rowe, William Henry, Editor. The Reading Upon the Statute of Uses of Francis Bacon, Afterwards Baron of Verulam, And Viscount St. Alban; Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain. A New Edition. With Very Full Notes and Explanations, And a Copious Table of the Contents. London: Printed by W. Stratford for the Editor, 1806. [iv], 28, 262,  pp. Publisher advertisements to final page. Octavo (8-1/4" x 4-3/4"). Later buckram, gilt fillets, title and institutional name to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and soiling to exterior, library bookplate and small circular shelf label to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, light foxing in a few places, light soiling and early annotation to title page, which has a small ink library stamp along with several other leaves, upper corner of leaf D1 (pp. 25-26) lacking, small hole to leaf Kk2 (pp. 251-252) without loss to legibility. $350. * Final edition. Bacon, one of the great intellectuals of the age, held the posts of solicitor general, attorney general and lord chancellor during the reign of James I. The Learned Reading collects his thoughts on conveyancing. According to Hargrave this is "a very profound treatise on the subject as far as it goes, and shows that he had the clearest conception of one of the most abstruse parts of our law." First published in 1642, it was reissued in 1785 and 1804. It was also incorporated into his Law Tracts. Hargrave cited in Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:478 (2).
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