Conductor Generalis Printed by Hugh Gaine, 1788 Parker, James [1714-1770]. [Van Schaack, Peter (1747-1832), Editor]. The 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. Compiled Chiefly from Burn's Justice, and the Several Other Books on Those Subjects, by James Parker, Late One of the Justices of the Peace for Middlesex County, in New-Jersey; and Now Revised and Adapted to the United States of America. By a Gentleman of the Law. The Whole Alphabetically Digested Under the Several Titles; With a Table Directing to the Ready Finding Out the Proper Matter Under Those Titles. To Which are Added, (Above What is in Any Other Edition of the Work,) the Act Called the Ten Pound Act, And the Militia Law of the State of New-York. New York: Printed by Hugh Gaine, and sold at his Book-Store at the Bible in Hanover-Square, 1788. xv, , 461,  pp. Octavo (8" x 4-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind fillets to boards, rebacked in period style sheep with blind fillets and lightly edgeworn retained lettering piece, blind tooling to board edges, hinges mended with tissue. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs and faint stains to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and worn, clear tape repairs to edges of front free endpaper and title page, early and later ownership signatures (one of Noble B. Hitchcock) to front pastedown, later gift inscription and bookplate to front free endpaper, early ownership signatures to rear pastedown and free endpaper. Moderate toning to interior, occasional light foxing and (mostly marginal) faint dampstaining, small tears to edges of a few leaves not affecting text, early annotation (a sample oath for witnesses testifying at trial) to final (blank) page. $650. * A popular American legal manual issued by different printers and publishers largely based on English sources, primarily Burn. The first edition by Parker appeared in 1764. Two editions appeared in 1788, one printed by John Patterson and the other by Hugh Gaine. The present edition, printed by Hugh Gaine, was edited by eminent colonial lawyer Peter Van Schaack and was the first to include the Ten Pound Act and New York's militia law. Both 178.
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