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  1. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
    First editions of volumes three and four, third edition of the first, and second edition of the second; with the ownership inscription of Cornish landowner and tory politician Henry Hawkins Tremayne (1741-1829) to the title page of the third volume. The Tremaynes were a family of wealthy landowners who were heavily involved... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 101300

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  2. Rechtliche Wirthschaftsstze und Cautelen bey Contracten, Kaufen, Verkaufen, Verpachten und Verwalten ffentlicher oder Privatgter, so weit sich ein Wirth und Cammeralist davon Kenntniss erwerben muss.
    Scarce first edition of a legal guide for estate and land managers, written by the son of the German jurist Georg Zincke, with an introductory biography of his father at the beginning of the work. In a series of 305 paragraphs, the author explains all the legal ins and outs of contracts, obligations, buying, selling, brokering,... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 110668

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  3. A Handbook on Hanging.
    First US edition, a year after the first UK edition. Nice copy of Duff's timeless satire on the death penalty, described by Dylan Thomas as a minor classic, both the Daily Herald and T.P.'s Weekly invoking comparisons with Defoe in reviews reprinted on the jacket, the latter considering it "an exquisite piece of irony".... Learn More
    £125

    Stock Code: 112737

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  4. The Spirit of Laws.
    First English edition. One of the central texts in the history of 18th-century thought, L'Esprit des Loix was a huge influence both on English law, especially as mediated by William Blackstone, and on those who framed the American Constitution. Blackstone's Commentaries, Hamilton's Federalist Papers and Tocqueville's Democracy... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 111777

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  5. A New Law Dictionary.
    Revised edition of Jacob's "most enduring and successful work" (ODNB), possibly prompted by competition from the rival dictionary of Timothy Cunningham, published 1764-5. First printed in 1729, A New Law Dictionary took Jacob nine years to write, and broke new ground in combining an abridgement of statute law with a dictionary... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 111403

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  6. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
    First editions of vols. III and IV, third edition of vol. I, second of vol. II. An attractive set of Blackstone's works. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history Until the Commentaries, the ordinary Englishman had viewed... Learn More
    £3,250

    Stock Code: 111360

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  7. The Spirit of Laws.
    First Irish edition, first published in French in 1748, the first English edition published in London in 1750. One of the central texts in the history of 18th-century thought, L'Esprit des Loix was a huge influence both on English law, especially as mediated by William Blackstone, and on those who framed the American Constitution.... Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 109272

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  8. Essays on Government, Jurisprudence, Liberty of the Press, and Law of Nations. Written for the Supplement to the Encyclop
    First collected edition, printed hors commerce in an edition of only 50 copies (NCBEL III, col. 1549). Macvey Napier's invitation to contribute to his Supplement to the sixth edition of the Encyclop Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 107560

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  9. Reminiscences of an Indian Police Official.
    First edition. Uncommon. "From 1857 to 1885, Crawford served in the India Police of the Bombay Presidency and in Central India. In this work he has provided a loose collection of case studies for crimes ranging from fraud to murder for which he was investigating officer. As true of other similar works, Crawford's success... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 106164

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  10. Occasional Papers Dramatic and Historical.
    First edition, second impression, same month as the first; this copy inscribed "with my good wishes H.B. Irving, 1919" on the half-title. The son of the great actor-manager, Harry Brodribb was intended for the Law, but after graduating from New College, Oxford and being called to the Bar at the Inner Temple, he turned to... Learn More
    £95

    Stock Code: 102569

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  11. Advance to Barbarism.
    Second, expanded edition, first published in 1948, of this indictment of the Nuremberg trials. Presentation copy from the author, inscribed on the half-title: "To R. T. Paget, Q.C., with the acknowledgements of the author for inspiration and encouragement. F. J. P. Veale. Nov. 4. 1953". Together with a typed letter signed... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 102453

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  12. Commentaries on the Laws of England.
    First edition of the most influential law book ever published. "Blackstone's great work on the laws of England is the extreme example of justification of an existing state of affairs by virtue of its history Learn More
    £9,750

    Stock Code: 102076

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  13. The American Commonwealth.
    First edition. James Bryce, Viscount Bryce (1838 Learn More
    £950

    Stock Code: 96670

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  14. Tractatus de assecurationibus & sponsionibus mercatorum
    First edition of the first printed book on insurance. The work was frequently reprinted in the 16th century with Stracca's De Mercatura and further separate editions appeared well into the 17th, but the first edition is extremely rare, RLIN locating the Harvard copy only, to which OCLC adds another, at the University of... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 92377

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  15. The Case of Shipmony [sic] briefly discoursed,
    First edition(?) with the spelling "Policy" in the title; STC notes two other editions of the same year with the spelling "Policie". The Case of Shipmony occupies a special place in the history of English political thought: The Case of Shipmony may be the first intellectually significant political pamphlet of the Long Parliament... Learn More
    £750

    Stock Code: 96597

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  16. A discoverie of the true causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued, nor brought under obedience of the crowne of England, untill the beginning of his Majesties happie raigne.
    First edition; rare in commerce. As part of the regime consolidating English rule following the defeat of Tyrone's rebel forces, Sir John Davies's career in Ireland spanned 16 years' service, first as Solicitor-General, 1603 Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 86755

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  17. A Contribution towards a Bibliography dealing with Crime:
    First and only edition, designated "Not for Sale" on the title page. Cumming had a lengthy career in the ICS, becoming Assistant Collector and Magistrate, Bengal in 1890, Settlement Officer, 1894, Joint Collector and Deputy Magistrate, 1896-1900, in 1900 becoming Collector. From 1909-11 he was Secretary of the Government... Learn More
    £75

    Stock Code: 84687

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  18. Imprisonment.
    First separate edition, revised with a foreword written specially for this edition. Learn More
    £65

    Stock Code: 73355

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  19. The lawes and actes of Parliament,
    First edition. John Skene (c. 1540 Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 74115

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  20. The Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer.
    A handsomely bound copy of the seventeenth edition. Richard Burn was a JP and clergyman who edited the ninth, tenth and eleventh editions of Blackstone's Commentaries. His Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer (first published 1755) is his classic work. "It deserved its success. Burn carefully abridged the statutes, and... Learn More
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    Stock Code: 73150

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