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A General Abridgment of Law and Equity

Alphabetically Digested Under Proper Titles with Notes and References to the Whole

By Charles Viner

1742-1757 - Aldershot - Printed for the author

13.5" by 8.5", 600; 600; 540; 600; 600; 598; 600; 596; 600; 596; 472; 268; 563; 637; 598; 600; 600; 600; 600; 576; 600; 551; 482pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

DETAILS

A scarce set of Charles Viner's extensive influential work on Common Law.

First edition.

Complete in twenty-three volumes.

In 1847 John Gage Marvin, an American legal bibliographer, described the work thus: "The laborious author spent nearly fifty years upon his Abridgment, the most voluminous production of any single individual in the whole bibliography of the Common Law. Whatever is to be found in the old Abridgments, or in all printed and several MS. Reports anterior to Geo. III., Mr. Viner has translated, abridged, remodelled, and introduced or referred to in his work."

This set includes the twelfth volume, on Evidence, as well as the index volume, both of which were published posthumously in 1757.

Charles Viner (bap. 1678, d. 1756), legal writer and university benefactor, was born in Salisbury. Viner entered the Middle Temple in 1700, and although he was never called to the bar he kept chambers in King's Bench Walk, Temple, from where he gave occasional legal advice. His real interest, however, was more in the literature of the law than in its practice. He began to collect notes of recently decided cases in 1703, but devoted the greater part of his life to the exhaustive arrangement of existing legal materials under alphabetical headings, based on the works of his predecessors Robert Brooke and Henry Rolle. This work was printed, reputedly under Viner's direction at his own home, on paper watermarked with his monogram, published by him personally, and the earlier volumes sold from his chambers in the Temple. Though unwieldy to use, it was the most comprehensive attempt to render accessible the legal materials printed before his time, and it remains an invaluable key to these works. [DNB]

With previous owner's bookplates to many front pastedowns of one John Barton, and ink stamps of Cornwell House to many front free endpapers. Five volumes have a small copperplate inscription to front free endpaper or title page of one F. Fisher.

Lists of subscribers to each volume except the index.

CONDITION

In calf bindings with raised bands and leather spine labels with gilt titling. Externally, rather worn with slight loss to leather of many volumes and bumping to extremities. One board detached, 18 boards held by cords only and 23 joints cracked or tender. Internally, three front free endpapers, four rear free endpapers and one rear blank detached with one rear free endpaper starting. Otherwise, all volumes are generally firmly bound and bright with occasional foxing and evidence of past worming, mostly to first and last few pages. Most pages remain clean.

Overall: GOOD ONLY


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