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A New Abridgement of the Law

By Matthew Bacon

The Third Edition, Corrected with many additional notes and reference.

Vol I, III, IV and V (missing vol II)

1768-1770 - London - Printed by his Majesty's Law-Printers

14" by 9" - (22), 687, (22), 823, (14), 698, (14), 544, (12)pp


 

DETAILS

Four volumes in leather folio bindings.

The third edition of Bacon's important legal work.  Includes volumes I, III, IV and V only.

Matthew Bacon was an eighteenth century commentator on the laws of England. His major work, A New Abridgement of the Law, collected court cases that would be of interest to lawyers looking for precedents, and described them in abridged form. Bacon's Abridgement became a standard law text that was referred to frequently. Bacon died before completing the text; the titles commencing with Simony and ending with Verdict, were added by Sergeant Sayer and the residue of the titles by Owen Ruffhead.

Bacon's Abridgement was often used in teaching, as well as in court. In the Jefferson Cyclopedia, A Comprehensive Collection of the Views of Thomas Jefferson edited by John Foley in 1900, under the heading "Lawyers" is this note about the Abridgement:

This gives numerous applications of the old principles to new cases, and gives the general state of the English law at that period. Here, too, the student should take up the Chancery branch of the law, by reading the first and second abridgments of the cases in Equity. The second is by the same Matthew Bacon, the first having been published some time before. The alphabetical order adopted by Bacon, is certainly not as satisfactory as the systematic. But the arrangement is under very general and leading heads, and these, indeed, with very little difficulty, might be systematically instead of alphabetically arranged and read.

CONDITION

The bindings are mostly tight and firm although the title page and last nine pages are detached but present in volume I and the first four pages and rear end paper are detached but present in volume V.  All boards are detached and four are missing.  One of the boards is a little longer than the binding.  There is wear to all the extremities including heavy rubbing with loss of leather to the boards and spines.  The corners are bumped with damage.  Internally the books have some spotting and handling marks in places.  The title page of volume I is darkened.  All end papers are missing from volume I.  There are copperplate inscriptions to the front pastedown and and a bookplate to the front pastedown of the larger board.  The first twenty or so pages of volume I are tattered and do eared to the edges.   Overall the books are in fair condition and priced accordingly, though this is a scarce set in any condition.

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