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The Transactions of the High Court of Chancery - Tothill, William - 1671. 
1671. Important for Its Insights Into the Development of Chancery Practice Tothill, William, Compiler. The Transactions of the High Court of Chancery, Both by Practice and President; With the Fees Thereunto Belonging, And All Special Orders in Extraordinary Cases, Which Are to be Found in the Registers Office as They Are Quoted by Terms, Years, And Books. Collected by that Famous Lawyer William Tothill Esq; Late One of the Six Clerks: And Since Reviewed by Sir Ro: Holborne, Bencher of Lincolns-Inne. London: Printed for R. Best and J. Place, 1671. [viii], 192, 225-240, 209-224, 257-288 pp. Text continuous despite pagination. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Later sprinkled calf, gilt fillets to boards, gilt spine with lettering piece, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A few light scratches and nicks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints starting at ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Title printed within typographical border, typographical head-pieces. Light browning and occasional faint spotting to text, spark burns to a few leaves. Later owner signtaures to front endleaf and head of title page, early owner signature to head of following leaf, interior otherwise clean. $700. * Second edition. As Wallace notes, this work, originally published in 1649, is "frequently interesting as showing in a positive and plainly authentic form the rudimentary shape of the present...developed chancery system of England; and as illustrating, by instances, that singular constitution of jurisprudence peculiar to Great Britain and the United States of America, by which a copious, precise, and most artificial system of law is spun out, gradually, from a small expression of natural justice, and with scrupulous respect for existing law, by the safe and constantly improving process of judicial interpretation." A third edition was published in 1671. It was also reissued in 1820 and 1872. Wallace, The Reporters 475. English Short-Title Catalogue R38811.
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