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The Clerk's Instructor in the Ecclesiastical - Gentleman of Doctors Commons - 1740. 
1740. 1740 Guide to Practice in the Ecclesiastical Courts Gentleman of Doctors Commons. The Clerk's Instructor in the Ecclesiastical Courts: Consisting of a Variety of the Best Precedents in English Now Made Use of in the Practice of the Civil Law, Together with Several Adjudged Cases, Letters of Induction into a Living, &c. Also a Treatise Concerning Pluralities, The Dispensation of them According to the Statute of 21 Hen. 8. And of Retainder of Chaplains. Published for the Benefit of the Students and Practitioners in the Ecclesiastical Courts, As also for Clergymen, Attornies and Others Who Would be Acquainted with the Method of Proceeding Therein. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, 1740. [iv], 528,  pp. Title page preceded by one-page publisher advertisement. Octavo (7-3/4" x 4-3/4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over paper-covered boards, raised bands and gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped. Very light toning to text, foxing, soiling and minor dampstains to a few leaves. A notably handsome copy. $450. * First edition. In addition to religious matters, eighteenth century ecclesiastical courts were the forum for many aspects of family and property law that now belong to secular authorities, such as adoption and the probate of wills. As suggested by its title, The Clerk's Instructor offers a fine perspective on their scope and daily practice. A second edition was published in 1766. Both editions are scarce. OCLC locates 11 copies of the first edition in North American law libraries, of the second. English Short-Title Catalogue T112742.
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