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SHEPPARD, William
The president of presidents. Or, One General President for Common Assurances by Deeds: Wherein there is an Extract of all the general Learning and Forms of Presidents now extant. Out of which you may be fitted for most Purposes and Cases; and be able to finde the Faults of any Conveyances, and so judge of your Right and Title to your Lands and Goods; here being (upon the matter) the Effect and Quintessence of all Books of this kind. Of Singular use and profit to all men.
Printed by J[ames] C[otrell] for Robert Pawlet, London 1677 - [8], 364pp, [14]. Title page is a cancel. Recent calf-backed marbled boards, contrasting black morocco lettering-piece. Very minor wear to extremities. Pen trials to blank endpapers, slight paper flaw to D2 margin, stain to margin of p.252, occasional creasing and very short marginal tears, lightly spotted, overall a clean and crisp copy. First published in 1655, President of Presidents sets forth the proposals of barrister and legal council to Oliver Cromwell and the Protectorate, William Sheppard (bap. 1595, d. 1674) to revise the judicial system of conveyances towards a more uniform model. Sheppard argues for standardising the laws surrounding land acquisition at a national level, thus eliminating complications arising from the varying uncertainties of local law practices regarding the securing property rights. The popularity of the work proved enduring, running through at least ten editions up to 1870. Wing S3209A. Size: 8vo [Attributes: Hard Cover]
Antiquar: Antiquates - ABA, ILAB
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