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Bacon, Matthew
A New Abridgment of the Law
London: his Majesty's Law-Printers, 1768. Five volumes; third edition. Folio (9.5" x 14"). All volumes uniformly bound in full calf; the original boards have been professionally restored and rebacked to match. Some rubbing to boards; toning and mild soiling to text block. Some light foxing throughout the volumes. William Osgoode's copy, with his signature to the title page of the first volume, as well as his bookplate to the front pastedown of all of the volumes, except the third. Osgood has also annotated the volumes, with several lengthy ones, dispersed throughout. The bookplate of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec is also on the front pastedown of all of the volumes. A well preserved set with fascinating provenance. William Osgoode was the first Chief Justice of Upper Canada(Ontario) and was later the Chief Justice of Lower Canada as well. On December 31, 1791, he was appointed first Chief Justice of Upper Canada. Although he mainly sought the opinions of lawyers from England, Osgoode attempted to adapt the English civil law of the time to fit the needs of a developing colony. Osgoode's Judicature Act of 1794 established a system of district courts and a superior provincial court; during his term, legislation was also introduced to abolish slavery. These volumes came into Osgoode's possession before he came to Canada, as his signature is dated "1780". Osgoode returned to England after his resignation in 1801; this set of books did not return with him, instead finding its way to the Quebec Literary and Historical Society some time after it was … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Aquila Books(Cameron Treleaven) ABAC [Calgary, AB, Canada]

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