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Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges]:
Lex Terrae: A Discussion of the Law of England regarding claims of Inheritable Rights of Peerage. [With a note in the author's hand].
Geneva: Self-published: Printed by William Fick, 1831. Geneva:: Self-published: Printed by William Fick,, 1831.. '100 copies only'.. Hardcover. Good, defective. xviii, 432pp. Contents clean, with foxing up to p.10 and to the last few pages. With the stamp of Birmingham Law Society to the title and at several places in the text. The last page has repairs to the edges, and breaks off mid-sentence, due to this copy lacking pp433-483 and the subsequent ix pages, which other copies are recorded as having. Published in support of Brydges' (rejected) claim to the Chandos barony. To the head of p.1, and slightly cropped, is 'No 79 SEB 15 May 1830' in the author's hand. It seems likely that he mistook the year, as some of the constituent parts of the book, as well as the title page, are dated 1831. A misprint to p.91 is corrected in ink, perhaps also by the author. However, while other copies are said to be a 'bound volume of 13 pamphlets from the Forster collection', I suspect that the cataloguer misread 13 for a 15 in the odd typeface used, as the present copy (although defective) contains 14 pamphlets. These consist of a strange hotchpotch of legal argument, peripheral discussion, personal statements, and poems. As he begins his Preface: 'This will be called a strange book...' In a recent craftsman binding of olive cloth with a red lettering-piece. An incomplete ex-library copy of an intriguing and very scarce title.
Bookseller: Chapel Books [Westleton, SFK, United Kingdom]

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