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The Spirit of the Bankrupt Laws; Wherein are Principally Considered...
1767. Important Eighteenth-Century Treatise on English Bankruptcy Law Green, Edward. The Spirit of the Bankrupt Laws. Wherein are Principally Considered, The Power and Authority of the Commissioners, In, 1. Declaring the Party Bankrupt. 2. Seizing His Estate, And Summoning Him to Surrender. 3. Receiving Proof of the Debts of His Creditors. 4. Appointing, Chusing, and Removing Assignees. 5. Conveying and Selling his Estate and Effects. 6. Examining and Committing Him, His Wife, and Others. 7. Certifying His Conformity. 8. Dividing the Estate. 9. Ordering Him His Allowance, And Overplus. These are Fully Discussed and Explained, Particularly the Power of the Commissioners to Commit, From the Determinations of Lords Hardwicke, Mansfield, And of the Present Judges. With Precedents and Instructions. To Which is Prefix'd, A Discourse Concerning the Appointment, Qualifications, Fees, Authority, Duty, Indemnity, &c. of Commissioners of Bankrupts. London: Printed for J. Williams, 1767. viii, xii, [10], 434, [14] pp. Includes four-page publisher catalogue. 12mo. (6-3/4" x 4"). Contemporary calf, blind frames to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Some rubbing to extremities, a few shallow scuffs to boards, small chip to head of spine, corners bumped, front board beginning to separate (but still quite secure), rear hinge cracked. Light toning to text, darker in places, spotting to a few leaves, internally clean. Ex-library. Stamps to boards, edges and free endpapers, brief annotation to front free endpaper, perforated stamp to title page and following leaf. A solid copy. $750. * First edition. "The book is clearly written and well arranged. It states the effect of the modern cases and statutes; but it is not a mere digest. It explains underlying principles, and gives a good account of the way in which the commissioners in practice conducted their business" (Holdsworth). The first edition was published in 1767, the final edition (the fourth) in 1780. All are scarce. OCLC locates -2 copies of the first edition in North America, 1 in a law library (University of Pennsylvania). Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII:388. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:542 (22).
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