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Precedents, Southern England, c 1795
1795 - Late-Eighteenth Century English Manuscript Book of Precedents [Manuscript]. [Smith, Joseph]. Precedents. Southern England, c. 1795. Approximately 200 ff. with content, most leaves have content to rectos and versos. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary flexible sheep, blind rules to boards, "Precedents" in early hand to head of front cover. Moderate rubbing and scuffing to boards, heavier wear to extremities, corners worn away, spine mostly perished, covers and text block secure, a few leaves loose or partially detached, ater armorial bookplate of Hubert Smith-Stanier to front pastedown, a leaf of notes in his hand laid in. "Joseph Smith/ 1795" to recto of first leaf, light toning to text, content written in elegant hand, some edgewear to laid-in leaf of notes. An interesting item. $1,500. * Joseph Smith was a town clerk in southern England. Carefully compiled in an elegant hand, his book of precedents consists mostly of indentures and articles of agreement. The first 181 leaves are numbered. There are a few blank leaves in the sequence and several un-numbered leaves at the rear of the book. The neat hand, which is free of corrections, numbered blank leaves and other blank leaves suggest this manuscript was an incomplete fair copy of a reference work. The laid-in notes are a biography of Smith by Smith-Stanier [1823-1911], a relative of Smith and notable English folklorist. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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