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Officium Vicecomitum: The Office and Authority of Sherifs: Gathered
1670. Dalton, Michael [d. ca. 1648]. Officium Vicecomitum: The Office and Authority of Sherifs: Gathered out of the statutes and books of the common Laws of this Kingdom, Corrected and Very Much Enlarged: To Which is Added An Appendix or Supplement, Containing a Collection of the Statutes Touching Sheriffs Made Since Mr. Dalton's Writing, Which are in Force and Use at This Day, Several Special Returns of Writs, and the Expositions, Judgements and Resolutions of the Reverend and Learned Judges, in the Several Courts at Westminster, Upon Divers Statutes, Cases and Questions in Law Relating to Sherifs, And Several Other New Matters: The Whole, Being a Work of Great Use and Profit, Not Only to the Students and Practitioners in the Law, But to All Other the Gentry of This Land, (On Whom the Burthen of this Office Lyeth) Especially to All Immediate High-Sheriffs and Under-Sheriffs: With a New and Copious Table, Wherein the Defects and Imperfections of the Old Table are Suppressed and Amended, The New Matter is Inserted in the Table, Under Their Proper Heads, And Have This Mark * Set Before Them. London: Printed by John Streater, James Fletcher and Henry Twyford, 1670. [iv], 500, [4], 501-564, [32] pp. Two parts. The second part is preceded by a title page reading (in part) Vicecomitis Officio Supplementum: An Appendix or Supplement. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules, gilt fillets and small blind corner fleurons to boards, raised bands and early hand-lettered title label to spine. A few minor scuffs and stains to boards, chipping to spine ends, joints starting at ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, pastedowns loose, front pastedown lacking upper corner. Attractive woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Early owner initials to head of title page. Faint dampstaining to corners of a few leaves at beginning and end of text, interior otherwise fresh. * Third edition. As its title suggests, it is a remarkably comprehensive treatise. Holdsworth, who cites it several times, says "in spite of a growing number of rivals, it continued to be a standard authority until the beginning of the eighteenth century.": History of English Law IV:119. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:222 (6).
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