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The Lady's Law: Or, A Treatise of Feme Coverts: Containing All the
1737. The Lady's Law [Women]. [Great Britain]. [Hyde, Edward]. The Lady's Law: Or, A Treatise of Feme Coverts: Containing All the Laws and Statutes Relating to Women, Under Several Heads: I. Of Discents of Lands to Females, Coparceners, Etc. II. Of Consummation of Marriage, Stealing of Women, Rapes, Polygamy. III. Of the Laws of Procreation of Children; And of Bastards or Spurious Issue. IV. Of the Privileges of Feme Coverts, And Their Power with Respect to Their Husband, And All Others. V. Of Husband and Wife, In What Actions They Are to Join. VI. Of Estates Tail, Jointures and Settlements, Real and Personal in Women. VII. Of What the Wife is Entitled to of the Husband's, And Things Belonging to the Wife, The Husband Gains Possession of by Marriage. VIII. Of Private Contracts by the Wife, Alimony, Separate Maintenance, Divorces, Elopements, Etc. To Which are Added, Judge Hide's Very Remarkable Argument in the Exchequer-Chamber, Term. Trin. 15 Car. 2 In the Case of Manby and Scot, Whether and in What Cases the Husband is Bound by the Contract of His Wife: And Select Precedents of Conveyances in all Cases Concerning Feme Coverts.[London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, And R. Gosling, 1737. [viii], 264, [16] pp. Publisher advertisement, usually bound before title page, not present in this copy. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine. Light toning to text. Early annotation to rear endleaf, interior otherwise clean. A handsome copy. * Second and final edition, a reissue of the first edition with a cancel title page. Originally published in 1732 as A Treatise of Feme Coverts, this is one of the first books devoted to laws concerning a "feme covert," that is, a daughter, ward or wife. The work concludes with an account of Robert Hyde's argument in the notable 1663 Exchequer case of Manby v. Scott, in which he argued that a husband separated from his wife is not liable to a vendor for goods purchased by the estranged wife. Hyde [1595-1665] was a Chief Justice of the King's Bench from 1663-1665, having gained appointment through the influence of his cousin, Edward Hyde, first Earl of Clarendon. Both editions are scarce. OCLC locates 9 of the first in North American law libraries, 3 of the second (at Harvard, the University of Cincinnati and
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