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1 ARGUMENT OF JOSEPH NAPIER ESQ., Q.C. HOUSE OF LORDS. Viscount Dungannon, Appellant V. Smith, Respondent , Plus PAPERS ON LEGAL EDUCATION. Imperial Law School of St. Petersburg.
Napier Papers of the Dublin Law Institute. Pt.2. No.1. Vol.1. 1845 c1845 1st Hardcover VG large 8vo 
48pp. A Report of the celebrated argument of Joseph Napier in the Dungannon case which was obtained with the intention of preserving it among the records of the Law Institute, which had received so large a share of support from the learned Counsel, who was one of its Professors on the foundation. REBOUND in brown cloth with gilt titles. The first Lord Dungannon was possessed of leasehold estates, which he bequeathed by will. At the time he had a son and grandson, the latter being called Arthur Trevor. The son died during his father's lifetime, the grandson survived and became the second Lord Dungannon. The grandson died in 1837, leaving a son who was then of age and was the present Lord Dungannon, the appellant in this case. However the question of inheritance was queried and the matter decided in the Rolls Court. Lord Dungannon appealed to the House of Lords and Mr Napier was brought over to argue the appeal at the bar of the House on Monday, 21st May, 1845. Pages 45-48 concern 'Papers on Legal Education' and contain letters from various parties, including Judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, George J. Bell, Law Professor in University of Edinburgh, etc. 
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2 ANON THE REPORT OF THE ROYAL COMMISSION, Appointed Under Order in Council P.C. 411 of February 5, 1946.
Ottawa HMSO 1946 First Edition Soft Cover VG large 8vo 
733pp. VG in original HMSO blue card covers. Little dusty and sl. chipped only. The Royal Commission was set up to 'Investigate the Facts Relating to and the Circumstances surrounding the Communication, by Public Officials and other Persons in positions of Trust of Secret and Confidential Information to Agents of a Foreign Power'. Held before Hon. Mr. Justice Robert Taschereau and Hon. Mr. Justice R.L. Kellock, and Commissioners. It was Igor Gouzenko who revealed the existence in Canada of a wide-spread conspiracy to obtain secret information. He was an informative witness who revealed the existence of a conspiratorial organization operating in Canada and other countries, telling not only the names and cover names of the organizers, the names of the Canadians who were caught who had acted as agents, but also exposed the set-up of the organization, its aims and methods. The full report of the proceedings, international links, recruiting methods, the individual agents (including Allan Nunn May), false passports etc. and including Summary of Findings, Recommendations, Key to Cover Names. A separate list shows persons named in the Report who had been convicted/acquitted in the criminal courts. (Heavy item, may require additional postage on overseas orders). 
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3 CHINNERY, G.A. Editor RECORDS OF THE BOROUGH OF LEICESTER. Hall Books and Papers 1689-1835.
Leicester University Press 1965 First Edition Hardcover Fine Nr Fine 8vo 
xvii+582pp. Dj just very slightly faded on spine with tiniest of chips, o/w a superb, clean copy. The first of three volumes for this period containing the Hall Books and Papers which are the main source for the general administrative history of the Borough in the 18th-century. In chronological order a detailed volume on the day-to-day business including the conduct of members - often for neglect of duty or unseemly behaviour, rewards for the apprehension of criminals, renting of market stalls, payments for fire losses, renting of premises for events such as book auctions, new equipment for the town gaol, repairs following riots and proceedings against the rioters, provision of food for the poor and many more varied public duties. Contains lists of Mayor, Justices of the Peace, Bailiffs, Coroners, Town Clerks etc. with full Index. (Heavy item, may require additional postage on overseas orders). 
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4 GRUTMAN, Roy & Bill Thomas LAWYERS AND THIEVES. Legal Shenanigans, Courtroom Scandal and the Endless Hunt for Money
New York Simon & Schuster 1990 First Edition Hardcover Nr Fine Nr Fine Dj 8vo 
224pp. Previous owner's blind stamp to endpaper. The inside story of what has become of American law. Using his own cases as examples, one of the country's most successful and flamboyant lawyers examines the "behind the scenes" activities and amazing greed of the legal world - from sporadic ambulance chasing of the 1950s to the sophisticated modern day search for "collectible" clients and profitable cases. Index 
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London Michael Joseph 1948 (1st 1939) 3rd impression hardcover VG VG 8vo 
272pp+coloured frontis. caricature portrait by C.N. Kough. VG in dj, just very slightly chipped and rubbed at extremes. Inscription to endpaper and little foxing to fore-edge but o/w a very nice, crisp copy. The author's story of the Irish circuit - the characters, events, scandals, trials and humour from his first court 'appearance' in 1893 at 5-years-old! He recounts the stories of a wide variety of crimes and criminals and some often amusing views of many lesser-known Irish cases. 
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6 JACKSON, Christopher A CAMBRIDGE BICENTENARY. The History of a Legal Practice, 1789-1989
Suffolk Morrow & Co. 1990 0948903082 / 9780948903083 First Edition Hardcover VG VG 8vo 
xix+324pp+illus. One corner of cover bumped, but o/w a very nice copy. Written by one of the partners in the firm to mark the bicentenary of the oldest surviving solicitors practice in Cambridge - formerly Francis & Co. but now merged with a Norwich firm. It can claim to be unique in its record of activity and close involvement with the affairs of the University and many of the Colleges, the town, County families and the legal profession itself. Many fascinating episodes from the firm's confidential records, published with consent of the clientele. Well illustrated. Sources and Further Reading plus Index. 
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7 LETTS, Malcolm THE OLD HOUSE. A Generation of Lawyers
London Frederick Muller 1942 First Edition Illus. Card Covers VG 
67pp+illus. Beige card covers are slightly dusty. The author's short account of some members of his family, written for his nephews and nieces. His grandfather went to London from Croydon in 1819, at the age of sixteen, and entered the office of an attorney called William Tucker. In 1822 the business passed to Tucker's partner, William Collins Webb, who died or retired in 1829, when his grandfather was admitted and took over the practice. His name appeared on the Law List for the first time in 1830. The author entered the firm in 1900. A fascinating booklet on the family firm which was based on the ground floor of their home at No. 8 Bartletts Buildings, Holborn. 
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Philadelphia Rees Welsh & Co. 1883 First Edition Cloth Very Good No Jacket 8vo 
xvi+326pp. VG copy in black cloth, very slightly rubbed at edges, minor wear to hinge edge of front endpaper. Sig. on e/p. A detailed record of the judges, lawyers and other persons connected with the Laws of the City and county and in the Province and Commonwealth, with the dates of their commissions, admissions etc. The Courts of Justice of Pennsylvania were first established in 1642 by the Swedes and the author gives a brief outline of some later changes in the Preface. Alphabetical listing of every position held within the city with Bibliography on the Laws of Pennsylvania, the Law Academy, Quarantine Station and much more. 
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9 NICHOLLS, Sir George A HISTORY OF THE SCOTCH POOR LAW in Connexion with the Condition of the People.
New York Augustus M. Kelley 1967 Facsimile Edition Hardcover Fine Dj not called for 8vo 
x+228pp.Tables in text. An excellent facsimile of the original edition of 1856. A detailed study which the author undertook following his work in the framing and introduction of the Irish Poor Law. Much information was gleaned first-hand from visits to Scotland, looking at the conditions of the poor and the working of the laws designed to help them. Index. A very nice copy. 
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10 NICOLSON, John, Editor THE ARIZONA OF JOSEPH PRATT ALLYN. Letters from a Pioneer Judge: Observations and Travels, 1863-1866
Tucson, AZ University of Arizona Press 1974 0816503869 / 9780816503865 First Edition Hardcover Fine Fine 8vo 
xviii+284pp. Illus. in text. Judge Pratt Allyn was appointed associate judge of the newly established Territory of Arizona in 1863 and immediately set out for the Great Southwest. As he crossed the continent with the territorial party, he began a brilliant series of letters to the Hartford Evening Press. This collection of his correspondence presents a fascinating picture of pioneer Arizona. The Editor also includes extensive notations and biography of Allyn which supply important background information. Well illustrated, with Reference and Index. 
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London Clerke & Cockeran 1951 First Edition Hardcover VG VG 8vo 
264pp. Dj just very sl. frayed at extremes, very clean internally. The development of the English justice system from the earliest Courts of Law. Chapters on Assize Courts; The Old Bailey; King's Bench Court; Quarter Sessions and Police Courts; Court of the Star Chamber etc. plus stories of the judiciary and cases which outline some particular change or development within the law. Bibliography and Index. 
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12 ROVERE, Richard. HOWE & HUMMEL. Their True & Scandalous History.
London Michael Joseph 1948 3rd Impression, 1st UK Edition. Hardcover Good Good 8vo 
135pp+sketches by Reginald Marsh. Endpapers lightly marked, label removed from half-title. Dust jacket worn around edges but main titles still complete. The scandals of the astonishing New York law office which defended more than a thousand people indicted with murder and manslaughter, with clients including Bosses of the Bowery and Queens of the underworld. Finally closed down by the D.A. in 1907, the two men had been up to every trick of corruption, including lavish retainers from every criminal element in the city. They were, however, still viewed with some amused affection. (U.S. edition entitled "The Magnificent Shysters"). 
Price: 9.00 GBP
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London H.K. Lewis 1926 First Edition Hardcover VG No Dj 
xvi+77pp. Maroon covers with gilt titles, sl. faded on spine but only absolutely minimum wear to edges. Little light foxing, mainly to endpapers. A nice copy. The author felt it was essential for the practitioner to have before him in one volume all the statute law he was obliged to know, along with a summary of the common law as it affected medicine. Chapters include Medicine both as a Science and an Art; Contact with Law - including torts, crime, evidence, lunacy, death, insurance; Duty to Know the Law; The Purpose of Medicine; Governing Bodies and their Regulations; Administration of Law; Harmony of Medicine and Law; Introduction to the Law of Torts, etc. Index and Table of Cases. 
Price: 14.00 GBP
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Edinburgh/London John Anderson & Co. and John Fairburn/Longman & Co. 1817 2nd Edition/4th Edition hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
Two editions bound together. (Justice of Peace) viii+442pp and (Constable) 38pp. Original re-backed brown calf boards with some wear, new endpapers. Little dusty on fore-edge and some pages, little mark to fore-edge and odd page but still VG and tightly bound. The Treatise on the duties of the Justice of the Peace is taken from many sources with each type of occurrence, offence, person and duty listed alphabetically. Includes a full Index with Table of the Titles and their subdivision and Appendix. References also appear at the end of many articles. This publication led to Tait writing the Justice of the Peace treatise in a much enlarged form. The section on the duties of a Constable cover Public and Private Cases and those of a Private Person in Criminal Cases. 
Price: 55.00 GBP
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New York Funk & Wagnalls Co. Standard Library Series. 1884 First Edition Hardcover VG No Dj 8vo 
vii, 229pp+Pub. Cat. Green cloth with black and gilt decorations, just a little rubbed at extremes with small mark to rear cover. Inner hinge partly cracked, closed tear to Preface page, but still a nice clean, crisp copy internally. Bookplate inside cover. Stories of a Judge's circuit during the 1870s which covered four New England towns, Powhatan, Haddleburg, Sprigton and Trelawney. Stories of the Circuit, Judge's Salary, Judge's Journal, Acquitted Defendants, Police Officers, Witnesses, Liquor Laws and more, with many illustrative cases. 
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16 WINSLOW. Ola Elizabeth SAMUEL SEWALL OF BOSTON. A Biography of Chief Justice Samuel Sewall - Magistrate, Churchman, Judge and Merchant of Colonial Boston
New York Macmillan 1964 First Edition Hardcover VG VG 
vii+235pp+illus. Ex-Reference Library with labels inside covers and one stamp to endpaper, but still a nice clean copy. The first full-length portrait of the New Englander known as "Good Mr Sewall". As Chief Justice, distinguished churchman and successful merchant, he influenced all aspects of life around him, including college and military affairs, so his long, varied career mirrors the spectrum of American interests and attitudes in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. He presided at the Salem Witchcraft Trials and then confessed to his guilt in church; campaigned for the Indians' conversion to Christianity, yet could hardly countenance their briefest visit to his home and was the first man to write a tract urging the release of Negro slaves. Bibliographical Note and Index. 
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17 WYNDHAM, Horace JUDICIAL DRAMAS. Some Society Causes Celebre.
London T. Fisher Unwin 1927 1st hardcover VG no dj 8vo 
323pp+illus. VG in slightly rubbed black cloth with gilt titles, tiny tear to top of spine, corners a little bumped. Little foxing to endpapers and small bookseller's stamp inside cover, but o/w pages are mainly clean. Twelve cases featuring crimes committed by men and women of birth and position. Includes chapters on Queen Caroline; Colonel Blood; the Earl of Cardigan; Admiral Codrington; Countess of Elgin; Lady Ellenborough; Viscount Palmerston; Baron de Vidil; Sir Robert Wilson, etc. Includes 16 plates. 
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