The Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer. The Fifteenth [and last] Edition: To which is added an Appendix, including the Statutes of the last Session of Parliament (24 G. 3.).
Four Volumes (complete set). London, W.Strahan and W.Woodfall, Law-Printers to the King’s most excellent Majesty, for T.Cadell in the Strand, 1785. Octavo. Volume I: XXVIII, 540 pages / Volume II: 624 pages / Volume III: 640 pages / Volume IV: 451 pages plus 70 unnumbered pages of an Appendix, 68 unnumbered pages of an Index, 25 pages of “A Table of the Statutes contained in this Work”, 1 Errata-Leaf, 2 pages of advertising for “Books printed for and Sold by T.Cadell, in the Strand, London, 1785. Hardcover, original full 18th century calf with gilt lettering on spine and contemporary spine-labels. Spines slightly rubbed. Endpapers with small corner missing (previous owner’s name). Minor wormhole-damage to the first 25 pages of Volume I. From the library of Daniel Conner (Connerville / Manch House), with his Exlibris / Bookplate and Provenance-stamp to pastedown. Overall in very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Rare in this beautiful, original 18th-century binding.
According to Sir William Searle Holdsworth, Burn’s ‘Justice of the Peace’ was one of the few 18th century classics of legal writing [see Holdsworth’s ‘History of English Law’, Volumes 10 and 12].
Includes chapters on: Popery (Jesuits and popish priests, Penalty of not resorting to church, Papists not to come to court, Popish baptism, Protestant children of PapistsBringing bulls and other instruments from Rome, Popish supremacy apposed and abolished etc.) / Excise on Spirituous liquors, Soap, Linen, Salt, Forgery, Game, Gaming, Gunpowder etc. / Physicians (‘No recusant convict shall practise physick, nor use the trade of an apothecary on pain…’ / Apothecaries within London and seven miles thereof and also apothecaries in any other place who have served seven years apprenticeship, shall be exempted from the office of constable, scavenger, overseer of the poor….Surgeons shall be dischargedof the constableship… / ‘If a physician gives a person a potion without any intent of doing him any bodily hurt, but with intent to cure or prevent a disease, and contrary to the expectation of the physician it kills him, this is no homicide…’ / Plague – (Orders for quarantine to be read in Churches / Masters of ships to give notice) etc.