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Letters of William Russell, on the doctrine of constructive contempt. With a true copy of the original affidavit, upon which the sheriff of the county of Dublin was attached, and an accurate report of the judgment of the King's Bench in that case.

Russell, William.

Published by [s.n.], Dublin, 1786
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Sole edition of this strongly worded epistolary examination of constructive contempt (contempt of court which occurs outside of the court's actual presence) and its role in Sheriff Henry Steevens Reily's case ? the disposition of which the author considered an attempt to subvert the rights of free Irish citizens. The dedication to Prime Minister William Pitt makes particular note of the "independent situation of Irish courts" (p. vii). While this work is certainly held in the expectable Irish libraries, it is => little held in British or American libraries. In fact, searches of NUC, ESTC, and WorldCat locate only two copies in the U.S., both in the northeast. 8vo (20.4 cm, 8"). [iii]?xl, 155, [1] pp. (lacking half-title). ESTC T179610. Period-style half calf and marbled paper?covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title. Half-title lacking; title-page with early inked inscriptions in upper portion (one inked over), lower corners torn away, and edges chipped as next few leaves' are; first dedication page with early 20th-century inscription in inner margin. Pages darkened, especially at edges, and a good many bumped; last four leaves tattered with old repairs to lower corners taking a few letters but not sense, and once-separated final leaf with repairs also to upper and inner margins. A copy with some rough aspects, but one now sound and => a book that's scarce. Bookseller Inventory # 34108

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Title: Letters of William Russell, on the doctrine ...

Publisher: [s.n.], Dublin

Publication Date: 1786

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