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The compleat clark, and scriveners guide. Containing exact draughts and presidents of all manner of assurances and instruments now in use.

H., J.

Published by Pr. by T.R. for H. Twyford, N. Brookes, J. Place, & R. Wingate, London, 1655
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Uncommon first edition of this guide to conveyancing for the 17th-century legal practitioner. The additional engraved title-page (signed by Fross) gives the title "The Conveyancers Light or Exact Presidents for All Manner of Instruments and Conveyances as They Have Occasionally Beene Composed by the Advice of Many Eminent Lawyers Both Antient & Moderne"; the bulk of the volume is dedicated to providing actual examples of documents such as "a Covenant to suffer a Recovery of Copy-hold Land by a Plaint in a Court Baron, after the order of a Recovery at the Common Law" (p. 321) as well as texts for wills, warrants, debt collections, "very good" mortgages, etc. ESTC and WorldCat locate only 10 U.S. institutional holdings of this useful and important reference work ? now, also, an interesting work of social history. Evidence of Readership: An early hand has crossed out the "and Scriveners" line on the title-page and added "conveyancers," similarly altering the title at the head of the first chapter. Two instances of early inked annotations in outer margins and one additional text supplied in an early hand at the bottom of the last text page; one phrase lined through and a few underlined. Provenance: Front pastedown with bookplate of Eric Poole, almost certainly the law professor who published English Property Law. 4to (22.5 cm, 8.9"). Add. engr. t.-p., [8], 664, [16 (index)] pp. ESTC R205341; Wing (rev. ed.) C5633; Sweet & Maxwell 480. 19th-century half vellum and marbled paper?covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label and gilt-ruled raised bands; paper slightly faded and rubbed, back cover with paper repaired along spine and marbling pattern painted ( with impressive care) onto repair. Pages age-toned, with portions notably darkened and spotted; first and last sections with edges tattered, pinhole wormwork or slim tracking in lower margin of most leaves, and one leaf with short tear from upper margin touching header. Front pastedown with bookplate as above. Bookseller Inventory # 34732

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Title: The compleat clark, and scriveners guide. ...

Publisher: Pr. by T.R. for H. Twyford, N. Brookes, J. Place, & R. Wingate, London

Publication Date: 1655

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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