BURN, Richard & John.
The Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer.
Continued to the Present Time by John Burn. The Seventeenth Edition: Including the Statutes of the last Session of Parliament... to which is added an Appendix, containing the Act respecting Aliens, and such others as have passed in the present Session. In Four Volumes.
A handsomely bound copy of the seventeenth edition. Richard Burn was a JP and clergyman who edited the ninth, tenth and eleventh editions of Blackstone’s Commentaries. His Justice of the Peace and Parish Officer (first published 1755) is his classic work. “It deserved its success. Burn carefully abridged the statutes, and stated the manner in which their clauses had been interpreted by the courts. His treatment of the criminal law was based upon a thorough study of the works of Coke, Hale, and Hawkins” (Holdsworth). “The manual was immediately recognised as authoritative. Sir William Blackstone added a note to his Commentaries on the Laws of England declaring that Burn’s Justice contained ‘every thing relative to this subject, both in ancient and modern practice, collected with great care and accuracy, and disposed in a most clear and judicious method’ (bk 1 c.9 iii [354 (1771)]). The thirtieth and last edition of The Justice was published in 1869” (ODNB).
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4 volumes, octavo (208 130 mm). Contemporary tan calf, black morocco labels, 5 raised bands, patterned roll to boards in blind. Boards rubbed and scuffed, some joints starting, tail of spine to volume I chipped, crack to spine of volume II, titles pages partially tanned from turn-ins. An excellent set.