NEALE, Edward Vansittart.

Feasts and Fasts:

An Essay on the Rise, Progress, and Present State of the Laws Relating to Sundays and other Holidays, and Days of Fasting; with Notices of the Origin of those Days, and of the Sittings and Vacations of the Courts.

London: John Murray, 1845 Stock Code: 146001
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First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on the title page, "With the author's affectionate regards". Neale (1810-1892) was a barrister and Christian Socialist, who in this work offers an account of how religious observances have been enshrined in law over time.

The recipient, John Scott, 2nd Earl of Eldon (1805-1854), was the author's stepson; his bookplate and ownership inscription, dated 25 April 1845, are on the front free endpaper verso. Scott was the grandson of the 1st Earl, the Lord Chancellor Eldon (1751-1838), who was parodied by Dickens as the procrastinating judge in Bleak House's Jarndyce v. Jarndyce. Lord Eldon was one of the ten Chancellors who sat on the Jennens v. Jennens inheritance case that dragged on for over 100 years.

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Description

Octavo. Original blue cloth by Remnant & Edmonds, spine lettered in gilt, spine and covers blocked in blind, yellow endpapers, edges untrimmed.

Illustrations

Folding table at rear.

Condition

Small burn mark to front cover affecting first few pages, contents clean. A very good, bright copy.

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