The Pleader's Guide, a Didactic Poem, in Two Books, Containing the Conduct of a Suit at Law, With the Arguments of Counsellor Bother'Um and Counsellor Bore'Um, in an Action betwixt John-a-Gull, and John-a-Gudgeon, for Assault and Battery, at a Late ...

By: Surrebutter, John (John Anstey)

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Full leather with gilt bands on spine. The book appears to have been issued without titles on covers or spine. Edge and corner wear along with light surface wear. Spine has some loss and flaking. Binding is firm though there is some parting at hinges. Front pastedown appears to have been replaced, though not recently. Some interior foxing and light toning. The book is a legal satire written by John Anstey who was a poet and barrister. It was first published in England in 1796, and this is the first American Edition, so stated on the title page. In his History of English Law, Sir William Searle Holdsworth explains that the law of pleading, along with that of procedure, gave rise to a good deal of satiric writing. He considered The Pleader's Guide as among the best of these humorous works and discussed the volume in some detail. The poem is somewhat reminiscent of the Connecticut Wits in America who produced much more general satire on various aspects of American culture around the same time that this work made fun of the Englsih courts.This American Edition of The Pleader's Guide is very scarce. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 81 pages

Title: The Pleader's Guide, a Didactic Poem, in Two Books, Containing the Conduct of a Suit at Law, With the Arguments of Counsellor Bother'Um and Counsellor Bore'Um, in an Action betwixt John-a-Gull, and John-a-Gudgeon, for Assault and Battery, at a Late ...

Author Name: Surrebutter, John (John Anstey)

Categories: English Literature,

Edition: 1st American Edition, Stated; First Printing

Publisher: Philadelphia, Samuel Akerman: 1803

Binding: Hardcover

Seller ID: 15383

Keywords: English Literature British Literature Humor Satire Poetry Legal Law