E. and R. Gosling: (London), 1738. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #21-7231
12.5 x 8", blindstamped and ruled full leather, raised bands, green spine label, (ii), iii, (17), 762, (90pp). Rebacked, recent spine label, covers worn, scuffed/scraped, corners and extremities well worn, some darkened to the leather, replacement endpapers, inner hinges cracked, a few edge tears, scattered foxing and soiling, light creasing and wrinkling else very good condition. Textblock tight. Types of cases covered: adultery, cottages and inmates, deer-stealers, Negroes, pawn-brokers, riots, treason, women and much more. In "Negroes", Smith versus Browne and Cooper. Chief Justice Holt writes "As soon as a Negro comes into England, he becomes free...You should have averred in the Declaration that the Sale of the Negro was in Virginia; and by the Laws of that Country Negroes are saleable...Plaintiff should amend and alter his Declaration...for a Negro sold here at London..."