Philadelphia [PA]: printed and sold by Andrew Bradford, 1722. 18 1/2 cm.; (8), xii, 232 pp. Bound with THE OFFICE, DUTY AND AUTHORITY OF SHERIFFS, HOW AND IN WHAT MANNER TO EXECUTE THE SAME, ACCORDING TO THE COMMON AND STATUTE LAWS OF GREAT-BRITAIN, WHICH ARE NOW IN FORCE AND USE. LIKEWISE, OF UNDER-SHERIFFS AND THEIR DEPUTIES; AND WHERE THE HIGH-SHERIFF SHALL BE ANSWERABLE FOR THEIR DEFAULTS, AND WHERE NOT, &c. TOGETHER WITH THE OFFICE AND DUTY OF CORONERS. [Philadelphia: printed and sold by Andrew Bradford, 1721]. [18 1/2 cm.; (2), 235-299, (1)]. [Separate title page]
Contemporary leather, with raised bands on spine, and tooled border on boards. Front board detached; contemporary ink ownership signature on front board and title page; front & rear pastedowns are taken from an old printed page of English laws. Old staining and toning to text; endpapers lacking; fore-edges of last third of the book wormed, not affecting text. Several irregularities in pagination [but bibliographically correct], A tender copy of a colonial era binding. Item #57672
First published in the colonies in 1711, the "Conductor Generalis" was a manual elucidating the duties of the office of the justices and other legal officials under English Common Law. The printer, Andrew Bradford (1686-1742), was a pioneer colonial printer and newspaper publisher in Philadelphia. His "American Weekly Mercury" was considered the first newspaper printed in Pennsylvania. He was appointed the official "printer to the Province," responsible for printing the colony's laws. [see DAB]
Evans 2327; Cohen, M.L. Bib. of early Amer. law 7955 Sabin 15215.