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1 An 1861 Court Order for Children to Support Pauper Parents, [together with] Testimony Relating to the Case
Wolf Township, Sycoming County, PA 1861 Very Good 
The documents relate to an area to law that has mostly disappeared, namely, the legal obligation of children towards their parents. The larger of the two documents, both of which relate to the pauperism of the Shavers, gets into the nitty gritty of land ownership and the productivity of the land. Thus this is law that arose in a predominantly agrarian economy, and one in which small town values were at the fore. The documents are both written in long hand, the one with testimony running 12 pages, the order, merely a single leaf. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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2 Murphy's Laws
Spartanburg Kitemaug Press 1984 Limited First Edition Cloth (softcover, linen) Fine 
Statutory pessimism, enshrined in nine irrefutable maxims! No. 114 of 125 copies. 42 by 32 mm. Unpaginated, but each maxim, enumerated with Roman numerals, is given its own page. For those who think Murphy's Law is just "if anything can go wrong, it will" will awaken to these other life lessons or truths. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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3 Spanish Legal Manuscript and Patent of Nobility Regarding the Cordoba Family
Valladolid, Spain 1571 Contemporary Full Calf. Modern buckram cloth chem Good 
Folio. 32 by 21 cm. 46 numbered vellum leaves, 49 vellum leaves in total, plus a few paper blanks front and rear. On an early page is a painting of the elaborate Cordoba family coat-of-arms, within which are several towers and armored figures depicted, and radiating out from are 25 banners. Also containing by our count 84 instances of illuminated lettering, most often a single letter but not infrequently a word or more, almost always in either case enclosed in a box or rectangle with other ornamentation surrounding the letter. The manuscript itself is essentially a record of a lawsuit involving the Cordoba family which brought to recover property improperly seized by the city of Talamanca in the collection of tax. In the suit the Cordobas asserted that on account of their nobility they were exempt from taxation. The family was able to establish their noble status and thereby prevail in the lawsuit. Thus the document is strictly speaking, not a straightforward patent of nobility, which is a document that accompanies an ennoblement or elevation in noble status ab initio but rather a testament to noble status that long predates the document. For many, the primary interest of the document, though, is not its literal contents but rather its age and beauty. As to the latter, there is the writing, the illumination and the illustration. The writing is in a Gothic script then in common use but to the untrained eye, quite inscrutable when it comes to reading it. Few would not recognize its elegance, and here the writing is rendered with a preternaturally neat hand. The full calf binding is certainly early, if not contemporary, with the document. It is decorated with gilt Baroque devices on both the front and back. The front also has the name "Cordoba" impressed in gilt. The binding itself is heavily rubbed and abraded. Ribbon ties but for a tiny remnant are perished. Still, an appropriate and handsome complement to the contents. 18th century endpapers, either from the 1700s or 1800s. The document appears to have once been folded and the vellum is wavy throughout. Some leaves are heavily soiled and dampstained, but never is the text obscured. The modern slipcase and chemise are in fine condition but even with the leather title label on the spine, are nothing more than a good functiional method to preserve the prize within. 
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[Print] "Pleadings at the Bar" or Popular Education -- a Farce, Performed every Sessions.  Dramatis Personae.  Clerk, Jailor, Two Children, etc., etc.
4 [Print] "Pleadings at the Bar" or Popular Education -- a Farce, Performed every Sessions. Dramatis Personae. Clerk, Jailor, Two Children, etc., etc.
Fine 
Satiric hand-colored print depicting two children in court. N.d., early to mid nineteenth century, unsigned. The print is of an irregular shape, with its corners cut diagonally. If square, the print would measure 12 by 13.5 cm., and with mat, 28 by 35.5 cm. 
Price: 95.00 USD
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Colleccão de Principios Geraes para o Estabelecimento, Conservação, e Augmento de Hum Imperio, ou Elogio a’Nação Portugeza, Offerecido a Sua Alteza Real o Senhor D. Pedro de Alcantara Principe Real., da Silva Portilho, João Anastacio de Sousa Pereira
5 da Silva Portilho, João Anastacio de Sousa Pereira Colleccão de Principios Geraes para o Estabelecimento, Conservação, e Augmento de Hum Imperio, ou Elogio a’Nação Portugeza, Offerecido a Sua Alteza Real o Senhor D. Pedro de Alcantara Principe Real.
Rio de Janeiro Na impressão Regia 1817 First Edition Half Morocco. Marbled paper on boards. Near Fine 
Early Brazilian imprint, one justifying the Portuguese monarchy and the political system then in place. Portugal had at that time had relocated its capital to Rio de Janeiro. 8vo. 18.5 by 14 cm. 66 pp. Scarce in actual book form, with only physical copy located at Harvard. Modern red half morocco binding. A few fox marks on fore-edge. A few leaves with wormholing by the hinge, hardly noticeable. Otherwise, fine. 
Price: 550.00 USD
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6 Musser, Joseph W. Celestial or Plural Marriage. A Digest of the Mormon Marriage System as Established by God Through the Prophet Joseph Smith
Salt Lake City Joseph W. Musser 1944 First Edition Wraps Very Good 
4to. 25 by 17 cm. 154 pp. A learned polemic justifying and celebrating polygamy. "Talmudic" in its exhaustiveness. Uncommon title in its original edition. Some minor chipping along the edges of the wraps. Age toning to the leaves. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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