A Treatise on the Statute of Limitations. BARRON FIELD, William BALLANTINE.
A Treatise on the Statute of Limitations.
A Treatise on the Statute of Limitations.

A Treatise on the Statute of Limitations.

London: Printed for J. Butterworth, 1810.

Octavo, with armorial bookplate of Barron Field; contemporary calf binding with elegant blind tooling.

From the library of Barron Field

From the library of Barron Field with his bookplate.

From the library of Barron Field with his bookplate.
A significant contemporary legal text and pleasing association copy from the library of one of Australia's first civilian judges, first magistrate of the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land and Australia's first published poet. William Ballantine, Barrister and member of the Temple Bar published this definitive text in 1810, and it would have been a significant and useful work in Field's legal library, at a time when he was working on his important Analysis of Blackstone's Commentaries (London, 1811).
In May 1816 was appointed to replace J. H. Bent as judge of the Supreme Court of Civil Judicature in New South Wales. He reached Sydney next February with his newly-wedded wife Jane in the exclusively female convict transport Lord Melville. He went on to an influential career, and was heavily involved with many benevolent societies. He left Australia for England in 1824, and was later appointed to a position in Gibraltar.
Barron Field's knowledge of legislative precedent and procedure allowed him to clarify thorny and ambiguous legal issues in the fledgling colony, especially those relating to the emancipation of convicts. He earnt considerable hostility for curbing the legal rights of emancipated convicts to own land, sue the Court of Justice, and give evidence at trial. A Treatise on the Statute of Limitations primarily concerns property law, with chapters on writs for asserting the right to claim property, right of entry, torts etc: issues of critical importance in the early years of the colony where ambiguity existed in the the sale and division of land.

Price (AUD): $1,150.00  other currencies     Ref: #2808740

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