A Treatise of the Law Relative to the Rights of Lien and Stoppage in Transitu. Richard WHITAKER.
A Treatise of the Law Relative to the Rights of Lien and Stoppage in Transitu.
A Treatise of the Law Relative to the Rights of Lien and Stoppage in Transitu.

A Treatise of the Law Relative to the Rights of Lien and Stoppage in Transitu.

London: W. Clarke and Sons, 1812.

Octavo, very good in full calf.

Handsome legal volume from the library of Barron Field

A significant work on English law from the library of Barron Field, with his bookplate. Copies of books known to have been brought to Australia at this time are quite scarce, and much work is being done on trying to reconstruct the early libraries of New South Wales.

A significant work on English law from the library of Barron Field, with his bookplate. Copies of books known to have been brought to Australia at this time are quite scarce, and much work is being done on trying to reconstruct the early libraries of New South Wales.

Field was a magistrate of the Supreme Court of Van Diemen's Land and Australia's first published poet, known to have brought a serious library with him to Australia when he arrived in 1817, among which this fine copy of a contemporary work on "lien" and associated debts in the law would not have been out of place. A pencil note on this copy says that it is "from the Alexander Berry collection, purchased from John Hay by Kenneth R. Stewart in 1956", which plausibly suggests that the book remained in Australia after Field returned to England in 1824.

In May 1816 had been appointed to replace J. H. Bent as judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, arriving on the female convict transport Lord Melville in February the next year. He went on to an influential career, and was heavily involved with many benevolent societies, most nitably publishing his Geographical Memoirs of Australia in 1825.

Provenance: Barron Field, Judge to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1816, with his armorial bookplate.

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