Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Lynch, Colles... 1786. Original calf [hinges starting, some rubbing]. Raised spine bands, gilt-lettered red morocco spine label. Pictorial bookplate of Paul Gurley Merrow on front pastedown. viii, , iv, 372,  ccxxxiii, , pp [complete and as issued, except that in our copy the pages numbered i-iv (third count) have been bound out of order within the Index pages]. Some spotting to the early leaves. Good+
[bound with] Cooke, William: ADDENDA TO THE COMPENDIOUS SYSTEM OF THE BANKRUPT LAWS. Dublin: Printed for Messrs. Lynch, Colles... 1790. , [1 blank], cl pp [as issued. Light uniform toning, Very Good.
This is the first edition of the 'Compendious System.' The 'Addenda' is a bit quirky bibliographically. ESTC records only ADDENDA TO THE FIRST EDITION OF A COMPENDIOUS SYSTEM OF THE BANKRUPT LAWS. London: 1789. It does not record this printing. OCLC records a lone holding of our Addenda, at the Library of Congress, whose OCLC entry advises that it "was bound together subsequent to publication" with our first edition of the Compendious System. The author was the son of a jeweller who became a recognized authority on the law of bankruptcy. He served in numerous official positions and was appointed a King's Counsel in recognition of his achievements.
Paul Gurley Merrow, whose distinctive bookplate can be viewed at the web site of the University of Delaware Library, grew up in Hartford and graduated from Yale. He was evidently an enthusiastic book collector whose bookplate is described on several online sites.
ESTC T224310. OCLC 247367270 [1- as of February 2015]. Item #31835