Williamsburg: Alexander Purdie and John Dixon, 1774. , 353,  pages. Scattered light to moderate foxing. Original calf [rubbed, boards detached but rehinged with tape internally], gilt lettered red morocco spine label. Contemporary owner signature and inscriptions. Good+.
The Preface asserts the necessity "in this Colony" for this Treatise. "There is no Book on this Subject in Being, properly adapted to our Laws and Constitution, except Mr. George Webb's Justice, which was published in 1736, and must necessarily be deficient in many Instances, on Account of the Repeal of a great Number of our Acts of Assembly, and the Addition of others since that Time." The book was printed by the publishers of the Virginia Gazette. "The author was probably Richard Starke whose death was announced in the Virginia Gazette for July 30, 1772, and who was attorney at law and clerk to two committees of the House of Burgesses. According to the preface of the book, the author died before the work was completed, and it was continued by 'some benevolent Gentlemen of the Law ... for the Benefit of a numerous and distressed family'.' [Sabin]
The subjects are discussed in alphabetical order, from Accessory to Wrecks. Pages 325-330 are a Slave code. "The Authority of Masters over Slaves, though not absolute, is yet extensive." The Law treats them generally as "personal Estate, in almost every Case." Pages 129-132 treat the subject of religious Dissenters.
Sabin 90521. Evans 13637. Cohen 8484. Item #37144