ILLEGITIMACY AND THE LAW

ID: 20531
£150.00
A report of the case of Horner against Liddiard, upon the question of what consent is necessary to the marriage of illegitimate minors;

TRIAL: HORNER v. LIDDIARD,, A report of the case of Horner against Liddiard, upon the question of what consent is necessary to the marriage of illegitimate minors; determined, on the 24th May 1799, in the Consistorial Court of London, by the Right Honourable Sir William Scott, Chancellor of the Diocese: with an introductory essay upon the theory and the history of laws relating to illegitimate children, and to the encouragement of marriage in general. By Alexander Croke. London: printed by A. Strahan ... for J. Butterworth. 1800.

8vo., (4) + viii + 189 + (3)pp., including the final advertisement leaf, tiny hole in C8 just touching a couple of letters, recently well bound in cloth lettered in gilt, a very good copy sometime in the library of Dr. Peter Laslett of Trinity College, Cambridge, with his ownership label on blank margin of title.

First edition: uncommon. Sweet & Maxwell I, p.498 #7.

This was the essay that brought Alexander Croke into public notice. After taking various law degrees at Oxford he had been admitted a member of the college of Advocates in November 1797. Sir William Scott (afterwards Lord Stowell), who had got to know Croke at Oxford, employed him to report the Horner v Liddiard illegitimacy case. This Croke did, adding a substantial essay on the treatment of illegitimacy in Europe since ancient times. Croke went on to be a judge in the vice-admiralty court in Nova Scotia and was knighted in 1816.