ID: 22680
A report of the trial at bar, Rowe v. Brenton,

TRIAL: ROWE v. BRENTON,, A report of the trial at bar, Rowe v. Brenton, tried in the Court of King's Bench, Westminster, Michaelmas Term, 9 Geo.IV. as to the right to minerals in the assessional lands of the Duchy of Cornwall, with explanatory notes; and an appendix, containing the records and documents as given in evidence. By George Concanen. London: W. Walker. 1830.

8vo., folding coloured lithographic map (of "Lands showing the situation of Nan Smellyn alias Lamellyn"), xliii + (2) + 334 + (1) + 236 + 8*pp., some general paper browning and scattered foxing, title-page foxed, several near-contemporary ink amendments and emphasis marks, contemporary half calf gilt over marbled boards, neatly rebacked preserving the original gilt spine, a presentation copy inscribed by the compiler ("Mr Wells with Mr. Concanen's compts"), with the 19th century armorial bookplate of John Davies Enys, a further presentation inscription, dated Feb. 1849. (Hardy Wells to William Eagle), and the small inkstamp on the fly-leaf of Cornwall Record Office.

First edition: scarce.

A landmark trial in the long and contentious history of the legal (and constitutional) status of the Duchy of Cornwall, mineral rights of private landowners, the power of the Stannary courts, and, by extension, the whole matter of Cornwall's peculiar semi-separate status within the United Kingdom. The Rowe-Brenton case itself was brought to "try the right to copper ore raised from the East Crinnis mines" at Tewington in Cornwall. * This copy is further enhanced by the addition, at the end of the volume, of A short statement of the case of the late Sir William Clayton, Bart. and his lessees holding an estate at Kennington, under the constitution of the Duchy of Cornwall (8pp. London, 1834). A very rare pamphlet of which we can locate a copy at BL but no other (not in OCLC).