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MS. 41 Law Lectures: Objects of Law lectures 10 - 13

(old shelfmarks **A.41, K. VI. 33) 

Author:Thomas Bever (1725 – 1791)
Date:18th c., c. 1764 (see Notes)
Material:Paper. Watermarks (in gutter or cut off at top); crown (possibly crowned shield with fleur-de-lys as Trinity Hall MSS 23, 39); GR
Physical Description:115 folios (foliated i, 1 – 113, ii) 253 x 185 (ca. 224 – 230 x 154 – 159) mm, 19 – 24 long lines, ruled in ink (inner margin only), 5 leaves lost between fols. 113 – ii
Rubric:(Title) Lecture 10th. Objects of Law
Incipit:We are now to consider man placed by virtue of his own Act in conection with a family
2o folio:This notion
Explicit:These services first arose from the vicinity of one mans estate to anothers when property began to be ascertained.
Contents:Fols. 1r – 113r, Law Lectures: Objects of Law, Lectures 10 - 13
Script:Good cursive mixed hand
Provenance:‘J. Coxe Hippisley, Hertford College, Oxford’, 18th c. (inscription of John Coxe Hippisley (1746-1825), fol. i recto); 19th century Trinity Hall bookplate inside upper cover.
Binding:18th c., reversed brown leather over paste boards, blind-tooled edge design, traces of old title on spine, (BEVER CIVIL LAW) edges speckled red; endbands lost

Written on rectos only. Occasional corrections and notes. This MS appears to be a copy of part of a series of lectures by Thomas Bever (1725 – 1791). The final autograph copy of the series is now Oxford, All Souls College, Codrington Library, MS 109. The colophon on fol. 29r of Codrington Library, MS 109 states that ‘The whole has been several times revised and improved, and intirely transcribed from the first copy by my own Hand, T. Bever, July 3, 1764’. Trinity Hall MS 41 is in a contemporary hand, with minor variances in the text, and presumably written by a student who attended Bever’s lectures or studied with him.

An expert opinion on this MS was kindly provided by Prof. Emily Kadens of the University of Texas. Trinity Hall is also grateful to Mrs N. Aubertin-Potter of the Codrington library, All Souls, Oxford, for her assistance.


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