A Treatise on Equity (2 Volume set)
London; 1793 and 1794: Printed By A. Strahan and W/ Woofall for Wheldon and Butterworth. Octavo. Item #029210
In two volumes. Vol. 1: x, (1) pp. notice of the publication of the second volume, 449,  pp. index. Vol. 2: xxiii, 495,  pp, index to cases and a general index, with the addition of marginal references and notes by John Fonblanque. Ballow's legal learning was deep and extensive, and Samuel Johnson attributed his own knowledge of the law chiefly to Ballow's teaching, regarding him as a 'very able man' (Boswell, 2.294). Ballow's legal learning appears to have manifested itself in permanent form in A Treatise upon Equity, published anonymously in 1737, which appeared in 1793-4 with references and substantial notes by John Fonblanque (DNB). The treatise provided, in six short books, a systematic explanation of equity in terms of contract theory. The author regarded the specific enforcement of contracts as the core of equity. Beautifully rebound in full leather, boards trimmed in blind, raised bands, red spine label and volume label gilt, endpapers renewed, owner's name upper corners of title pages. A very handsome set. [ESTC T72190].