The Court of Chancery; its inherent defects, as exhibited in its system of procedure and of fees; with suggestions for a remedy. Also an appendix, containing extracts from evidence taken before the select committee on fees.

William Challinor
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Second edition. London: Stevens and Norton, 26, Bell Yard. 1849.
SKU: 18798

8vo. 56 pages followed by blank leaf. Unbound: stitched as issued. A good copy, although somewhat grubby and with some wear, sl. chipping and creasing and a few closed tears. No copy of this important item is in the British Library, its absence being supplied by a microfilm of the copy in the library of the London School of Economics. Challinor, a Leek solicitor, had sent Dickens a copy of the first edition on the appearance of the first instalment of Bleak House, and its description of the Chancery suit between members of the Cook family of Onecote Lane, End Farm, directly inspired the Gridley case in chapter 15 of the novel. This second edition is much expanded from the twenty-two pages of the first, which was published in the same year as the work of 'a solicitor'. This edition has a new dedication to Joseph Hume, 'who had been pleased to take some interest' in the first. The appendix, with extensive and pertinent extracts in small type, covers the last fifteen pages. With additional copy from which long passages (mainly from the Appendix) have been cut out, perhaps because they concerned the emoluments of Chancery staff, but possibly also to inform another party on such information. Two items,