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COWELL, John
The interpreter: or book containing The signification of words. Wherein is set forth the true meaning of all, or the most part of such words and terms as are mentioned in the Law-Writers, or Statutes of this victorious and renowned Kingdom, requiring any Exposition or Interpretation. A Work not only profitable, but necessary for such as desire throughly to be instructed in the knowledge of our Laws, Statutes, or other Antiquities
London: Printed by F. Leach, and are to be sold by Hen. Twyford, Tho. Dring, and Jo. Place, 1658. London: Printed by F. Leach, and are to be sold by Hen. Twyford, Tho. Dring, and Jo. Place, 1658. [284]pp. Contemporary blind-ruled calf. Rubbed, surface loss, marking, and damp-staining to boards, very small worm-holes to top compartment of spine. Front and rear pastedowns sprung, very occasional light browning and dust-soiling. Civil lawyer John Cowell's (1554-1611) most well-known and controversial publication, a legal dictionary providing definitions of terms found within contemporary English law. Upon first being printed in 1607, several of Cowell's definitions proved divisive, seeming to demonstrate sympathies towards royal absolutism - a view which caused outrage in the parliament of 1610. Members argued that Cowell's arguments differed little from the imperial laws of the Roman empire, and common lawyers objected to the defence of the jurisdiction of the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts. As such many attempts were made to suppress the work, yet despite these efforts The Interpreter endured, primarily due to it's utility as a reference for legal practitioners; as such it was reprinted on 11 occasions during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. ESTC R31653, Wing C6644.. Folio.
Bookseller: Antiquates Ltd - ABA, ILAB [Wareham, Dorset, United Kingdom]

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