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Littleton, Sir Thomas
Littletons Tenures in English, Lately Perused and Amended.
1616. London, 1616. ESTC S895. Littleton's Tenures in English Littleton, Sir Thomas [1402-1481]. Littletons Tenures in English, Lately Perused and Amended. London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1616. 142, [2] ff. Octavo (5-1/4" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and later lettering piece to spine, endpapers recently renewed. A few minor nicks to boards, moderate wear to extremities at corners, which are bumped, two tiny worm holes to foot of spine, hinges starting. Moderate toning and occasional (very) faint dampstaining to text, light soiling to title page. An attractive copy. $500. * Later edition. Written during the reign of Edward IV [1442-1483] and first published around 1481, Littleton's Tenures is probably the most revered treatise in the history of the common law. Much admired for its learning and style, it is concerned with tenures and other issues relating to real property. This venerable work, which Coke called "the ornament of the Common Law, and the most perfect and absolute work that ever was written in any humane science," is considered a landmark because it renounced the principles of Roman law (and Latin) in favor of guidelines and doctrines drawn from the Year Books and, when necessary, hypothetical cases. The first dated English translation was published in 1538. OCLC locates 4 copies of the 1616 edition in law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, University of Virginia). Holdsworth, A History of English Law II:573. English Short-Title Catalogue S895.
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