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Coke, Edward
The first part of the institutes of the laws of England.
London: Society of Stationers, 1628. Coke, Edward (1552-1634). The first part of the institutes of the lawes of England. Or, a commentarie upon Littleton, not the name of a lawyer onely, but of the law it selfe. Folio. [7], 395, [2, errata]. Second leaf of errata in photostat laid in.. Engraved frontispiece portrait of Judge Littleton, folding table of consanguinity. Title within fine engraved ornamental border, woodcut chapter headings and woodcut initials throughout. London: for the Societie of Stationers, 1628. Bound with: A table to the first part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England, digested into alphabeticall order and method. [London: M. Flesher, J. Haviland and R. Young], 1630. [32]ff. Together 2 works. 293 x 194 mm. Later calf, rebacked, light wear along hinges and at lower corners. Moderate toning and spotting, fore-edges somewhat frayed, folding plate repaired at an early date, worming affecting leaves F2-Q2 of the Table to the First Part of the Institutes. Early owner's name on title; marginal annotations in an early hand throughout. Bookplate removed from inside front cover.First Edition of the first and most famous part of Coke's Institutes. Printing & the Mind of Man 126. During his fifty-year career in the law, Coke made a name for himself defending the supreme authority of common law against encroachments by the state or the church. As a Member of Parliament, Coke led the House of Commons in its fight to insure freedom of parliamentary discussion, and helped to draft the 1629 Petition of Right, a forerunner of both the English and American Bills of Ri … [Click Below for Full Description]
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