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A learned commendation of the politique lawes of Englande … newly translated into Englishe by Robert Mulcaster
[Imprinted at London in Fletesrete within Temple Barre, at the signe of the hand and starre: by Rychard Tottill [Richard Tottell], 1567. First English edition. [1], 132, [3] ff. English and Latin text in parallel columns. A-R^8. 8vo. 19th-century blind paneled calf to style. First and last few leaves worn at lower corner, title-page lightly soiled, a few leaves cut short. First English edition. [1], 132, [3] ff. English and Latin text in parallel columns. A-R^8. 8vo. The first English translation of Sir John Fortescue's De laudibus legum Angliæ, first published ca. 1543 for the education of Henry VI's son, the Prince of Wales. Fortescue (c.1397-1479) was a jurist and influential Lancastrian propagandist - he recanted his views and saved his neck when Edward IV ascended the throne. "With the possible exception of Sir Thomas More, Fortescue is the English common lawyer who until the days of Coke and Bratton had most to say of importance to a reading public outside his own profession " (ODNB). His De laudibus legum Angliæ is "an exposition of the advantages of English common law over the Roman law of the continent, and contains a uniquely valuable description of the inns of court and the legal profession" (ibid). ESTC S102454
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