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1650. The First Abridgment of Plowden in English Plowden, Edmund [1518-1585]. H[icks], F[abian], Editor and Translator. [Walter, Sir John [1566-1630], Digestor]. An Exact Abridgment in English, Of the Commentaries, Or Reports of the Learned and Famous Lawyer, Edmond Plowden, An Apprentice of the Common Law. Concerning Diverse Cases and Matters in Law, And the Arguments Thereupon; In the Times of the Reignes of King Edward the Sixth, Queen Mary, King Philip, And Queen Mary, And Queen Elizabeth, With the Exceptions to the Pleadings, And Answers Thereunto; The Resolutions of the Matters in Law, And All Other Principall Matters Arising Upon the Same. By F.H. of the Inner Temple London, Esq. London: Printed by R. White, And T. Roycroft, For Henry Twyford, And Are to be Sold at His Shop in Vine Court in the Middle Temple, 1650. [viii], 232, 62 pp. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, blind frames to boards, blind rules and small early private-library shelf label to spine, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge. Light rubbing, minor worming to front board, shallow slice to rear, front free endpaper and rear endleaves lacking, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield stamp to head of title page. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, brief corrections in early hand to a few leaves. A handsome copy. * First edition, one of two issues from 1650. Thomas Ashe's Abridgment des Touts les Cases Reportes a Large per Plowden (c. 1597) was the first abridgment of Plowden. An Exact Abridgment was the first in English. A second edition was published in 1659. First published in 1571 and covering the period of 1550-1580, Plowden's Reports marks the transition away from the cumulative method of the Year Books to one based on exposition and commentary. In most respects it is a precursor of the modern law report. The Earls of Macclesfield owned one of the finest private libraries in Great Britain. Counting both issues, OCLC locates 11 copies of the first edition in North America, 6 in law libraries (Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue R208982.
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