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Leges Anglo-Saxonicae Ecclesiasticae & Civiles. Accedunt Leges.
1721 - Impressive Compilation of Early English Laws Based on Spelman's Codex Legum Veterum Wilkins, David [1685-1745]. Spelman, Henry [1564?-1641]. Leges Anglo-Saxonicae Ecclesiasticae & Civiles. Accedunt Leges Edvardi Latinae, Guilielmi Conquestoris Gallo-Normannicae, Et Henrici I. Latinae. Subjungitur Domini Henr. Spelmanni Codex Legum Veterum Statutorum Regni Angliae, Quae ab Ingressu Guilielmi I. Usque ad Annum Nonum Henr. III. Edita Sunt. Toti Operi Praemittitur Dissertatio Epistolaris Admodum Reverendi Domini Guilielmi Nicolsoni. London: Typis Guil. Bowyer, Impensis R. Gosling, 1721. [xii], xxiv, 434, [18] pp. Main text in parallel columns. Lacking 4 pp. subscriber list. Folio (15-1/4" x 9-1/2"). Recent period-style paneled calf, lettering piece and gilt-edged raised bands to spine, endpapers renewed. A few minor nicks and scratches, light browning and occasional light foxing to text, faint dampstaining to margins in places, light soiling to a few leaves, early owner signatures to title page. A handsomely bound copy of a scarce title. $500. * Only edition, one of 500 copies in this format. (63 copies were printed in smaller formats.) Research into Anglo-Saxon legal sources began in the seventeenth century with the work of William Lambard, William Somner and Henry Spelman. Their work was the foundation for the work of George Hicks, Robert Kelham and David Wilkins in the eighteenth century. A professor of Arabic at Cambridge University and librarian to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Wilkins was the most distinguished member of this trio. Leges Anglo-Saxonicae, which incorporates Spelman's Codex Legum Veterum, includes the collections of Anglo-Saxon customs that were made after the Conquest: the laws of Edward the Confessor, the laws of William I and the Leges Henrici Primi. According to the ESTC, "Printed by William Bowyer; his records show three sizes of paper used (demy, 500 copies; royal, 50; writing royal, 13)." Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:403. English Short-Title Catalogue T138842. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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