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Les Termes de la Ley: Or, Certain Difficult and Obscure Words and..
1708. The First English Law Dictionary [Rastell, John (d. 1536)]. Les Termes de la Ley: Or, Certain Difficult and Obscure Words and Terms of the Common Laws and Statutes of This Realm Now in Use, Expounded and Explained. Now Corrected and Enlarged. With Many Great and Useful Additions Throughout the whole Book, Never Printed in Any Other Impression. London: Printed by Samuel Roycroft and James Rawlins, 1708. [iv], 556 [i.e.598] pp. Parallel Law French and English texts. Octavo (7-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands and recent lettering piece to spine, early repair to head of spine. Light rubbing and a few shallow scuffs, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front hinge cracked. Moderate toning to text, occasional dampspotting, occasional faint dampstaining to margins. $450. * Later edition. Corrected and greatly enlarged with Law French and an English translation in Parallel columns. This edition was translated by his son, William Rastell [1508?-1565]. First published in 1527, originally composed in French, with a Latin title page, Expositiones Terminorum Legum Anglorumae. The first English law dictionary, it "reflects the common law at the close of the year-book period with much fidelity.": Marvin, Legal Bibliography 599. English Short-Title Catalogue T59645.
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