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Les Termes de la Ley: Or, Certain Difficult and Obscure Words and.
1721 - Last and Best Edition of 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 and Statute Laws of This Realm, Now in Use, Expounded and Explained. Corrected and Enlarged, With the Addition of Many Other Words; Particularly of Those Introduced into the Statute Law of Great Britain, Never Printed in Any Other Impression. [London]: Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling, 1721. [iv], 592 pp. French and English texts in parallel columns. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style 2ith raised bands and lettering piece, rear endleaves renewed. A few shallow scuffs to boards, light rubbing to board edges, corners bumped, front hinge partially cracked. Title printed within ruled border. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, small chips to margins of a few leaves with no loss to text, upper margin of title page neatly removed along ruled border, light soiling and early owner signature to recto, later annotations to verso, two other signatures to head of following leaf. A nice copy. $450. * Last and best 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 T130235. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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