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Les Termes de la Ley, or, Certain Difficult and Obscure Words and..
1671. Blount, Thomas; London, 1671.. Blount, Thomas; London, 1671. With the Addition of "Above One-Hundred" Words by Thomas Blount [Rastell, John (d.1536)]. Rastell, William (1508?-1565). [Blount, Thomas (1618-1679), Editor]. 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. Newly Corrected and Enlarged. With an Addition of Above One Hundred Words. London: Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, and Henry Twyford, Assigns of Richard Atkins and Edward Atkins, 1671. [xvi], 613, [1] pp. Lacking final leaf, a blank. Woodcut frontispiece (royal arms of England). Main text in parallel columns. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter morocco over marbled boards, endpapers renewed. Negligible light rubbing to boards and extremities, crack in text block between front free endpaper and following leaf. Moderate toning to text, headlines of some leaves affected by trimming, a few minor tears and chips to fore-edges with no loss to text, early owner signatures and annotations to endleaves, early owner initials and small later owner stamp to head of title page. $500. * Later edition. With additions by the notable legal lexicographer Thomas Blount, author of the Nomo-Lexikon (1670). English and Law French in parallel columns. First published in 1527 by John Rastell, this was both the first English dictionary and first English law dictionary. It was originally written in Law French with the Latin title Expositiones Terminorum Legum Anglorumae. Later editions were produced by his son, William, who is believed to be the editor or translator. (Some sources claim, erroneously, that William is the author.) Quite popular with students and lawyers due to its clarity and concision, it went through at least twenty-five editions by 1721. A final reissue appeared in 1819. As Marvin observes, it is a useful dictionary because it "reflects the common law at the close of the year-book period with much fidelity.": Legal Bibliography 599. English Short-Title Catalogue R203324.
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