1584 Tottel Edition of the Old Natura Brevium [Natura Brevium]. La Vieux Natura Brevium, Dernierment Corrigee et Amend', &c. Nouelment Imprimee. London: In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli, 1584. 180,  ff. Collates complete. 12mo. (5-3/4" x 4"). Contemporary calf, blind-stamped insignia and monogram "WC," and later blind stamp "SC" to upper corner, raised bands. Moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to spine ends and corners, front hinge starting. Occasional light dampstaining. Despite these minor impediments, a well-preserved, highly desirable copy in its original state. $1,500. A cornerstone of the common law, the Natura Brevium is a selection of writs, with commentary, based on the Registrum Brevium dating from the reign of Edward III. The first printed edition of this work was published in 1494 by Richard Pynson. English Short-Title Catalogue S113106. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books T97.
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