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. * Natura Brevia are books containing writs with descriptive commentary. They were indispensible handbooks for lawyers and clerks. This edition stands apart from the numerous editions produced during the sixteenth century because it was printed by Richard Totell [fl. 1553-1594]. Totell was an important London printer who owned the patent for many common law books. Walker, Oxford History of Law 867. English Short-Title Catalogue S113106. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books T97.
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