Appealing Copy of Staunford's Plees and Kinges Prerogative Staunford, Sir William [1509-1558]. Les Plees del Coron, Divisees in Plusors Titles & Comon Lieux. Per Queux Home Plus Redement & Plenairement Trovera Quelque Chose quil Quira, Touchant les Dits Plees. Dernierment Corrigee Avecques un Table Parfaicte des Choses Notables Contenues en Ycelle, Nouvelment Revue et Corrigee. [London]: In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli, 1574. [xiv], 198 ff. [Bound with] Staunford, Sir William. An Exposition of the Kinges Prerogative Collected Out of the Great Abridgement of Iustice Fitzherbert And Other Olde Writers of the Lawes of Englande. Whereunto is Annexed the Proces to the Same Prerogative Appertaining. [London: Imprynted...in Flete Strete Within Temple Barre...By Rychard Tottel, 1568]. [i], 85 ff. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind frames to boards, corners mended, rebacked, raised bands and lettering pieces to spine, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to extremities, minor chipping to spine ends, front joint cracked, rear joint starting, cracks in text block before title page and after final index leaf. Title page of Plees printed within large woodcut architectural border, woodcut decorated initials to both works. Minor toning, light soiling to title pages. Later owner signature (of Wm. H. Stillingfleet, 1797) to front endleaf, notes in sixteenth and eighteenth-century hands in a few places, some affected by trimming with negligible loss. A nice copy. $1,750. * Later editions. First published in 1557, Staunford's Plees is considered a "principal book" by Pollock and Maitland, one that enables us "to trace our modern laws of crimes, from the later middle ages onwards." Based on Bracton and the Year Books, Staunford's treatise is divided into three parts. The first treats offences, the second treats jurisdiction, appeals, indictments, and defenses. The third addresses trials and convictions. Plees was written after Staunford was appointed judge of the common pleas in 1554. Exposition of the Kinges Prerogative was first published in 1567. It addresses discretionary rights enjoyed by the monarchy in foreign policy, domestic affairs, legal and governmental administration, religion and economic matters. P.
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