"The Reports" Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1643]. George Wilson, Editor and Translator. The Reports of Sir Edward Coke, Knt. in English, In Thirteen Parts Complete; With References to All the Ancient and Modern Books of the Law; Exactly Translated and Compared with the First and Last Edition in French, and Printed Page for Page With the Same. To Which Are Now Added the Respective Pleadings, In English. The Whole Newly Revised and Carefully Corrected and Translated with Many Additional Notes and References. Dublin: Printed for J. Moore, 1793. Seven volumes. Each volume has general title-page, and each part has special title- page. Prefaces in Latin and English in parallel columns. Octavo (8" x 5"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules to boards, to boards, raised bands and red and black lettering pieces from previous binding. Moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Light toning to text, somewhat darker in places, internally clean. $3,500. * Reprint of the London edition, 1776-1777. First published at the beginning of the seventeenth century, Coke's Reports are not reports in the conventional sense but highly detailed anthologies of precedents organized according to the cases they consider. In each instance Coke assembled a large body of cases, outlined their arguments, and explained the reasons for the judgment, using it as a basis for a statement of general principles. Taken together, the Reports form the most extensive and detailed treatment of common law pleading that had yet appeared. A work of immense authority, it was often cited as The Reports, there being no need to mention the author's name. The first edition in English, which did not include pleadings, was published in 1658. English Short-Title Catalogue T121183.
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