Heavily Annotated Copy of a Work Highly Esteemed by Coke and Blackstone Fitzherbert, Anthony [1470-1538]. Rastell, William [1508?-1565]. La Nouvelle Natura Breuiu[m] du Iudge Tresreverende Monsieur Anthonie Fitzherbert, Dernierement Renue & Corrige per Laucteur, Avecques un Table Perfaicte des Choses Notables Contenues en Ycelle, Novelment Co[m]posee per Guilliaumle Rastell, & Iammais per Cydeuaunt Imprimee. London: In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli, 1553 [i.e. 1560 colophon]. [xxxii] of [xxxiii], 271,  ff. The missing leaf is a blank, collation otherwise complete. Octavo (6-1/4" x 4-1/4"). Nineteenth-century paneled calf, dentelles to board edges and interior, rebacked retaining earlier spine, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, edges rouged, marbled pastedowns, free endpapers lacking (or never present). Moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends, hinges cracked, armorial bookplate to rear pastedown. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Some toning to interior, very faint dampstaining to portions of text, dampspotting to a few leaves, light soiling and some edgewear to title page. Extensive annotations in early court hand to endleaves, title page and most of text. An appealing wide-margined copy. $3,000. * First published in 1534, the Nouvelle Natura Brevium is a manual of procedure written by a Judge of the Common Pleas during the reign of Henry VIII. Winfield notes that "Coke put it among the books which he considered most necessary and of greatest authority and excellency"; Blackstone considered it an authority as well. Compiled from the earlier Natura Brevia and the Registrum Brevium, it includes several original observations on the form and function of writs. Rastell's revisions include the addition of a table. A popular work, it went through numerous editions in Law French and English, the final appearing in 1794. It remains significant to this day for its descriptions of writs that were becoming obsolete in the early sixteenth century. Some of the annotations in our copy offer commentary or cite passages in other treatises, such as Lambard's Eirenarcha. A few combine references to cases, commentary and a treatise citation. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 303. English Short-Title Cata.
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