"Nobilitie of the Realme" [Bird, William]. A Treatise of the Nobilitie of the Realme. Collected Out of the Body of the Common Law, With Mention of Such Statutes as are Incident Hereunto, Upon a Debate of the Barony of Aburgavenny. With a Table of the Heads Contained in this Treatise. London: Printed by A.N. for Mathew Walbanke and Richard Best, 1642. [iv], 157,  pp. Woodcut illustrations (genealogical tables). Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules and fillets to boards, gilt-edged raised bands, blind ornaments and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Title page and text printed within ruled borders. Light browning to text, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampspotting, some edgewear to title page and a few other leaves, internally clean. $250. * Only edition. The occasion for this treatise was a contemporary controversy regarding the legitimacy of Edward Nevill's claim to the title of Lord Bergavenny. His claim is the starting point for a general review of peerage law. Another edition, with additions by Sir John Doddridge, was published later in 1642 as The Magazine of Honour; Or, A Treatise of the Severall Degrees of the Nobility of this Kingdome. Both editions are scarce. OCLC locates 8 copies of Treatise in North American law libraries (Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Library of Congress, Ohio State, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania, York University). English Short-Title Catalogue R18509.
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