Best Edition of Howell's State Trials [Trials]. Howell, T[homas] B[ayly] [1768-1815], Compiler. [Cobbett, William (1763-1835)], Compiler. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to 1783, With Notes and Other Illustrations. Including, in Addition to the Whole of the Matter Contained in the Folio Edition of Hargrave, Upwards of Two Hundred Cases Never Before Collected; To Which is Subjoined a Table of Parallel Reference, Rendering This Edition Applicable to Those Books of Authority in Which References Are Made in the Folio Edition. [With] Howell, Thomas Jones [1793-1858], Compiler. A Complete Collection of State Trials...Continued From the Year 1783 to the Present Time. [And] Jardine, David [1794-1860], Compiler. General Index to the Collection of State Trials. London: T.C. Hansard for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown [et. al.], 1814-1828. Thirty-four volumes. Complete set. Octavo (9-1/2" x 6"). Later buckram, red and black lettering pieces to spines. Moderate shelfwear and soiling, heavier soiling to some volumes, chipping to spine labels. Light browning and occasional foxing and light dampstaining, a few volumes have loose or detached leaves, all with some edgewear, bookplates (of binder) to front pastedowns. Ex-library. Location labels and owner labels to spines, stamps to edges and preliminaries. A solid set. $750. * Fifth and final edition. This edition is considered the best. Holdsworth, for one, considers it "an invaluable collection of nearly all the important criminal trials and constitutional cases, and of some important civil cases, which have some bearing upon public law." As indicated by the title, it incorporates Francis Hargrave's Collection of State Trials (fourth edition), an eleven-volume collection published between 1776 and 1781. The majority of the cases are from the King's Bench, and many are not reported elsewhere. The coverage is chronological from Thomas Becket in 1163 through 1820. According to Sweet & Maxwell and the Harvard Law Catalogue, the first twelve volumes were compiled by William Cobbett. They seem to have drawn this conclusion because Cobbett's name appears on the title pages of early printings. Wallace disputes this claim. He believes that Cobbe.
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