Davies's Reports Davies, Sir John [1569-1626]. Le Primer Report des Cases et Matters en Ley Resolues & Adiudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland. Collect & Digest per Sr. Iohn Dauys Chivaler, Atturney Generall del Roy en Cest Realme. London: Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Company of Stationers, 1628. , 84, 84-99 ff. Complete as issued. Folio (11" x 6-3/4"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, rebacked in period-style calf, raised bands, lettering piece and blind ornaments to spine, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block, hinges mended. A few shallow scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped. Large woodcut devices to title page, woodcut head-pieces and decorated initials. Moderate toning to text, small chip to fore-edge of fol. 68, small early owner signature to foot of title page. A handsome copy. $1,000. * Second edition (and the first published in England). Davies, or Davys, was a highly respected lawyer, judge, statesman and man of letters. First issued in Dublin in 1615, Davies's Reports covers cases from 1604 to 1612. No other volumes were issued. Selected "principally for the use and benefit of our practisers here in Ireland," it soon became an oft-cited authority in England; It was praised by Willes, Lee and Lords Kenyon and Tindal. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:299 (42). English Short-Title Catalogue S123364.
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