Two Classic Works on the English Law of Real Property [Littleton, Sir Thomas (1402-1481)]. Les Tenures de Monsieur Littleton: Ouesque Certeine Cases Addes per Auters de Puisne Temps, Queux Cases vous Troveres Signes Ouesque Cest Signe * Al Commencement, & Al Fine de Chescun de Eux: Au Fine Que ne Poies eux Misprender pur les Cases de Mounsieur Littleton; Pur Quel Inconvenience, Ils Fueront Dernierment Tolles de Cest Lieur; Et Cy vn Foits Pluis Admotes al Request des Gentlehomes, Students en le Ley Dengleterre. London: Imprinted [by A. Islip?] for the Company of Stationers, 1608. , 170,  ff. [Bound with] Perkins, John [d. 1545]. A Profitable Booke of Master Iohn Perkins, Fellow of the Inner Temple. Treating of the Laws of England. London: Printed [by Adam Islip?] for the Company of Stationers, 1609. [xxiv], 168 ff. Octavo (4-1/2" x 2-1/2"). Contemporary calf, gilt rules to boards, gilt fillets to spines, fragments of thong ties. Moderate rubbing to spine and extremities with some wear to corners, light scuffing to boards, a few tiny wormholes to spine, pastedowns loose, a few partial cracks to text block, wormhole from preliminaries through first third of text with no loss to legibility, final two signatures of A Profitable Booke a bit loose and slightly edgeworn, edges trimmed closely occasionally touching side-notes (with no loss to legibility). Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, internally clean. $1,500. * Later editions. This volume collects two classic English treatises on the law of real property. Written during the reign of Edward IV [1442-1483] and first published around 1481, Littleton's Tenures is probably the most revered treatise in the history of the common law. Much admired for its learning and style, it is concerned with tenures and other issues relating to real property. This venerable work, which Coke called "the ornament of the Common Law, and the most perfect and absolute work that ever was written in any humane science," is a considered a landmark because it renounced the principles of Roman law (and Latin) in favor of a set of guidelines and doctrines drawn from the Year Books, and when necessary, hypothetical cases. A popular work during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries that was held in high regard.
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