Interleaved Copy of the Book of Assizes Abridged, Beale R53 [Callow, William, Sir (fl. 1555), Attributed]. The Abridgement of the Boke of Assises, Lately P[er]used Over & Corrected, & Nowe Newlye Imprynted by Rycharde Tottle, Ye Laste Daye of Septe[m]ber. An. Do. 1555. [London: Imprinted...in Fletestrete Within Temple Barre, At the Signe of the Hand & Starre, By Richard Tottel, (1555)]. [i], 8-165,  ff. Interleaved. Lacking ff. 2-7. Title page present. Octavo (5-1/4" x 3-1/2"). Disbound, contemporary front and rear boards present but worn, front board split in half. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Moderate toning to text, considerable chipping to margins of title page and final few leaves with no loss to text. About 10% the interleaves have brief contemporary annotations in a miniscule court hand. Ex-library, with stamp to head of text block, a few annotations in pencil to verso of title page. Housed in recent cloth clamshell box with calf spine label. $750. * Second edition. Text in Law-French. With a table. The Book of Assizes is a selection of reports from the Year Books covering regnal years 1-50 of Edward III (1327-77). The contents are arranged alphabetically by topic. "The Book of Assizes (...) is of great authority in law; and so called because it principally contains proceedings upon Writs of Assize of Novel Disseisin, which in those days was festinum et freems renaedium. 'Tis often quoted and referred to by most of our ancient writers. (...) The questions are here discussed with more precision and clearness, and they contain more of those points of law that have survived to the present times. In regard to precision and clearness, all the reports of this reign excel those of the preceding; but the merit of these [reports] is of a peculiar kind, and has a very different appearance from what has in later times been considered as excellent in this way" (Rastell). Most of the annotations appear to be citations to cases in the Year Books. OCLC locates 5 copies, the English Short-Title Catalogue locates 6 in the British Isles, 6 in North America and 1 in Australia. Rastell, John, Preface to London, 1679, Livre des Assises et Pleas del' Corone cited in Marvin, Legal Bibliography 754. English Short-Title Catalogue S101227.
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