Important Early Research into English Legal History Herne, Thomas [1678-1735], Editor. A Collection of Curious Discourses Written by Eminent Antiquaries Upon Several Heads in Our English Antiquities. Together with Mr. Thomas Hearne's Preface and Appendix to the Former Edition. To Which are Added a Great Number of Antiquary Discourses Written by the Same Authors. Most of Them Now First Published from the Original Manuscripts. With an Account of the Lives and Writings of the Original Society of Antiquarians. London: Printed for T. Evans, 1773. Two volumes. lxxi, viii, [vi], 354; [viii], 449,  pp. Preface in Volume I misbound before main text. Volume I has folding copperplate frontispiece of Edward the Confessor's Chapel, a plate listing abbreviations in the Domesday Book and a few woodcut text illustrations. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5"). Later tree calf, gilt fillets to boards, gilt spine with lettering pieces, joints discreetly reinforced, speckled edges, marbled endpapers. Some rubbing to extremities with some wear to spine ends, joints and corners, bookplate of John Sparrow to front pastedown of each volume. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places in each volume. A handsome set with an interesting association. $450. * Third edition. First published in 1720, these two volumes collect research papers, discourses and other writings by members of the first Society of Antiquaries, which was formed in the late sixteenth century. (Blackstone was a member.) Several concern the Inns of Court and Chancery and other legal subjects. In all, it is a fine digest of the first generation of English legal antiquarian scholarship. Sparrow [1905-1992], a barrister, essayist and Warden of All Souls College, Oxford, was one of the greatest English bibliophiles of the twentieth century. English Short-Title Catalogue N27361.
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