An Early Guide to Plowden's Reports Plowden, Edmund [1518-1585]. A[she], T[homas] [fl. 1599-1618]. Abridgement des Touts les Cases Reportes Alarge per Mounsieur Plowden, Ouesque les Exceptions al Pleadings, & Leur Responses, Les Resolutions des Matters in Ley, & Touts Auters Principal Matters Surdants sur les Arguments de Mesmes. Composee & Digest per T.A. London: Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Company of Stationers, 1607. 91,  ff. Table. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-1/2"). Recent flexible vellum, calf lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Title printed within typographical border. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to lower margins of rear third of text block, light browning and some edgewear to preliminaries. Three (indecipherable) eighteenth-century signatures in miniscule hands to title page, brief early annotations and marks to margins of a few leaves. A nice copy. $650. * Second edition. Published around 1597, Ashe's was the first abridgment of Plowden. Well received, it had a second edition in 1607 and was reissued in an English translation in 1650. First published in 1571 and covering the period of 1550-1580, Plowden's Reports marks the transition away from the cumulative method of the Year Books to one based on exposition and commentary. In most respects it is a precursor of the modern reporter. English Short-Title Catalogue S114927.
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