An Interesting Perspective on Early-Modern England Lambard(e), William [1536-1601]. Eirenarcha, Or of the Office of the Iustices of Peace, In Foure Bookes: Revised, Corrected, And Enlarged, In the Eighth Yeere of the Peaceable Raigne of Our Most Gracious King Iames. London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1619. [ii], 634,  pp. [Bound with] Lambard(e), William. The Duties of Constables, Borsholders, Tythingmen, And such Other Low and Lay Ministers of the Peace. Whereunto be Adjoyned the Severall Offices of Church Ministers and Churchwardens, And Overseers for the Poore, Surveyors of the High-Waies, And Distributors of the Provision Against Noysome Fowle and Vermine. London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1619. 94 pp. Last leaf, a blank, lacking. Octavo (6-1/4" x 4"). Contemporary calf with later rebacking, blind rules to boards, raised bands, gilt ornament and lettering piece to spine, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and some gatoring to boards, edges rubbed with some wear, corners bumped and somewhat worn, early armorial bookplate (of James Burrow) to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, minor chips to edges of a few leaves, a few just touching text, a few side-notes in Duties affected slightly by trimming. Tick marks in pencil to some leaves, interior otherwise clean. $950. * Later editions. Lambard, or Lambarde, a barrister and legal historian, was the keeper of records at the Rolls Chapel and the Tower of London. First published in 1581, Eirenarcha is esteemed for its comprehensive and systematic account of local legal and political life. It was the standard authority for many years and often reprinted. Like many books of its kind, Eirenarcha offers fascinating insights into the society that produced it. This is evident in the detailed indictments for such offenses as murder via witchcraft, raping a child or maid (the age of distinction was ten), hearing a Catholic Mass, practicing usury and operating a bowling alley. A companion work first published in 1582, The Duties of Constables concerns the duties of other lay officers. Taken together, these books offer an interesting perspective on early-modern England. English Short-Title Catalogue S1082.
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