The First Work Devoted to Laws Relating to Women [Women]. E[dgar], T[homas] [fl. 1615-1649], Attributed. The Lawes Resolutions of Womens Rights: Or, The Lawes Provision for Woemen. A Methodicall Collection of Such Statutes and Customes, With the Cases, Opinions, Arguments and Points of Learning in the Law, As Doe Properly Concerne Women. Together with a Compendious Table, Whereby the Chiefe Matters in This Booke Contained, May Be the More Readily Found. London: Printed by the Assignes of John More, 1632. [xiv], 404 pp. (First leaf in collation, a blank, lacking.) Quarto (7-1/2" x 5-1/2"). Later calf, diced boards with gilt rules, rebacked retaining existing spine with raised bands, gilt title and blind and gilt ornaments, gilt tooling to board edges, all edges of text block gilt, blind inside dentelles, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to extremities, small recent owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning to text, faint dampspotting to a few leaves, light soiling to title page. Brief later annotations in miniscule hand to title page and a few other leaves, interior otherwise clean. $13,500. * Only edition. The earliest work devoted to laws relating exclusively to women, this incomparable digest of laws in force at the time of the Civil War is also known as The Womens Lawyer. An anonymous work, its preface is signed T.E. Often attributed to Thomas Edgar [fl. 1615-1649], some believe the author was actually Sir John Doderidge [1555-1628], an important legal figure during the reign of James I. Lord Campbell considers it "a learned work on the subject of marriage" (cited in Sweet & Maxwell). It also treats such diverse topics as age of consent, dower, hermaphrodites, polygamy, wooing, partition, chattels, divorce, descent, seisin, treason, felonies and rape. The last comparable copy to sell at auction was in 2006 at Sotheby's, the Macclesfield copy, for $13,464. Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 1999. English Short-Title Catalogue S100217.
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