Laws of the Forest (and What to Do if They Are Violated) [Manuscsript]. [Great Britain]. [Laws of the Forest]. [Records of Eyres, Commissions of Oyer and Terminer, Etc. Held for the Forests of Wynchwood, Dean, Windsor, Waltham, Etc.]. [England, 1632-1638]. 148,  ff. Folio (12" x 7-1/2"). Recent plain limp vellum, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, later typewritten auction house (or dealer) description tipped-in to front endleaf. Text in fine hand to rectos and versos of most leaves. Light browning, light foxing and faint dampstaining to text, edgewear to most leaves, some have chips and tears with minor loss to text, a few leaves have recent repairs, internal condition very good overall. An interesting manuscript. $7,500. * Possibly the work of a student, justice of the peace, or manorial official, this interesting manuscript is a compilation of rules and precedents relating to foresters, hunters, woodcutters and woodsellers. Its careful organization, lack of corrections and addition of side-notes indicates that it is a fair copy intended to serve as a reference. In effect, it is a manuscript handbook. Its contents are drawn from law collections relating to the great English forests of the day, principally Wynchwood, more commonly Wychwood, located in Oxfordshire, Windsor Forest, the Royal preserve located on the border of Berkshire and Surrey, Waltham Forest, a borough of East London, and the Forest of Dean, located in the western part of Gloucestershire. The texts are in English, Latin and Law-French. Research into the tipped-in description indicates this manuscript was once held by Lord Poltimore at Court House, North Molton, North Devon (who later sold it at auction).
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