A Selection from Brooke's Abridgement [Brooke, Sir Robert (d.1558)]. [Bellew, Richard, Editor]. Ascuns Novel Cases de les Ans & Temps le Roy, H.8. Edw.6. & La Roygne Mary, Escrie en la Graund Abridgement, Compose per Sir Robert Brooke Chivaler &c. La Disperse en les Titles. Mes Icy Collect Sub Ans. London: In Aedibus Ianae Yetsweirt, 1597. [i], 116,  ff. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary limp vellum with lapped edges, recased, blind rules to covers, later hand-lettered title to spine, ties lacking. Spine and front cover darkened, some rubbing to extremities, a few cuts to front cover and fore-edge, a few small cracks to spine, most of front pastedown and free endpaper removed, front endleaf soiled, edgeworn and torn. Text printed with wide margins. Moderate toning to interior, light spotting in a few places, tiny inkspots and spark burns to a few leaves, light soiling to title page. Front endleaves filled with contemporary doodles, a tiny contemporary and a later signature to title page, early underlining to a few passages of text. $1,000. * Third edition. Also known as Brooke's New Cases, Petit Brook or Bellewe Temp. Henry VIII, this book is a selection of cases from 1514-1558 taken from Brooke's great Abridgement (1568), a digest of more than 20,000 cases and notes from the Year Books, Fitzherbert's Natura Brevium, and other sources. First published in 1578, it went through later editions in 1587, 1597, 1604, 1624, 1625, 1628 and 1651. All of these are scarce. Concerning the third edition, OCLC locates 2 copies, 1 in North America, both in law libraries (Huntington Library). English Short-Title Catalogue S106975. Beale, Bibliography of Early English Law Books R480a.
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