Crompton's Classic Survey of the Courts [Crompton, Richard (d. 1599)]. L'Authoritie et Iurisdiction des Courts de la Maiestie de la Roygne: Nouelment Collect & Compose, per R. Crompton del Milieu Temple Esquire, Apprentice del Ley. Si Seuris Index, Mitisis Corde Memento, Dicito, quae Possunt Dicta Decere Senem. London: Printed by the Assignes of Iohn More Esquire, 1637. [iv], 232 ff. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and blind fillets to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear around corners, which are bumped, rear hinge cracked. Moderate toning to text, light soiling and small early signature to title page. A handsome copy. $750. * Second and final edition. Crompton was a bencher of the Middle Temple during the reign of Henry VIII and the author of several notable juristic works. Originally published in 1594, L'Authoritie et Iurisdiction is considered to be his principal work. It is essentially a digest of the Year Books and other cases applicable to the subject. Turning to William Fulbecke's A Direction or Preparative to the Study of the Lawe (1600), we see that its value was recognized almost immediately: "Master Crompton has taken great paynes in this study, and his books are in every man's hands, which prooveth their generall allowance, his cases are very profitable, and apt for the title to which they are applyed, and so compendiously collected, that a man may by them in a few howers gaine great knowledge" (cited in Holdsworth). On a broader scale, Crompton offers legal justification for the creation of a rigidly hierarchical "natural" society governed by a powerful monarch. This attitude, articulated by Bodin among others, was shared by several conservatives in England and Europe during the Late Renaissance. Holdsworth, History of English Law IV: 212. English Short-Title Catalogue S109078.
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