Well-Annotated Copy of a Work Highly Esteemed by Coke and Blackstone Fitzherbert, Sir Anthony [1470-1538]. Rastell, William [1508?-1565]. La Novel Natura Brevium du Iudge Tresreverend Monsieur Anthony Fitzherbert Dernierement Revieu & Corrigee per Laucteur, Avecques un Table Perfect, Des Choses Notables Contenus en Ycel, Novelment Compose per Guilliaulme Rastall. London: In Edibus Thomae Wight, & Bonhami Norton, 1598. [xxxii], 271,  ff. Final leaf, a blank, lacking. Octavo (6-1/2" x 4"). Recent period-style paneled calf, raised bands and blind ornaments to spine, endpapers renewed. Negligible light fading to spine. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Moderate toning to text, early owner annotations to title page in neat small hand, early annotations to margins in several places, some slightly affected by trimming, but legible. A handsome copy. $2,000. * First published in 1534, the Nouvelle Natura Brevium is a manual of procedure written by a Judge of the Common Pleas during the reign of Henry VIII. Winfield notes that "Coke put it among the books which he considered most necessary and of greatest authority and excellency"; Blackstone considered it an authority as well. Compiled from the earlier Natura Brevia and the Registrum Brevium, it includes several original observations on the form and function of writs. Rastell's revisions include the addition of a table. A popular work, it went through numerous editions in Law French and English, the final appearing in 1794. It remains significant to this day for its descriptions of writs that were becoming obsolete in the early sixteenth century. The annotations range from few words to single sentences. They are mostly summaries of legal points. Most of the others are bibliographical references and case citations. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 303. English Short-Title Catalogue S102179. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books T351.
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