A Notable Abridgment of the Parliament Rolls Cotton, Sir Robert [1570/1-1631]. Prynne, William [1600-1669], Editor. An Exact Abridgment of the Records in the Tower of London, From the Reign of King Edward the Second, Unto King Richard the Third, Of All the Parliaments Holden in Each Kings Reign, And the Several Acts in Every Parliament: Together With the Names and Titles of All the Dukes, Marquesses, Earls, Viscounts, And Barons, Summoned to Every of the Said Parliaments. Collected by Sir Robert Cotton, Knight and Baronet. Rev., Rectified in Sundry Mistakes, And Supplied with a Preface, Marginal Notes, Several Omissions, And Exact Tables, Both of the Special Matters, Great Officers, Speakers, Nobles, And Other Persons Therein Contained. London: Printed for William Leake, 1679. [xxxii], 716 (i.e. 588),  pp. Folio (11-1/2" x 7"). Contemporary reversed calf, recent period-style spine, blind rules and corner fleurons to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, hinges reinforced. Moderate rubbing and a few minor stains and scuffs to boards, heavier rubbing to board edges with wear to corners. Light toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, some leaves have light foxing, recent marks in light pencil to a few leaves. $500. * Reissue of the first edition, 1657, the final version of this work. "In the seventeenth century the importance of the Parliament Rolls was so great that transcripts were made for private use, and published by private enterprise" (Holdsworth). The most important of these editions was produced by Prynne using a manuscript originally credited to Cotton. It is now believed to have been compiled by William and Robert Bowyer. It records the substance of Acts of Parliament and other particulars, that are not extant in print, among the statutes or the Parliament Rolls, and supplies the purpose of a useful index to the Rolls of Parliament. One of the most notable and colorful figures of the period, Prynne was a contentious, erudite Puritan attorney, legal antiquarian and prolific author. In 1660, he became the Keeper of Records in the Tower of London, a post he held until the end of his life. Holdsworth, A History of English Law II:423. English Short-Title Catalogue R473630.
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