Rare Landmark Early Printing of Magna Carta: The First with a Title Page and the Secunda Pars [Magna Carta]. Magna Carta Cu[m] Aliis Antiquis Statutis, Q[u]orum Catalogum in Fine Operis Reperies. [London: Thomas Berthelet, November 1531]. 150 [i.e. 149], ; [iv], 76 ff. Two parts, each with title page, table and individual pagination. Second part, dated 1532 (on colophon), titled Secunda Pars Veterum Statutorum. Octavo 5" x 3-1/4" (12 x 8 cm). Contemporary calf blind panels to boards, raised bands and later lettering piece to spine, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block, ties lacking. A few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, light gatoring to spine, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners worn, hinges partially cracked, endpapers lacking. Titles printed within architectural borders, woodcut decorated initials. Light toning to text, light soiling and finger smudges to a few leaves, later owner annotations to front pastedown, later signature to foot of title page (of Magna Carta). A handsome copy of an important, and rare, edition. $20,000. * First edition issued with a title page and the Secunda Pars Veterum Statutorum, which was published for the first time with this edition. The text of Magna Carta is a close reprinting of the 1527 edition by Richard Pynson with additional material. (Pynson printed the first edition around 1508.) It also includes the Charta de Foresta and statutes passed before the reign of Edward III. Among the most notorious statutes are those of Edward I concerning Jews, which condemned them for irreverence and prevented them from practicing usury or acquiring land from Christians through pledges. Other "Antique Statutes" relate to women, wills, forcible entry, "Fraudulent Deedes" and other topics. Some sources say incorrectly that the 1539 edition was the first issued with a title page. The source of the confusion is the title page's false imprint date: 1529. (The colophon has the correct date: 1539.) To confuse matters further, Beale, who arranges imprints chronologically, lists that edition according to the date on the title page rather than its colophon (S8). OCLC locates 13 copies of this imprint in North America. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books S9 and S21. English Short-Title Catalogue S101049.
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