Early Edition of Coke on Littleton in a Handsome Binding Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1643]. The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England. Or, A Commentary Upon Littleton, Not the Name of a Lawyer Only, But of the Law It Self. Carefully Corrected. London: Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, and Henry Twyford, 1670. [vi], 395,  ff. Main text in parallel columns. Folding table (of consanguinity). As is the case with many copies, the Final 35 ff. are A Table to the First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England taken from the eighth edition (also published in 1670), which has its own title page with the imprint: London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1670. Its content is identical to the 30 ff. Table intended for this edition. Copperplate portrait frontispiece of Coke. Portrait plate of Littleton lacking. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Recent period-style speckled calf, blind rules and fillets to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, light edgewear to folding table, light soiling to title page, a few brief early (and recent) annotations to endleaves, a few doodles in miniscule hand and a tiny stain to margins of frontispiece. A nice copy in a handsome binding. $750. * Seventh edition. Coke's Institutes, which eventually comprised four volumes, are thought to be the first textbooks on the modern common law. Taken together, they are a virtual legal encyclopedia of the law as it stood in Coke's lifetime. The first Institutes, better known as Coke on Littleton, contains the text of Sir Thomas Littleton's Tenures with extensive commentary. First published in 1628, it was a standard work for decades and was often used as a textbook. "If Bracton first began the codification of the common law, it was Coke who completed it.... In the Institutes (...) the tradition of the common law from Bracton to Littleton, whose name Coke's Commentary made famous, firmly established itself as the basis of the constitution of the Realm.": Printing and the Mind of Man 126. English Short-Title Catalogue R33309, R34822 (Table).
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