Early Editions of Coke's Third and Fourth Institutes in a Handsome Contemporary Binding Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1643]. The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, And Other Pleas of the Crown, And Criminal Causes. London: Printed by John Streater, James Flesher, Henry Twyford, 1670. [x], 243,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Lacking final blank leaf. [Bound with] Coke, Edward. The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England; Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. With an Alphabetical Table, Not Heretofore Printed. London: Printed by John Streater, Henry Twyford, Elizabeth Flesher, 1671. [x], 364,  pp. Lacking copperplate portrait frontispiece, which is identical to the frontispiece in the Third Institutes. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary reversed calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands to spine, two small repairs at head. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks and scuffs to boards, slightly heavier rubbing to extremities, corner bumped, a few tiny worm holes and a bit of faint shelf-label residue to spine, pastedowns loose. Title pages printed within ruled borders, woodcut head and tail-pieces. Light toning to text, occasional faint staining to lower margins of each volume, a few leaves have minor tears, early struck-through signature to inner margin of the title page of the Third Institutes, with a bit of offsetting to facing margin of frontispiece, upper corner of that title page skillfully replaced with a facsimile, lower portion of final leaf of Fourth Institutes, which contains the word Finis between rules, neatly removed. A handsome volume. $1,000. * Third Institute: fourth edition; Fourth Institute: fifth edition, one of three issues from 1671. "Coke's Third Institutes gives us a Treatise of great learning, and not unworthy the hand that produced it;... Having run over all criminal matters, and their legal punishments, he concludes with the nature of pardons and restitutions; showing how far, in each of these, our Kings can process alone, and where they want the assistance and joint power of the Parliaments" (Marvin). The Fourth Part outlines the authority and jurisdictions of the Court of Star-Chamber, Kings Court, Chancery, the Court of Common Pleas, Eccl.
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