Selden's Edition of Fleta And His Ad Fletam Dissertatio Selden, John [1584-1645], Editor. Fleta, Seu Commentarius Juris Anglicani Sic Nuncupatus, Sub Edwardo Rege Primo, Seu Circa Annos ab Hinc CCCXL. Ab Anonymo Conscriptus, Atque e Codice Veteri, Autore Ipso Aliquantulum Recentiori, Nunc Primum Typis Editus. Accedit Tractatulus Vetus de Agendi Excipiendique; Formulis Gallicanus, Fet Assavoir Dictus. Subjungitur Etiam Joan. Seldeni ad Fletam Dissertatio Historica. London: Typis S.R. Prostant apud H. Twyford, T. Bassett [et al.], 1685. [viii], 64, 63-452, , 453-553,  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Later sheep, rebacked in calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands, gilt ornaments and retained existing lettering piece to spine, endleaves renewed, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block. A few minor nicks, scuffs and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning to text, light foxing in a few places, light soiling and small early owner signature to title page. $400. * Second and best edition, "Multis Errobis Purgata." The work by an anonymous author describes the practice of the courts, the forms of writs and an explanation of law terms as they existed during the reign of Edward I. It was John Selden who first called the attention of the public to this ancient treatise, and was instrumental in procuring its publication. While Bracton earns the highest praise as the father of legal learning, Fleta earns a share of it for the illustrations he offered to some of the obscurities found in Bracton. Selden's appended dissertation (pp.453-553) contains many interesting observations about Bracton, Britton, Fleta, and Thornton "and shows what use was made of the Imperial law in England whilst the Romans governed here, at what time it was introduced into this nation, what use was formerly made of it, how long it continued, and when the use of it totally ceased in the King's Courts at Westminster.": Bridgman, A Short View of Legal Bibliography 87. English Short-Title Catalogue R37347.
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