The "Crown and Flower of Medieval Jurisprudence" Bracton, Henry de, [d. 1268]. De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae, Libri Quinque; In Varios Tractatus Distincti, Ad Diversorum et Vetustissimorum Codicum Collationem, Ingenti Cura, Denuo Typus Vulgati. Quorum Quid Cuique Insit, Proxima Pagina Demonstrabit. London: Typis Milonis Flesher & Roberti Young, 1640. [xvi], 444 [i.e. 442] ff. Quarto (9" x 6-1/2"). Later quarter calf over buckram, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block. Light rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, chipping to head of spine. Light browning to text, light spotting in places, light soiling and later owner signature to title page, some leaves have brief annotations in an early hand. $1,000. * Reissue of the first edition (1569) and the second printing of this work. De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae [The Laws and Customs of England] is the first treatise on English law. A systematic work, it emphasizes the separation of procedural and substantive matters and also cites cases as sources of at least intellectual, if not formal, authority. In Maitland's words, Bracton's Legibus is "the crown and flower of English medieval jurisprudence" and "by far the greatest of our medieval law books." Sweet & Maxwell add that it "is distinguished by rich casuistic details, and by the careful reproduction of the judicial decisions on individual cases of law.": Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:51 (6). Maitland, Collected Works II:43. English Short-Title Catalogue S119285.
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