First Edition in English of the First Nominative Reporter Plowden, Edmund [1518-1585]. The Commentaries, Or Reports of Edmund Plowden, Of the Middle-Temple, Esq; An Apprentice of the Common Law, Containing Divers Cases upon Matters of Law, Argued and Adjudged in the Several Reigns of King Edward VI. Queen Mary, King and Queen Philip and Mary, And Queen Elizabeth. Originally Written in French, And now Faithfully Translated into English, And Considerably Improved by Many Marginal Notes and References to All the Books of the Common Law, Both Ancient and Modern. To Which are Added, The Quaeries of Mr. Plowden, Now First Rendered into English at Large, With References, And Many Useful Observations. In Two Parts. With Two New Tables, More Compleat than any Yet Published, The One, Of the Names of the Cases, The Other of the Principal Matters. [London]: Printed by Catharine Lintot, and Samuel Richardson, 1761. vi, , 401, , 403-567, ; 15, ; , 68;  pp. Two parts. Part II has a separate title page beginning: The Second Part of the Commentaries... with the imprint: "London: Printed for the Translator..., 1761." Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Pagination and register continuous. Text complete. Folio (14" x 9"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, blind tooling to board edges, hinges mended. Light rubbing, scratches and some shallow scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places, faint dampstaining to heads of preliminaries near gutter, light soiling and faint offsetting from frontispiece to title page, which has a small early repair and "1776" in tiny hand near its upper corner. A handsome copy. $1,000. * First edition in English. Covering the years 1550-1580, Plowden's Reports was the first nominative reporter and the first to go beyond arguments to deduce points of law. "In every sort of professional excellence [it ranks] among the best reports of any age" (Wallace). The translation has a great number of additional notes and references. Two works are appended to Part II: the case of "Basset and Morgan versus Manxel at Serjeant's Inn" and Plowden's "Quaeries." These works have individual title pages and paginations. Walla.
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