"An Advance Upon All Former Editions of the Statutes" Pulton, Ferdinando [1536-1618]. A Collection Of Sundrie Statutes, Frequent in Use: With Notes in the Margent, and References to the Booke Cases and Books of Entries and Registers, Where They be Treated of. Together with an Abbridgement of the Residue Which be Expired, Repealed, Altered, and Worne Out of Use, or Doe Concerne Private Persons, Places, or Things, And Not the Whole Common-wealth. Whereunto be Added Certaine Materiall Statutes, Never Printed Before in English. Also a Necessary Table, Or Kalender, Is Annexed Hereunto, Expressing in Titles the Most Materiall Branches of Those Statutes in Use, and Practice. London: Printed by M. Flesher, I. Haviland, & R. Young, 1632. [vi], 1464, ,  pp. Lacking final blank leaf. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Folio (13-1/2" x 9"). Recent period-style speckled calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets parallel to joints, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Subtle light fading to spine and upper edges of boards, Moderate toning to text, light foxing and faint dampstaining in places, some loss to lower corners of leaves Nn6-Pp5 (pp. 419-440) with no loss to text, some edgewear to preliminaries, soiling, faint dampstaining and a few tiny signatures to title page, two other signatures to foot of following leaf. An impressive volume. $1,500. * Third edition. Pulton was a commoner of Brasenose College, Oxford, a fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and a member of Lincoln's Inn. As a Catholic Pulton was not allowed to practice, so he devoted his energies to editing the statutes. He published An Abstract of All the Penal Statutes in 1560 and A Kalender, Or Table, Comprehending the Effect of All the Statutes in 1606. A Collection of Sundrie Statutes, his magnum opus, was first published in 1618. Though it had its defects, "it is clear that Pulton's edition was an advance upon all former editions of the statutes. He set a new standard to the makers of these editions, to which subsequent editors made at least an attempt to conform. We shall see that this standard was a good deal higher that that either aimed at or attained by those who edited the Reports of this period.": Holdsworth, A History of English Law IV:310. English Short-Title Catalogue.
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