"The Fruit of Bacon's Wise Design" [C] Hetley, Sir Thomas. Reports and Cases Taken in the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Years of the Late King Charles [1627-1632]... at the Common Pleas Barre. London: Printed by F.L. for Matthew Walbancke and Thomas Firby, 1657. [xii], 177 pp. Folio. Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, spine ends and upper and lower sections of joints discreetly reinforced. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards, some rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, front free endpaper lacking. Moderate toning, brief annotations to a few leaves, light soiling to title page. $350. * First edition. "It is a well-known historical fact, that in the reign of James I, Lord Bacon endeavored to procure the revival of the ancient office of Reporter, which had been dropped by Henry VIII. The title page of Hetley informs us that the author was appointed 'by the King and Judges for one of the reporters of the law.' This volume is the only one that can be so much as referred to as the fruit of Bacon's wise design; though we must note that it is in the time of Charles I., not in that of James I.": Wallace, The Reporters 270-271. English Short-Title Catalogue R10743.
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