One of the Earliest English Texts to Address Conveyancing. [C] West, William [1568-1594]. The First Part of Symboleographie: Which May be Termed the Art, Or Description, Of Instruments and Presidents. First Collected by William West of the Inner Temple Esquire. And Since Augmented with Divers New Presidents not Formerly Printed. London: Printed by Miles Flesher, 1647.  pp. [With] West, William. The Second Part of Symboleography, Newly Corrected and Amended, And Very Much Enlarged in All the Foure Severall Treatises: 1. Of Fines and Concords. 2. Of Common Recoveries. 3. Of Offences and Indictments. 4. Of Compromises and Arbitrements. Whereunto is Annexed Another Treatise of Equitie: The Jurisdiction, And Proceedings of the High Court of Chancerie; Of Supplications, Bils, And Answers; And of Certaine Writs and Commissions Issuing Thence, And There also Returnable: Likewise much Augmented with Divers Presidents, For the Same Purpose, Beginning at the 144. Section, And Continuing to the end of Bils and Answers. With an Addition of Some Necessary Examplars to be Used in his Majesties Court of Exchequer, Wards and Liveries, And Starre-Chamber. Hereunto is also Added a Table for the More Easie and Readie Finding of Matters, Herein Contained. London: Printed by Miles Flesher and Robert Young, 1641. [ii], 350,  ff. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Modern quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining and light soiling to margins in a few places, light edgewear to preliminaries of Volume I, early owner signature to head of its title page, later owner annotation to front endleaf of Volume II, "12970" in small hand near inner margin of its title page. Nice copies in handsome bindings. $1,500. * Final editions. West's Symboleography is the most influential works in the history of English law. First published in 1590 and 1593, these two books are complete in themselves and bibliographically distinct. (The volumes were often bound together or bound as sets.) Taken together, they form a general practical treatise on English law. They are historically significant because they are among the earliest texts to address conveyancing. "West's Symboleographie has always been esteemed a book of authority...and contains not.
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