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NOMOTEXNIA, Cestascavoir, Un Description del Common Leys Dangleterre. Henry. John Sparrow's copy Finch.
NOMOTEXNIA, Cestascavoir, Un Description del Common Leys Dangleterre
NOMOTEXNIA, Cestascavoir, Un Description del Common Leys Dangleterre

NOMOTEXNIA, Cestascavoir, Un Description del Common Leys Dangleterre

"A Pioneer Book of the Institutes of English Law" Finch, Sir Henry [1558-1625]. NOMOTEXNIA, Cestascavoir, Un Description del Common Leys Dangleterre Solonque les Rules del Art. Parallelees Oue les prerogatives le Roy. Ouesque Auxy le Substance & Effect de les Estatutes (Disposes en Lour Proper Lieux) Per le Quels le Common Ley est Abridge, Enlarge, Ou Ascunment Alter, Del Commencement de Magna Charta Fait 9.H.3 Tanque a Cest Jour. London: Printed for the Societie of Stationers, 1613. [viii], 149 ff. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, gilt panels with central arabesques to covers, gilt fillets, ornaments and faint early hand-lettered title to spine, silk ties. Light rubbing to extremities, spine ends bumped, hinges cracked, text block loose, later armorial morocco bookplate of James P.R. Lyell and more-recent bookplate of John Sparrow to front pastedown. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places. An attractive copy with an appealing provenance. $4,500. * First edition. Like Bacon, Finch recognized the need for a book of Institutes in the manner of Justinian. Well-arranged and clearly written, the NOMOTEXNIA was both a landmark in the history of English legal publishing and the standard elementary textbook before Blackstone's Commentaries. As Holdsworth observes, it also influenced "the form and arrangement of Blackstone's Commentaries; and, through Blackstone's Commentaries, the form and arrangement of the chief institutional book of English law at the present day." Our copy had two notable owners. John Sparrow [1905-1992], was a distinguished bibliophile, barrister, essayist and Warden of All Souls College. Oxford. As Nicolas Barker wrote in The Warden's Meeting: A Tribute to John Sparrow, he was "first and last, a great, even a very great, collector of books." By profession a solicitor, James Patrick Ronaldson Lyell [1871-1948] was a significant bibliographer and collector of printed books and manuscripts. Holdsworth, A History of English Law V:400. English Short-Title Catalogue S121340.

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