"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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