Final English Edition of Hobart's Reports Hobart, Henry [d. 1625], Reporter. [Nottingham, Heneage Finch, Earl of (1621-1682)]. The Reports of that Reverend and Learned Judge, The Right Honourable Sr Henry Hobart Knight and Baronet, Lord Chief Justice of His Majesties Court of Common Pleas; And Chancellor to Both Their Highnesses Henry and Charles, Princes of Wales. Purged from the Errors of All Former Impressions, And Enlarged with New Notes in the Margent. With an Exact Alphabetical Table, By an Honourable and Learned Hand. London: Printed by G. Sawbridge, W. Rawlins, and S. Roycroft, 1678. [xvi], 350,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Corners lightly bumped, some fading to spine. Toning to text, brief annotations in early hand throughout, light soiling and early owner signature ("Nic. Starkie") to title page. $350. * Fourth edition. Hobart was Coke's successor as chief justice. These reports (in English), which have long been accepted as the standard source for the period, cover cases in King's Bench, Common Pleas, and the Star Chamber from 1603 to 1625, with some cases from the reign of Queen Elizabeth. A durable work, it passed through seven editions, unaltered, from 1641 to 1724. The final edition was followed by an American edition in 1829. The annotations in our copy are mostly cross-references to other reports, some are comments or summaries of main points. Marvin identifies Finch as the "honourable and learned hand." Marvin, Legal Bibliography 388. Wallace, The Reporters 229. English Short-Title Catalogue R26061.
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