1-22 Edward IV [Year Book]. Edward IV. Les Ans ou Reports del Raigne du Roye Edward le Quart, Novelment Revieu et Corrigee en Divers Lieux. Ouesque un Table Perfect des Choses Notables Contenus en Ycel. Auxy vous Aves in Cest Impression las Cases icy Referres al Abridgement de Brooke, & As Auters Lieurs del Common Ley. London: Typis Milonis Flesher & Roberti Young, 1640. , 29, 28, 44, 8, 12, 32, 25, 53, 19, 11, 21, 10, 8, 33, 12, 8, 30, 10, 19, 84, 51,  ff. Complete. Folio (11-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary paneled calf, rebacked in period style, raised bands, blind ornaments and lettering piece to spine, hinges and corners mended. Some minor nicks and scuffs to boards, small stain to front board, light rubbing to board edges. Light toning to text, light edgewear to preliminaries, light browning, foxing and soiling to title page. A nice copy. $750. * Covers regnal years 1 to 22 of Edward IV. It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the Year Books. They are the first examples of common-law court reporting and crucial primary sources for our knowledge of medieval common law. They also provide a richly detailed portrait of contemporary English life, customs and manners. Though it is not known when the first manuscript volumes were compiled, it is clear that cases can be found to date from the 1270's and the series continues to 1535. Printed editions of the Year Books were first issued by William de Machlinia between 1481 and 1482. The present volume is from the so-called "quarto edition." These volumes were issued separately with various dates and impressions between 1522 and the mid-seventeenth century. Holdsworth, A History of English Law V: 357-377. English Short-Title Catalogue S4271.
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