First Edition of the First English Treatise on Matrimonial Law Swinburne, Henry [1560?-1623]. A Treatise of Spousals, or Matrimonial Contracts: Wherein All the Questions Relating to that Subject are Ingeniously Debated and Resolved. London: Printed by S. Roycroft for Robert Clavell, 1686. [xvi], 240 pp. Quarto (7-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Recent period-style calf, blind rules and large blind central arabesques to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Title printed within ruled border. Moderate toning to text, spark burns to a few leaves, a few small library marks to verso of title page. A handsome copy. $1,750. * First edition. Published posthumously, this was the first English ecclesiastical law treatise devoted to marriage, the relationship between spousal contracts and marriage contracts, the dissolution of those contracts and divorce. It is also notable as one of the first four English legal treatises devoted to laws concerning women. Swinburne was commissary of the exchequer and judge of the consistory court at York. He is best known for his influential treatise on wills, which went through seven editions between 1590 and 1793. English Short-Title Catalogue R22016.
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