Final Edition of Blount's Dictionary Blount, Thomas [1618-1679]. Nelson, William, Editor. A Law-Dictionary and Glossary, Interpreting Such Difficult and Obscure Words and Terms, As are Found Either in Our Common or Statute, Ancient or Modern, Laws. With References to the Several Statutes, Records, Registers, Charters, Ancient Deeds and Manuscripts, Wherein the Words and Terms are Used. To Which are Added Above Two Thousand Two Hundred Words, Collected from All the Laws of the Saxon, Danish and Norman Kings: And From All the Ancient Books of the Common Law, From the Monasticon Anglicanum, Du Fresne's Glossary, The Chronicon Saxonicum, And the Volumes Lately Published by Dr. Gale. Likewise an Explanation of All the Ancient Names of the Inhabitants, Cities, Towns, Villages and Rivers of Great Britain. Collected Formerly by Mr. Camden and Others, And Necessary for the True Understanding the History and Laws of this Realm. By W. Nelson, of the Middle Temple, Esq. [London]: Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling, 1717.  pp. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (13" x 8"). Early-twentieth-century three-quarter law calf over cloth, raised bands and gilt title to spine, library shelf label to foot, small library security tag to front board, endpapers mended, hinges reinforced with cloth, library stamps to edges of text block. Negligible rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities. Moderate toning and occasional light foxing to text, brief early annotations to a few leaves, moderate edgewear and faint library stamp to title page, two other library stamps to front free endpaper. $350. * Third and final edition, one of two issues from 1717. Blount was a barrister and a member of the Inner Temple. Prohibited to practice at the Bar because he was a Catholic, Blount turned to legal scholarship and lexicography. Blount aimed to correct the defects he found in Cowell's Interpreter (1607) and Rastell's Termes de la Ley (1523). Nelson, the editor of the final edition, claimed to have added nearly three thousand words, which he collected from all the laws of the Saxon, Danish and Norman kings. Blount's Law-Dictionary was first published in 1670, and along with Rastell's, Cowell's and Spelman's, is one of the earliest English law dictionaries. Cowley, A Bibliography of Abridgments, Digest, D.
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