Last and Best Edition of the First English Law Dictionary [Rastell, John (d. 1536)]. [Rastell, William (1508-1565), Editor]. Les Termes de la Ley: Or, Certain Difficult and Obscure Words and Terms of the Common and Statute Laws of This Realm, Now in Use, Expounded and Explained. Corrected and Enlarged, With the Addition of Many Other Words; Particularly of Those Introduced into the Statute Law of Great Britain, Never Printed in Any Other Impression. [London]: Printed by Eliz. Nutt and R. Gosling, 1721. [iv], 592 pp. French and English texts in parallel columns. Octavo (7-3/4" x 5"). Recent library buckram, red and black lettering pieces, gilt library name and paper shelf label to spine, small security tag and blind- stamped library name to front board, endleaves added, library stamps to edges of text block, front free endpaper and title page. Negligible light shelfwear and soiling. Moderate toning and light foxing to text, inkspots to a few leaves, early owner signatures to title page: one clipped from top edge, one illegible, the other two are those of Joel Jones and Samuel Morris. $350. * Last and best edition. Corrected and greatly enlarged with Law French and an English translation in Parallel columns. This edition was translated by his son, William Rastell [1508?-1565]. First published in 1527, originally composed in French, with a Latin title page, Expositiones Terminorum Legum Anglorumae. The first English law dictionary, it "reflects the common law at the close of the year-book period with much fidelity" (Marvin). Morris [1711-1782], a merchant, was the Philadelphia registrar of wills and atrustee of the University of Pennsylvania. Jones [1795-1860], a distinguished Philadelphia judge and lawyer, was the first president of Girard College from 1847 to 1849 and mayor of Philadelphia from 1849 to 1850. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 599. English Short-Title Catalogue T130235.
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