A Set of Coke's Reports Owned by John Bouvier and Six Other Prominent American Lawyers Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1634]. The Reports of Sir Edward Coke Kt. Of Divers Resolutions and Judgments Given with Great Deliberation, By the Reverend Judges and Sages of the Law, Of Cases and Matters in Law Which were Never Resolved or Adjudged Before: And the Reasons and Causes of the Said Resolutions and Judgments, During the Most Happy Reign of the Most Illustrious and Renowned Queen Elizabeth, The Fountain of All Justice and the Life of the Law. [London]: Printed by E. and R. Nutt, and R. Gosling, for R. Gosling [et al.], 1738. Thirteen parts and table in 7 volumes. Complete set. Octavo (8-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering pieces to spines, preliminaries re-hinged and mounted on archival tissue, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning and occasional light foxing to interiors, owner signature of Samuel Allinson dated 1763 to title pages, owner signatures of John Bouvier, dated June 19, 1827, William Tilghman, (Hon.) Edmund Lovell Dana, dated 1853, Samuel W. Pennypacker, dated June 6, 1895 and John M. Patterson, dated January 12, 1920 to front endleaves, bookplate of Charles Read to front pastedown of Volume III, signature of Dana to front pastedown of Volume IV. A handsome set with a fascinating group of associations. $2,500. * "Coke's Reports [which contain cases from 1572 to 1616] retain a position among...legal publications that few of the elder reports possess. Although some of the decisions that they contain have become obsolete, although others have been greatly modified by the revolutions which jurisprudence has undergone...yet, many of them are leading cases that are now studied by those who ascend to the fountains of legal principles" (Marvin). This set belonged to a series of distinguished owners: - Charles Read [c.1713-1774] was collector of the port of Burlington, New Jersey, mayor of Burlington, a justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court, chief-justice of the Province, secretary to the Provincial Council, and a colonel in the New Jersey Militia and a founding member of the American Philosophical Society. - Samuel Allinson [1739-1791], a prominent lawyer in Burlington County, New Jersey, was the compiler of Acts of the General Assembly of the Province.
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