The Vetus Codex: Parliamentary Rolls of Edward I and II Ryley, William [d.1667]. Placita Parlamentaria una Cum Judiciis Forensibus, Sive Sententiis Diffinitivis Desuper Latis, Regnantibus Edwardo Primo & Edwardo Secundo Angliae Regibus. Quibus Appendix Subjicitur Annexa, Continens Collectionem Quorundam Exemplarium, Sive Transcriptorum Statutorum, Ordinationum, Provisionum, Inhibitionum, Formularum, Scriptorum Originalium, Ex re Nata, Super Variis Subjectis Emissorum, Prohibitionum & Proclamationum, Una cum Confirmatione Magnae Chartae, & Chartae de Foresta. Necnon Aliorum Etiam Recordorum, Homagium Illud Regi Anglae a Scotia, Ab Antiquo Debitum; Hiberniaeque Legibus Angliae Subordinationem, Quae Probant; e Rotulis, Regnantibus Edwardo Primo & Edwardo Secundo Extractorum. Una cum Supplicum Quibusdam Libellis, Sive Petitionibus, Comitiis Parlamentariis, Remporibus [sic] Regum Diversorum Convocatis, Praesentatis, Quibus Rescripta, Sive Responsiones Adjiciuntur. London: Impensis Hen. Twiford & Thomae Dring, 1661. [xii], 719,  pp. Main title page followed by another in English translation, Pleadings in Parliament with the Judgements Thereon, In the Reigns of Edward the First and Edward the Second, Kings of England... Folio (11-1/2" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, later repairs to spine ends. Some scuffing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few chips to board edges, corners bumped and worn, hinges cracked, early armorial bookplate (of Sir Thomas Hanmer of Hanmer) to verso of main title page. Moderate toning, light foxing in a few places, some soiling to main title page. $750. * First edition. Text mostly in Latin, some sections in Law-French or English. Also known as the Vetus Codex, this is a selection of fourteenth-century Parliament Rolls from the reigns of Kings Edward I and II. As indicated on the title page, the entries include the statutes confirming Magna Carta and the Charta de Foresta, vital topics in the years following the Civil War. Nicholson says this book shows how "pleadings used to be managed in this Supreme Court of the Realm, in what manner judgement was given, how Petitions were brought in, and in what form Statutes and other Parliamentary Constitutions were antiently drawn." Ryley's son, als.
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