The First Annotated English Legal Bibliography Worrall, John [d. 1771], Compiler. Bibliotheca Legum Angliae, Part I. Or, a Catalogue of the Common and Statute Law Books of This Realm, and Some Others Relating Thereto; Giving an Account of Their Several Editions, Ancient Printers, Dates, and Prices, and Wherein They Differ. A New Edition Corrected and Arranged in a More Perspicuous Method, and Interspersed with Observations on the Principle Works, Collected from the Best Authorities. London: Printed for Edward Brooke, 1788. [xvi], 272,  pp. [And] Brooke, Edward. Bibliotheca Legum Angliae, Part II. Containing a General Account of the Laws and Law-Writers of England, From the Earliest Times to the Reign of Edw. III. As Also of the Public Records, And Other Authentic Law Mss. the Statutes, And the Several Collections and Editions Thereof; The Reports, Or Collections of Adjudged Cases in the Courts of Law and Equity; Together with an Account of the Principal Works upon the law and Constitution, Published During the Present Reign. London: Printed for Edward Brooke, 1788. viii, 255,  pp. 12mo. (6-1/2" x 4-1/2"). Recent library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper shelf labels to spines, endpapers added. Light shelfwear, moderate soiling and a few minor stains, some rubbing to edges of lettering pieces, preliminaries of Part I detached, crack in text block of Part II pp. 252 and 253. Light browning, upper corner of Leaf Dd2 (pp. 203-204) detached with minor loss to text, library stamps to title pages and a few other leaves, library marks to versos of title pages. $350. * Later editions. The first annotated English legal bibliography, it remains an important reference due to its excellent annotations, many gathered from leading authorities of the time, and comparative bibliographical information. Worrall, believed to be the first bookseller to specialize in law books, issued the first edition in 1732, and published numerous editions during his lifetime. Part I is organized by topic and then alphabetically. Topics include abridgments, indexes, tables, civil, ecclesiastical, and universal law, common and crown law, dictionaries, trade, navigation, reports, statutes and Irish and Scottish law books. English Short-Title Catalogue T145167, T145168.
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