Manuscript Abridgment of Coke on Littleton Interleaved with a 1608 Edition of Littleton's Tenures [Manuscript]. [Roberts, William (1767-1849)]. [Coke, Sir Edward (1552-1634)]. [Littleton, Sir Thomas (c. 1407-1481)]. [Abridgment of Coke's First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England] [London, 1811-1817]. c. 400 ff. Interleaved with Les Tenures de Monsieur Littleton (London, 1608). Quarto (7-3/4" x 6-1/4"). Contemporary limp calf with yapp edges and flap, blind fillets to edges of covers and flap, blind fillets and gilt title to spine (reading "Littleton's Tenures"). Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with some wear to edges, hinge cracked endleaves, and a few other leaves, detached and lightly edgeworn, a few cracks to text block. Light toning to interior, text in neat hand to rectos and versos of most leaves, two small library stamps to front endleaf. Item housed in buckram archival box. $4,950. * The first Institutes, better known as Coke on Littleton, contains the text of Sir Thomas Littleton's Tenures with extensive commentary. First published in 1628, it was a standard work for decades and was often used as a textbook. This interleaved manuscript is a painstaking abridgment of Coke's work. The main text is preceded by a table of contents. Several leaves have footnotes and other references that appear to have been added at later dates. It was produced by a barrister with chambers at Essex Court in the Temple, who notes that he "Began this Abridgement in November 1811 [and] Finished it in July 1817." This note is signed "Roberts Jr." A laid-in note by a later owner of this manuscript plausibly identifies Roberts as William Roberts, a notable legal author and biographer. Overall, this manuscript abridgment is not just an epitome, but a record of serious engagement with Coke and Littleton.
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