Fifth Edition of Cowell's Interpreter Cowell, John [1554-1611]. [Manley, Thomas, Editor]. NOMOTHETES. The Interpreter, Containing the Genuine Signification of Such Obscure Words and Terms Used Either in the Common or Statute Laws of This Realm. First Compiled by the Learned Dr. Cowel, and Now Enlarged From the Collections of All Others Who Have Written in This Kind. With an Addition of Many Words Omitted by All Former Writers, and Pertinent to This Matter, With Their Etymologies as Often as They Occur: As Also Tenures Whether Jocular, Or Others Statutes and Records, Wherein the Alterations are Expressed, and Their Agreement or Dissonancy, With the Law at Present Declared. Whereto is Subjoyned, An Appendix, Containing the Ancient Names of Places Here in England, Very Necessary for the Use of all Young Students, Who Intend to Converse with old Records, Deeds or Charters. The Second Edition, Wherein Many Errors and Mistakes in the Former are Carefully Corrected. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard Atkins Esq.; and Sir Edward Atkins Knight, for H. Twyford, Tho. Buffet, J. Place, and H. Sawbridge, 1684.  pp. Folio (12-1/2" x 8"). Contemporary calf, blind frames to boards, raised bands to spine, binding varnished. Boards detached, moderate wear to edges, spine ends and corners worn. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining and occasional minor worming to text block with no loss to text, light edgewear and a few minor chips to edges of preliminaries, two (illegible) early owner signatures to text block, moderate soiling to title page. $250. * Fifth edition, and the second edition by Manley. First published in 1607, The Interpreter is considered to be the best law dictionary published before Jacob's New Law-Dictionary (1729). Though its significance was recognized almost immediately, it was not approved by all. At a time when Parliament and crown were vying for power, the House of Commons was angered by the dictionary's royalist sympathies. Moreover, it contained a quotation critical of Littleton's scholarship that angered Sir Edward Coke, then chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas. When a joint committee of Lords and Councilors reviewed the work, the ensuing controversy nearly halted the affairs of government. James I, fearing that his own fiscal interests would not be approved by Pa.
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