"It is Doubtful Whether Any Book Used by Mediaeval Practitioners Has Greater Importance in the History of Our Law" [Writs]. [Great Britain]. Registrum Brevium tam Originalium, Quam Judicialium: Correctum & Emendatum ad Vetus Exemplar Manuscriptum, Cujus Beneficio, A Multis Erroribus Purgatum, Ad Usus, Quibus Inservit Redditur Accommodatius. Editio Quarta, Cui Subjicitur Appendix Diversa Brevia tam Vetera tam Recentiora in Officiis Clerici Coronae in Cancellaria, Clericorum de Cursu, & Aliorum Clericorum Cancellariae Usitata, (Quae in Registro Brevium non Extant,) Continens. Una cum Libro Consultissimi Viri Simonis Theloall, Cui Titulus, Le Digest des Briefs Originals et des Choses Concernants Eur. In Omnibus Multo Quam Antea Correctior & Emendatior cum Tabulis Materiarum. London: Printed by the Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, 1687. [x], 321, 85 ff., , 59, , 239,  pp. The "Appendix" and "Le Digest des Briefs Originals" have separate title pages and paginations. Folio (12-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Recent period-style half-calf over cloth, endpapers renewed, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block, title page re-hinged. Corners lightly bumped, a few light stains to front board. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampstaining to head of text block above headlines, light foxing in a few places, some edgewear to preliminaries and final leaves of text, early owner annotations to title page and a few other leaves. $1,500. * Fourth stated edition, the fifth and final edition of this work. As Winfield notes, "it is doubtful whether any book used by mediaeval practitioners has greater importance in the history of our law than the collection of writs known as Registrum Brevium," an opinion shared by Maitland, Holdsworth and present-day legal historians. An essential companion to the Year Books, the Registrum collects a body of writs dating back to the Middle Ages. It has its origins in versions that circulated in manuscript. Distilled from several examples, the first printed collection appeared in 1531. A welcome reference, it went through five editions by 1687, all with similar content. Winfield, Chief Sources of English Legal History 298. English Short-Title Catalogue R34567.
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