Impressive Compilation of Early English Laws Based on Spelman's Codex Legum Veterum, Thomas Jefferson Owned a Copy Wilkins, David [1685-1745]. Spelman, Henry [1564?-1641]. Leges Anglo-Saxonicae Ecclesiasticae & Civiles. Accedunt Leges Edvardi Latinae, Guilielmi Conquestoris Gallo-Normannicae, Et Henrici I. Latinae. Subjungitur Domini Henr. Spelmanni Codex Legum Veterum Statutorum Regni Angliae, Quae ab Ingressu Guilielmi I. Usque ad Annum Nonum Henr. III. Edita Sunt. Toti Operi Praemittitur Dissertatio Epistolaris Admodum Reverendi Domini Guilielmi Nicolsoni. London: Typis Guil. Bowyer, Impensis R. Gosling, 1721. [xvi], xxiv, 434,  pp. Preface and notes in Latin, text in Anglo-Saxon with parallel Latin translation. With a 4 pp. subscriber list, publisher advertisement at foot of final page. Folio (15-1/2" x 9-3/4"). Contemporary paneled calf, early rebacking retaining existing gilt spine with raised bands and lettering piece, early repairs to corners and gouge to rear board, hinges reinforced. Moderate rubbing to boards, corners bumped, joints cracked, faint vertical crack through center of spine. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, occasional faint dampstaining to margins, faint dampspotting, light foxing and recent brief annotations in pencil to a few leaves. $950. * Only edition, one of 500 copies in this format. (63 copies were printed in smaller formats.) Research into Anglo-Saxon legal sources began in the seventeenth century with the work of William Lambard, William Somner and Henry Spelman. Their work was the foundation for the work of George Hicks, Robert Kelham and David Wilkins in the eighteenth century. A professor of Arabic at Cambridge University and librarian to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Wilkins was the most distinguished member of this trio. Leges Anglo-Saxonicae, which incorporates Spelman's Codex Legum Veterum, includes the collections of Anglo-Saxon customs that were made after the Conquest: the laws of Edward the Confessor, the laws of William I and the Leges Henrici Primi. According to the ESTC, Bowyer's records show three sizes of paper used (demy, 500 copies; royal, 50; writing royal, 13)." Jefferson owned a copy of this book. Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 1768. Holdsworth, History of English Law XII:403. English.
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