Rare First Edition of Ridley's Important Treatise on English Civil and Ecclesiastical Law Ridley, Sir Thomas [1550-1629]. Gregory, J[ohn], Notes. A View of the Civile and Ecclesiastical Law, And Wherein the Practice of Them is Streitned, And May be Relieved Within this Land. London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, 1607. [xvi], 230,  pp. Last leaf blank. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Later crimson morocco, gilt rules to boards and board edges, inner gilt dentelles, raised bands, gilt ornaments and gilt title to spine all edges of text block gilt, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to extremities, corners lightly bumped. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining to foot of text block near bottom edge, other minor stains to a few leaves, repair to short tear on leaf CC1 (pp.193-194), light soiling to title page. A very handsome copy of a rare edition. $2,500. * First edition. This was the of the earliest books on civil and ecclesiastical jurisdiction in Great Britain, which included large areas of admiralty, chancery, family and commercial law and such matters as defamation, divorce, wills and bastardy. Also a prescriptive work, it proposes several reforms, such as a method to simplify the law of executors and intestate succession. Holdsworth describes it as "learned and clearly expressed." Ridley held the post of master in Chancery, chancellor of the Diocese of Winchester and vicar-general for Archbishop Abbot. The first edition is rare. OCLC locates 3 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, UC-Berkeley). Holdsworth, History of English Law V:13. English Short-Title Catalogue S115989.
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