First Edition of Coke's Reports, Part Seven, Which Includes Calvin's Case Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1634]. La Sept Part des Reports Sr. Edw. Coke Chivaler, Chiefe Iustice del Common Banke: Des divers Resolutions & Iudgements done sur Solemne Arguments & Avec Grand Deliberation & Conference des Tresreverend Iudges & Sages de la Ley, De Cases en ley Queux ne Fueront Unques Resolue ou Adiudges par Devant: Et les Raisons & Causes des Dits Resolutions & Iudgements. Publies en le Size an del Treshaut & Tresillustre Iaques Roy Dengl. Fr. & Irel. & de Escoce le 42. le Fountaine de Tout Pietie & Iustice, & la Vie de la Ley. London: Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Societie of Stationers, 1608. [v], 28, 34 ff., 35-36 pp., 37-45,  ff. Complete. Folio (11" x 7"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, hinges mended. Moderate rubbing and some shallow scuffing to boards, heavier rubbing to board edges with some wear to corners. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining to text block in a few places, occasional brief early annotations in early hand, light edgewear to endleaves, light soiling and two later owner annotations to title page. $1,250. * First edition. Prefaces in Latin and English. Coke's Reports are not reports in the conventional sense but highly detailed anthologies of precedents organized according to the cases they consider. In each instance Coke assembled a large body of cases, outlined their arguments, and explained the reasons for the judgment, using it as a basis for a statement of general principles. Taken together, the Reports form the most extensive and detailed treatment of common law pleading that had yet appeared. A work of immense authority, it was often cited as The Reports, there being no need to mention the author's name. Highlights of the seventh part are the preface, a response to criticism of his speech and charge at the Norwich assizes, and Calvin's Case, which helped to establish the rule of birthright citizenship. English Short-Title Catalogue S125723.
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