"Long a Model to Future Makers of Abridgments" Rolle, Sir Henry [1589-1656]. [Hale, Sir Matthew (1609-1676), Editor]. Un Abridgment des Plusiers Cases et Resolutions del Common Ley: Alphabeticalment Digest Desouth Severall Titles. Ouesque un Table des General Titles Contenus en Ceo. London: Printed for A. Crooke, W. Leake, [et al.], 1668. Two parts. [xvi], 688, 725-940; 180, 171-232, 223-224, 245-524, 545-836,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Pagination irregular, text continuous. Folio (13-3/4" x 9"). First part: later reversed calf, blind frames with corner fleurons to boards, raised bands and recent lettering piece to spine. Minor stains, nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn, recent repair to head of spine. Second part: recent quarter calf over cloth, retained calf panels from eighteenth-century binding mounted to boards, raised bands and lettering piece, that matched that of first part, to spine, endpapers renewed. Some rubbing to calf panels, corners and spine ends lightly bumped. Light to moderate toning, some edgewear to preliminaries, to sections of second part, recent repairs to upper corners of title page and following two leaves of first part, occasional light foxing and brief annotations in contemporary hand to second part. $1000. * Only edition. The third, and last, abridgment to contain Year Book cases, this work was consulted and cited as frequently as the abridgments of Fitzherbert and Brooke. "[Rolle] marks a new departure in the literature of abridgments. The older abridgments had simply digested Year Book cases under alphabetical headings. Their great defect was the heterogeneous character of the entries collected under each alphabetical head. (...) Rolle's Abridgment to some extent remedied this defect--each topic was divided...into separate headings. But what distinguishes it more markedly from the abridgments of the older type is the fact that it is more than a digest of case law. It contains summaries both of Parliamentary records and of statutes; And therefore it comes nearer than the old abridgments came to being a digest of the whole law. For both these reasons it was long a model to future makers of abridgments. (...) [Hale's Preface] is a valuable historical summary of the development of the common law up to th.
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