Fascining Insights into the Political, Social, Legal and Commercial Life of Medieval London Carpenter, John [d.1441]. Whittington, Richard [d.1423] Riley, Henry Thomas [1816-1878], Translator. Liber Albus: The White Book of the City of London. Compiled A.D. 1419, By J. Carpenter, Common Clerk, R. Whitington, Mayor. Translated from the Original Latin and Anglo-Norman, by H.T. Riley. London: Richard Griffin and Company, 1861. x, , 660 pp. Quarto (8-1/2" x 6-3/4"). Contemporary quarter morocco over cloth, gilt title to spine, top-edge gild. Moderate rubbing to extremities, a few nicks to spine, corners lightly bumped, contemporary armorial bookplate (of John Harrison) to front pastedown, front hinge just starting at head. Light toning to text, light foxing to a few leaves. $350. * First edition as an independent work, originally published in 1858 as Volume I of the three-volume Munimenta Gildhallae Londoniensis. A compilation of laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations, the Liber Albus is a fascinating digest of information concerning social, political and commercial activity in London from the twelfth to the early fifteenth century. OCLC locates 1 copy in a North American law library (UC-Berkeley) British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 21:665.
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