A Selection from Brooke's Abridgement [Brooke, Sir Robert (d.1558)]. Ascuns Novell Cases de les Ans et Temps le Roy, H.8. Ed.6. Et la Roygne Mary, Escrie ex la Graund Abridgement, Compose per Sir Robert Brooke Chivaler &c. La Disperse en les Titles. Mes Icy Collect Sub Ans. [London]: In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli, 1578. [i], 116,  ff. Collates complete. Octavo (5" x 3-1/2"). Recent quarter calf over retained 19th-century marbled boards with calf corners, lettering piece retained, endpapers renewed. Moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to corners, rear hinge cracked, rear endleaves partially detached. Title printed within woodcut architectural border. Moderate toning, somewhat heavier in places, fore-edge trimmed with minor loss to side-notes, minor tears to a few leaves, brief early annotations and underlining in a few places, later owner signatures to title page, which is lightly soiled, as is the verso of the final index leaf. $1,500. * First edition. Also known as Brooke's New Cases, Petit Brook or Bellewe Temp. Henry VIII, this book is a selection of cases from 1514-1558 taken from Brooke's great Abridgement (1568), a digest of more than 20,000 cases and notes from the Year Books, Fitzherbert's Natura Brevium, and other sources. Later editions were published in 1587, 1597, 1604, 1624, 1625, 1628 and 1651. All editions are scarce. No copies of the first edition have appeared at auction since 2014. OCLC locates 7 in North America, all in law libraries (Boston College, Columbia, Georgetown, Social Law, University of Maine, University of Washington, Yale). English Short-Title Catalogue S116228. Beale, Bibliography of Early English Law Books R480.
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