Copy of the First Edition of Littleton with Parallel Texts in English and Law-French with Interesting Associations Littleton, Sir Thomas [d. 1481]. Littleton's Tenures, In French and English. With an Alphabetical Table of the Principal Matters Therein Contained. London: Printed by John Streater, James Flesher and Henry Twyford, Assigns of Richard Atkins, And Edward Atkins, 1671. [xxii], 360, 371-436 (i.e. 426),  pp. Pagination irregular, text complete. Main text in parallel columns. 12mo. (5" x 3"). Nineteenth-century morocco, gilt frames to boards, gilt fillets, ornaments and title to spine, gilt edges, gilt tooling to board edges, gilt inside dentelles, marbled endpapers. Light rubbing to extremities, small scuff to head of spine, corners bumped and lightly worn, armorial bookplate of William Everett to front pastedown, armorial bookplate of Edward Everett to front free endpaper, small owner label (of Charles Sidney Ensign) to verso of front free endpaper, other owner signatures, among them Edmund T. Dana, to front endleaves, signature of Edmund Trowbridge to head of title page. Light toning to text, slightly heavier in places. A choice copy. $1,500. * First edition with parallel texts in English and Law French. Written during the reign of Edward IV [1442-1483] and first published around 1481, Littleton's Tenures is probably the most revered treatise in the history of the common law. Much admired for its learning and style, it is concerned with tenures and other issues relating to real property. This venerable work, which Coke called "the ornament of the Common Law, and the most perfect and absolute work that ever was written in any humane science," is considered a landmark because it renounced the principles of Roman law (and Latin) in favor of guidelines and doctrines drawn from the Year Books and, when necessary, hypothetical cases. This copy belonged to several distinguished Bostonians. Edmund Trowbridge [1709-1793] was an associate justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court of Judicature. His nephew, Edmund T. Dana [1779-1859] was a distinguished lawyer, man of letters, and brother of Richard Henry Dana, Jr. [1815-1882], the author and jurist. Edward Everett [1794-1865] was a US Representative, US Senator, Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain and US Secretary of S.
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