First Edition of "A Book of First Class Importance" Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1643]. The Compleate Copy-Holder. Wherein is Contained a Learned Discourse of the Antiquity and Nature of Manors and Copy-Holds. With all Things Thereto Incident, As. Surrenders. Presentments. Admittances. Forfeitures. Customes, &c. Necessary, Both for the Lord and Tenant. Together, With the Forme of Keeping a Copy-Hold Court, And Court Baron. London: Printed by T. Cotes, for W. Cooke, 1641. [iv], 179 pp. Quarto (6-3/4" x 5-1/4"). Later calf by Zaehnsdorf, blind panels and rules to boards, blind fillets and gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, light fading to spine, corners bumped. Title printed within typographical border. Moderate toning to text, faint offsetting to margins of preliminaries and final leaves of text. A handsome copy. $750. * First edition. A "book of first class importance" according to Jenks, it marks the final triumph of the King's Courts over the feudal courts, virtually putting an end to feudal jurisdiction in England. It was regarded, together with Coke's edition of Littleton, as one of the leading text-books on land law and conveyancing during the 17th and 18th centuries. Jenks, History of English Law 73, 82. English Short-Title Catalogue R1843.
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