Cobbett's State Trials [Trials]. [Cobbett, William (1763-1835)]. Howell, Thomas Bayly [1768-1815], Editor. [Howell, Thomas Jones [1793-1858], Editor. Jardine, David [1794-1860], Compiler of Index. Cobbett's Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. London: Printed by T.C. Hansard, Published by R. Bagshaw [and other publishers], 1809-1828. 34 volumes. Volumes 11-33 have title beginning: A Complete Collection of State Trials... Volume 34 is an index. Main text in parallel columns. Complete set. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Later quarter calf over cloth, gilt titles and ornaments to spines, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, some spines darkened, a few have light nicks and minor scuffs, moderate toning and occasional light foxing to interiors. An attractive set. $3,500. * This was the fifth, final and best collection of state trials. Holdsworth, for one, considers it "an invaluable collection of nearly all the important criminal trials and constitutional cases, and of some important civil cases, which have some bearing upon public law." It incorporates Francis Hargrave's Collection of State Trials, an eleven-volume collection published between 1776 and 1781. (Hargrave's edition incorporated three earlier collections.) The majority of the cases are from the King's Bench, and many are not reported elsewhere. The coverage is chronological from Thomas Becket in 1163 through 1820. According to Sweet & Maxwell and the Harvard Law Catalogue, the first twelve volumes were compiled by William Cobbett. Wallace and Marvin dispute this claim. They say Cobbett was simply a general editor who hired Thomas Howell and his son to do the actual work. (Howell's son completed the project after his father's death.) Holdsworth, A History of English Law XII: 130. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:960. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:370. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 660-661. Wallace, The Reporters 67-68.
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