The First Set of Reports Devoted to Criminal Law Kelyng, Sir John [d. 1671], Reporter. A Report of Divers Cases in Pleas of the Crown, Adjudged and Determined; In the Reign of the Late King Charles II. With Directions for Justices of the Peace and Others. Collected by Sir John Kelyng, Knt. Late Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench. From the Original Manuscript, Under His Own Hand. To Which is Added the Reports of Three Modern Cases, Viz. Armstrong and Lisle; The King and Plumer; The Queen and Mawgridge. London: Printed for Isaac Cleave, 1708. [vi], 138,  pp. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, raised bands and retained contemporary lettering piece to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few shallow scuffs to boards, faint crease to upper corner of front board, moderate rubbing to board edges, corners bumped and somewhat worn, faint crack from crease and early armorial bookplate of Thomas de Grey to front pastedown, hinges cracked. Moderate toning, occasional light soiling to upper margins, faint dampspotting in a few places, light soiling and a few minor stains to title page. $150. * Only edition. The first set of reports devoted entirely to criminal law, these reports were collected after Kelyng's death and published by Justice Holt in 1708. Kelyng, a lawyer who specialized in criminal cases, became a judge of the King's Bench in 1663 was made Chief Justice of that court in 1665. The cases cover the years 1662 to 1669. Wallace says he was considered "a learned, faithful and resolute judge." This work was reissued in 1739. A second reissue was published in Dublin in 1789. This book belonged to either Thomas de Grey [1680-1765] or his son, who shared his name [1717-1781]. Both men were substantial landowners and Members of Parliament. Wallace, The Reporters 328. English Short-Title Catalogue T121547.
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