Coke's Reports in Verse Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1634]. [Worrall, John (d.1771), Editor]. The Reports of Sir Edward Coke, Knt. In Verse; Wherein the Name of Each Case and the Principal Points are Contained in Two Lines. To Which are Added, References in the Margin to All the Editions of the Said Reports; And Two Tables--One of the Names of the Cases and the Other of the Principal Matters. With a Life of Sir Edward Coke. London: Printed for R. Pheney, 1826. xxxiii,  pp. This copy has the stipple-engraved portrait frontispiece and added title page issued with some copies. 12mo. (5-1/2" x 3-1/4"). Recent period-style three-quarter calf over marbled boards, untrimmed edges, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves, faint dampstaining to preliminaries. $450. * Third and final edition. First published in 1742, this was edited from an anonymous manuscript by John Worrall. In the introduction to a later reprint of this book, J. Wesley Miller said this was "the most conspicuous early volume of English legal poetry.... [I]t cast the holdings of the first eleven Parts of Coke's Reports...into heroic couplets and thereby forged a link between law and poetry which would culminate in John Anstey's The Pleader's Guide (1796) and John Crisp's The Conveyancer's Guide (1821).": Hein, 1999 iii-iv. The issue with the portrait frontispiece and added title page is overlooked in the standard bibliographies. See, for example, Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:297.
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