First Edition of Bacon's Elements of the Common Laws of England Bacon, Sir Francis [1561-1626]. The Elements of the Common Lawes of England, Branched Into a Double Tract: The One Contayning a Collection of Some Principall Rules and Maximes of the Common Law, With Their Latitude and Extent. Explicated for the More Facile Introduction of Such as are Studiously Addicted to that Noble Profession. The Other the Use of the Common Law, For Preservation of Our Persons, Goods, And Good Names. According to the Lawes and Customes of this Land. London: Printed by [Robert Young for] the Assignes of I. More Esq., 1630. [xxiv], 104; , 84 pp. Two parts, each with title page and pagination, second part titled The Use of the Law. Quarto (7" x 5-1/2"). Nineteenth-century three-quarter morocco over cloth, raised bands and gilt title to spine, top-edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Faint dampstaining to boards near top-edges, moderate rubbing to extremities, small chip to head of spine, front joint and hinge just starting at ends, corners bumped, title page and final leaf re-hinged. Toning to text, edgewear and light soiling to preliminaries and final leaves of text, repair to lower corner of leaf D4 (pp. 22-23 of first part) below text. Two illegible later owner signatures to front endleaf, one struck through, another struck-through signature to title page. $1,000. * First edition. Bacon, one of the great intellectuals of his era, held the posts of Solicitor General, Attorney General and Lord Chancellor during the reign of James I. The Elements of the Common Laws of England is the general title for a work that is comprised of two different treatises: A Collection of Some Principall Rules and Maximes of the Common Lawes of England and The Use of the Law, Provided for the Preservation of Our Persons, Goods and Good Names. The first contains a set of twenty-five maxims, or regulae, one of the earliest, if not first, collection of maxims on English law. These maxims are remarkable for their stylistic vigor, intellectual rigor, meticulousness and clarity. The Regulae was intended to be the first part of De Regulis Juris, a codification of English law that Bacon never completed. This is quite unfortunate, observes Holdsworth, because "he alone had the philosophical capacity, the historical knowledge.
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