Sir Christopher Yelverton's Heavily Annotated Copy Fitzherbert, Sir Anthony [1470-1538]. Rastell, William [1508-1565], Editor. La Nouvelle Natura Brevium du Iuge Tresreverend Monsieur Anthoine Fitzherbert Dernierement Renevve [sic] et Corrigee per Laucteur avecques Une Table Parfaicte des Choses Notables Contenues en Ycelle Nouvelleme[n]t Composee par Guilliaulme Rastell et Iammais par cy Devant Imprimee. London: In Aedibus Richardi Totteli, 1553. , 271,  ff. Octavo (6-1/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf with blind-tooled central panels, holes from removed thong ties to fore-edges, raised bands and later gilt fillets and title to spine, "na:br" in early hand to head of text block. Minor creases, nicks, scratches and cracks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped, head of spine lacking, pastedowns, both with early repairs, loose and worn along fore-edges, moderate toning to interior, faint dampstaining in places, a few cracks to text block. Title printed within woodcut architectural border, contemporary owner signature "C. Yelvertoni" (followed by an erasure) below title, extensive annotations in identical hand throughout text and endleaves. $7,500. * Third edition. First published in 1534, the Nouvelle Natura Brevium is a procedure manual written when Fitzherbert was a judge of common pleas. Winfield notes that "Coke put it among the books which he considered most necessary and of greatest authority and excellency"; Blackstone considered it an authority as well. Compiled from the earlier Natura Brevia and the Registrum Brevium, it includes several original observations on the form and function of writs. Rastell's revisions include the addition of a table. A standard work for decades, it went through numerous editions in Law French and English until the end of teh eighteent century. It remains significant to this day for its descriptions of writs that were becoming obsolete in the early sixteenth century. "C. Yelvertoni" is almost certainly Sir Charles Yelverton [1536-1612], the well-regarded judge who was the speaker of the House of Commons during the reign of Elizabeth I. The annotations range from a few words to severel sentences. The most substantial are summaries of legal points or commentary. Most of the others are case citations. Winfield, Chi.
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