Handsome c.1350 Leaf from a Registrum Brevium [Manuscript]. [Great Britain]. [Leaf from a Registrum Brevium]. [Probably London or Westminster, c. 1350].  pp. Octavo (7-1/2" x 5"). Parchment leaf, light soiling, mostly to margins, a few tiny spots, minor edgewear, faint fold crease to lower outer corner. 33-line single-column text in a small and compact anglicana chancery hand, paragraph marks in red or dark blue, with reference words set off outer margin with same, some capitals of these reference words touched in red, original folio no. 'lxxxxii' in upper outer corner of recto. $5,000. * This handsome leaf is from a manuscript collections of sample writs, the documents necessary to initiate legal actions. A cornerstone of the common law, these collections were an essential tool for lawyers in medieval England. Some were compiled from several sources or copied from other examples. The source of our leaf appears to be a copy of a widely circulated collection dating from the reign of Edward III [1327-1377]. Known as the Registrum Brevium, it was the source of the first printed collection of writs, which was published in 1494 by Richard Pynson.
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