"Nobilitie of the Realme" [Bird, William]. Judge Dodaridge, His Law of Nobility and Peerage. Wherein the Antiquities, Titles, Degrees, And Distinctions; Concerning the Peeres and Nobility of this Nation, Are Excellently Set Forth. With the Knights, Esquires, Gentlemen, And Yeomen; And Matters Incident to Them, According to the Lawes and Customes of England. London: Printed for L. Chapman, 1658. [vi], 56, 65-114, 139-170, 105-158 pp. Pagination irregular. Lacking final leaf, a blank. Leaf with unidentified copperplate coat of arms added before title page as frontispiece. Woodcut text illustrations of genealogical relationships. Octavo (6-1/4" x 4"). Recent period-style quarter calf over cloth, raised bands and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed. Moderate toning to text, occasional light foxing, faint dampstaining to a few leaves, moderate edgewear, early signatures (Marmaduke Lawson, others illegible) and doodles to preliminaries and final leaves of text, another (illegible) early owner signature to head of p. 17. $450. * First and only edition, a revised and expanded version of Bird's Treatise of the Nobilitie of the Realme (1642). The occasion for this treatise was a contemporary controversy regarding the legitimacy of Edward Nevill's claim to the title of Lord Bergavenny. His claim is the starting point for a general review of peerage law. Another edition, with additions by Sir John Doddridge, was published later in 1642 as The Magazine of Honour; Or, A Treatise of the Severall Degrees of the Nobility of this Kingdome. Bird's 1658 edition draws on this work, which is why its title refers to Dodderidge and "his law." OCLC locates 7 copies in North American law libraries (Columbia, Harvard, Library of Congress, Nova Scotia Legislative Library, University of Cincinnati, University of Minnesota, University of Pennsylvania). The frontispiece in our copy appears to be a later addition. It falls outside of the book's collation, is not called for in the ESTC record and does not match the copies listed on OCLC. English Short-Title Catalogue R11125.
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