First Edition of a Notable Abridgment of Coke's Reports [C] Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1634]. Ireland, Sir Thomas, Editor. An Exact Abridgment in English, Of the Eleven Books of Reports of the Learned Sir Edward Coke, Knight, Late Lord Chiefe Justice of England, and of the Councel of Estate to His Majestie, King James. Composed by the Judicious, Sir Thomas Ireland, Knight, Late of Grayes Inne, And an Ancient Reader of that Honourable Societie. Wherein is Briefly Contained the Very Substance and Marrow of All Those Reports, Together with the Resolutions on Every Case. Also a Perfect Table for the Finding of the Names of All Those Cases, And the Principall Matters Therein Contained. Very Usefull for all Men, Especially the Students and Practisers of that Honourable Profession. London: Printed by M. Simmons, For Matthew Walbancke, At Grayes Inne Gate, and H. Twyford, 1650. [xxii], 427 [i.e. 443],  pp. (p.443 misnumbered 427). Octavo (5-3/4" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, corners mended, existing endpapers retained. Moderate rubbing and edgewear and some staining to boards, a bit of rodent (?) damage to lower outside corner of front board. Moderate toning to text, faint dampstaining in a few places, early owner signature (Roger Moodo) in tiny hand to foot of title page, recent owner signature (Diane Parker-Spear 1985) to head of front pastedown. $650. * First edition, one of two issues from 1650. Written between 1572 and 1616, Coke's reports are not reports in the conventional sense but highly detailed anthologies of precedents organized by topic. In each instance Coke assembled a large body of cases, outlined their arguments, and explained the reasons for the judgment, using it as a basis for a statement of general principles. They are, in effect, a series of treatises on the points of law adjudged. A work of immense authority, it was often cited as The Reports, there being no need to mention the author's name. His accounts, especially of pleadings, were esteemed for their clarity and usefulness as stylistic models for students. And his selection of cases, cited frequently in subsequent years, has served as the starting point for numerous decisions. Ireland's well-regarded digest went through later edi.
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