From the Library of George Dunn: Years 17 and 18, Hilary Terms, of Edward III, Beale 6 and 9 [Year Book]. Edward III [Reigned 1312-1377]. De Termino Hillarii. Anno. XVII. Edwardi Tertii. [Drop Head Title]. [London: Richard Tottell, 1561]. 80 ff. [Bound with] Edward III. De Termino Hillarii. Anno. XVIII. Edwardi Tertii. [Drop Head Title]. [London: Richard Tottell, 1561]. 59,  ff. Folio (10-3/4" x 7-1/4"). Nineteenth-century pebbled cloth, gilt fillets and title to spine with hand-lettered paper spine label at head, endpapers renewed. A few minor nicks and stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with light wear to spine ends and corners, which are bumped, front joint starting at head, tear to front pastedown with later bookplate reading "From the Library of George Dunn of Wooley Hall near Maidenhead" at foot, Dunn's initials dated 1884 to front free endpaper. Moderate toning to interior, occasional worming and faint dampstaining to margins, crack in text block between items. Some leaves have underlining and brief case references in early hands, final leaf of Anno XVII has a later annotation, possibly by Dunn, in pencil. $2,000. * It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the Year Books. As a series of notes on debates and points of pleadings in Norman England they are of crucial primary sources for our knowledge of medieval common law. They also provide a richly detailed portrait of contemporary English life, customs and manners. The origin of the Year Books is unknown. Some scholars believe the earliest volumes were notes transcribed by law students for study and for the use of lawyers in later cases while others maintain they were made by lawyers. Though it is not known when the first manuscript volumes were compiled, the cases date from the 1270s to 1535. Printed editions of the Year Books were first issued by William de Machlinia between 1481 and 1482. The present volume belongs to the so-called "Quarto Edition." Not a set or edition in the conventional sense, these volumes were issued separately with various dates and impressions between 1522 and 1619. George Dunn [1865-1912] was an important nineteenth-century English book collector who amassed a vast library of early legal manuscripts and printed books at his home in Wooley Hall. A portion of his.
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