An Important Early English Contribution to Comparative Law Fulbecke [Fulbeck], William (1560-1603?). A Parallele or Conference of the Civil Law, The Canon Law, And the Common Law of this Realme of England. Wherein the Agreement and Disagreement of these Three Lawes, And the Causes and Reasons of the said Agreement and Disagreement, Are Opened and Discussed. Digested in Sundry Dialogues by William Fulbecke. At the end of these Dialogues is Annexed a Table of the Sections or Divisions of the Principall Points, Matters, and Questions, Which are Handled in Every Dialogue. London: Printed by [Adam Islip for] Thomas Wight, 1601. [xii], 104,  ff. [Bound with] The Second Part of the Parallele, Or Conference of the Civill Law, The Canon Law, And the Common Law of this Realme of England. Wherein the Agreement and Disagreement of These Three Lawes Touching Divers Matters Not Before Conferred, Is at Large Debated and Discussed. Whereunto is Annexed a Table Contayning the Principall Questions, Matters, And Pointes of the Dialogues Ensuing. Handled in Seaven Dialogues, By William Fulbecke. London: Printed by [Adam Islip for] Thomas Wight, 1602. [viii], 74,  ff. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Contemporary calf, rebacked in period style, blind rules to boards, gilt fillets and title to spine, corners and bottom edge of front board mended, existing endpapers retained. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks to boards, free endpapers loose and somewhat edgeworn, four owner signatures (two of them dated 1651 and 1794) to front pastedown, brief early owner annotation (noting the price paid for this copy) to rear endleaf. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling to title pages, some offsetting and a few minor chips to margins of preliminaries of A Parallele. $5,000. * First editions. Both a civilian (civil lawyer) and a member of Gray's Inn, Fulbecke was one of the most interesting legal authors of his time. Also a playwright, it is likely that he knew Shakespeare through one of the Inns of Court plays, masques or revels, in which it is believed both were involved. There is evidence that Shakespeare was familiar with Fulbecke's legal works and used them as sources in his plays, particularly in King Lear. The Parallele is a remarkable early example of comparative law. It demonstrates the similarities and differences.
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