Best Edition of A Complete Collection of State Trials [Trials]. [Cobbett, William (1763-1835)]. Howell, Thomas Bayly [1768-1815], Editor. [Howell, Thomas Jones [1793-1858], Editor. Jardine, David [1794-1860], Compiler of Index. A Complete Collection of State Trials and Proceedings for High Treason and Other Crimes and Misdemeanors from the Earliest Period to the Year , With Notes and Illustrations. London: Printed by T.C. Hansard, Published by R. Bagshaw [and other publishers], 1816-1828. 34 volumes, complete set. Main text in parallel columns. Complete set. Octavo (9-1/4" x 6"). Contemporary three-quarter calf over marbled boards, raised bands and lettering pieces to spines, speckled edges. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, wear to spine ends and corners of some volumes, front joint of Volume 8 partially cracked. Light to moderate toning to interiors, occasional light foxing, early signature (Warner) to front endleaf of Volume 2. $2,000. * Also known as "Cobbett's State Trials," this was the fifth, final and best collection of state trials. It incorporates Francis Hargrave's Collection of State Trials, an eleven-volume collection published between 1776 and 1781. (Hargrave's edition incorporated three earlier collections.) The majority of the cases are from the King's Bench, and many are not reported elsewhere. The coverage is chronological from Thomas Becket in 1163 through 1820. According to Sweet & Maxwell and the Harvard Law Catalogue, the first twelve volumes were compiled by William Cobbett. Wallace and Marvin dispute this claim. They say Cobbett was simply a general editor who hired Thomas Howell and his son to do the actual work. (Howell's son completed the project after his father's death.) Later printings, such as the present set, attribute every volume to the Howells. Catalogue of the Library of the Harvard Law School (1909) I:960. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:370. Marvin, Legal Bibliography 660-661. Wallace, The Reporters 67-68.
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