Copy of a Work Praised by Coke and Blackstone with Contemporary Annotations [Fitzherbert, Anthony (1470-1538)]. [Rastell, William (c.1508-1565). Editor]. La Novel Natura Brevium du Iudge Tresreverende Monsieur Anthony Fitzherbert, Dernierement Revieu & Corrigee per Laucteur, Avecques un Table Perfect, Des Choses Notables Contenues en Ycel, Novelment Compose per Guilliaulme Rastall. London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1609. [xxxii], 271 ff. Octavo (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary limp vellum with remnants of green fabric ties, faint early (illegible) title to spine in ink. Exterior soiled, a few neat repairs to binding, a few small wormholes to rear cover, a few small cracks to joints, front endleaves lacking, rear pastedown loose. Light toning to interior, light worming and faint dampstaining and soiling to margins in a few places, several cracks to text block, title page, rear pastedown and several other leaves mended, some loss to text of title page, contemporary annotations in Law French throughout in two neat hands, manuscript note in English to separate 3-1/2" x 5-3/4" sheet laid in. $1,500. * Fourth edition. First published in 1534, the Nouvelle Natura Brevium is a manual of procedure written by a Judge of the Common Pleas during the reign of Henry VIII. Winfield notes that "Coke put it among the books which he considered most necessary and of greatest authority and excellency"; Blackstone considered it an authority as well. Compiled from the earlier Natura Brevia and the Registrum Brevium, it includes several original observations on the form and function of writs. Rastell's revisions include the addition of a table. A popular work, it went through numerous editions in Law French and English, the final appearing in 1794. It remains significant to this day for its descriptions of writs that were becoming obsolete in the early sixteenth century. The numerous annotations to our copy mostly consist of case citations with a few notes on the content. The separate sheet describes a legal problem with the estate of Sir Maurice Eustace [c.1590-1665]. English Short-Title Catalogue S5134.
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