The First Set of Reports Devoted to Criminal Law Kelyng, Sir John [d. 1671], Reporter. A Report of Divers Cases in Pleas of the Crown, Adjudged and Determined; In the Reign of the Late King Charles II. With Directions for Justices of the Peace and Others. Collected by Sir John Kelyng, Knt. Late Lord Chief Justice of His Majesty's Court of King's Bench. From the Original Manuscript, Under His Own Hand. To Which is Added the Reports of Three Modern Cases, Viz. Armstrong and Lisle; The King and Plumer; The Queen and Mawgridge. London: Printed for Isaac Cleave, 1708. [iv], 138,  pp. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-1/2"). Recent period-style three-quarter imitation calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt and black-stamped fillets, lettering piece and date to spine, blind tooling to edges of calf sections, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with light wear to corners, which are slightly bumped, front hinge cracked. Moderate toning to interior, occasional faint dampspotting, light foxing to first few leaves, light soiling in a few places, tear to margin of leaf E2 (pp. 15-16) with no loss to text. $200. * Only edition. The first set of reports devoted entirely to criminal law, these reports were collected after Kelyng's death and published by Justice Holt in 1708. Kelyng, a lawyer who specialized in criminal cases, became a judge of the King's Bench in 1663 was made Chief Justice of that court in 1665. The cases cover the years 1662 to 1669. Wallace says he was considered "a learned, faithful and resolute judge." This work was reissued in 1739. A second reissue was published in Dublin in 1789. Wallace, The Reporters 328. English Short-Title Catalogue T121547.
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