"A Profitable Booke" Perkins, John [d.1545]. A Profitable Booke of Master John Perkins, Fellowe of the Inner Temple. Treating of the Lawes of Englande. [London]: Apud Richardum Tottell, . [xx], 168 ff. Octavo (5-1/2" x 3-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules and large central arabesques to boards, rebacked, lettering piece and blind fillets to spine, corners and board edges repaired, blind tooling to inner board edges, endpapers and endleaves renewed. Light wear to boards, some rubbing to joints, front board just starting at head but secure, rear board just starting near foot, both boards secure, corners bumped and somewhat worn, small recent mark in ink to rear pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, minor edgewear to title page, lower corners of a few leaves lacking without loss to text, portion of fore-edge of f. 23 lacking with minor loss to side notes but no loss to main text, light foxing to last few leaves, occasional early annotations and underlining in ink, possible early ownership signatures to title page. $1,250. * Later edition of a work first published in 1528. Main text in Law-French, preface in Latin. A popular work during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries that was held in high regard by Coke, Perkins' Profitable Booke went through numerous editions in both English and Law-French. Devoted mostly to the land law as developed in the Year Books, it is divided into the following topics: grants, deeds, feoffments, exchanges, dower, curtesy, wills, devises, surrenders, reservations, and conditions. The annotations in our copy seem to consist of both case citations and notes on the content. OCLC locates 2 copies of this title, 1 in North America (Yale University). The ESTC adds North American copies at Folger Shakespeare, Harvard Law School, Huntington Library, University of Illinois and University of Minnesota. Holdsworth, History of English Law V:388. English Short-Title Catalogue S110411. Beale, Bibliography of Early English Law Books T423.
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