The First History of the Common Law Hale, Sir Matthew [1609-1676]. The History of the Common Law. With Notes, References, and Some Account of the Life of the Author by Charles Runnington. London: Printed by William Strahan and M. Woodfall, 1779. [viii], xl, , 304, ; [xii], 114,  pp. Two volumes in one. The second, An Analysis of the Civil Part of the Law has separate title page, index and pagination. Octavo (9-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Recent quarter cloth over marbled boards with contrasting speckled-paper corners, printed paper title label to spine, endpapers renewed. Light toning to interior, light soiling to heads of a few leaves, light edgewear to preliminaries and final few leaves, ownership signature (of J.G. Williams[?], 1779) to head of title page. An attractive copy. $750. * Fourth edition, corrected. First published in 1713, Hale's History of the Common Law was the first book on the subject. "Hale's wide reading gave him a sense of historical perspective, which enabled him to map out the important epochs. Sketch as it is his history is living history because its author had a clear view of its whole course.": Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 151-152. English Short-Title Catalogue T100933.
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