Early Edition of Coke's Fourth Institutes [C] Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1634]. The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. London: Printed...by M. Flesher, For W. Lee, and D. Pakeman, 1648. [xvi], 364,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. Folio (11" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary sheep, rebacked in period-style calf, blind rules to boards, gilt title, gilt-edged raised bands and gilt publication date to spine, existing endpapers retained. Light rubbing and a few shallow scuffs to boards, heavier rubbing to board edges with wear to corners, hinges cracked, illegible recent owner inscription to front pastedown, owner annotations and signature (of Thomas Thornhill, dated 1703) to preliminaries. Light browning to text, faint stains in a few places, light soiling to preliminaries and rear endleaves, which have offsetting and edgewear to margins and, to the rear endleaves, chipping. $750. * Second edition, one of two issues, both from 1648. Coke's deeply influential Institutes of the Laws of England, which eventually comprised four volumes, are thought to be the first textbooks on the modern common law. Taken together, they are a virtual legal encyclopedia of the law as it stood in Coke's lifetime. First published in 1644, The Fourth Part outlines the authority and jurisdictions of the Court of Star-Chamber, Kings Court, Chancery, the Court of Common Pleas, Ecclesiastical Courts, Courts of Exchequer, Augmentations, Admiralty, the Justices Assize, Courts in Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, Court of the Commissioners Upon the Statute of Bankrupts, the Marshalsea, the Stannaries, the Eighteen Courts of the City of London, the Court of Pipowders (concerning Markets and Fairs), the Courts of the Forest Countries, various ecclesiastical courts and many more. English Short-Title Catalogue R504744.
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