The Macclesfield Copy of Coke's Landmark Commentary on Magna Carta Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1634]. The Second Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England. Containing the Exposition of Many Ancient, And Other Statutes; Whereof You May See the Particulars in a Table Following. London: Printed for A. Crooke, W. Leake, A. Roper, [et al.], 1669. [x], 745,  pp. With the copperplate portrait frontispiece, bound with some copies, which is not noted in the ESTC record. Folio (11-3/4" x 7-1/4"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands, blind fillets, lettering piece and two tiny early shelf labels to spine, gilt rules to board edges, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block. Moderate rubbing to boards and extremities, a few small chips to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield stamps to preliminaries. Moderate toning, light browning and foxing in places, light soiling, minor stains and corner folds to preliminaries and final leaves of text. $650. * Third edition. The Second Part of the Institutes, an exposition of "many ancient and other statutes" including those of Magna Carta, was published by order of the House of Commons after the author's death. It is a landmark work because it offered a novel interpretation of Magna Carta. Reflecting contemporary struggles between the king and Parliament, Coke presented the charter as the ancient constitution of England, one that established the fundamental rights of Englishmen and placed royal power under the laws of the land. Perhaps the most famous section is Coke's commentary on the 29th chapter, in which he traced the origins of trial by jury and the right of habeas corpus. Housed in Shirbirn Castle, near Watlington, Oxfordshire, the library of the Macclesfields was one of the finest private libraries in Great Britain. English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) R30266.
Book number 73595