The Macclesfield Copy of Coke's Third and Fourth Institutes Coke, Sir Edward [1552-1643]. The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England: Concerning High Treason, And Other Pleas of the Crown, And Criminal Causes. London: Printed for A. Crooke, W. Leake [et al.], 1669. [viii], 243,  pp. Copperplate portrait frontispiece. [Bound with] Coke, Edward. The Fourth Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England; Concerning the Jurisdiction of Courts. With an Alphabetical Table, Not Heretofore Printed. London: Printed by A. Crooke, W. Leake [et al.], 1669. [x], 364,  pp. Folio (11-1/2" x 7-1/2"). Contemporary paneled calf, raised bands, blind ornaments, lettering piece and two tiny early shelf labels to spine, gilt rules to board edges. Minor nicks and scuffs to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, joints just starting, a few minor chips to spine ends, corners bumped and worn, hinges cracked, front free endpaper neatly removed, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield stamps to preliminaries. Moderate toning, faint dampstaining and dampspotting to lower half of text block, some edgewear and worming to margins of preliminaries of The Third Part, 1/4" strip removed from bottom edge of frontispiece. $850. * Fourth editions. The Third Institutes is devoted to criminal law, with important sections that address how far the Crown can act alone and where it requires the assistance and joint power of Parliament. The Fourth Institutes outlines the authority and jurisdictions of several courts, among them the Court of Star-Chamber, Kings Court, Chancery, the Court of Common Pleas and Arches Court. 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 R26617, R35651.
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