Includes an Important Early Case Involving Deaf-Mutes C[arter], S[amuel]. Reports of Sevral Special Cases Argued and Resolved in the Court of Common Pleas: in the XVI, XVII, and XIXth Years of King Charles II. In the Time When Sir Orlando Bridgman State Chief Justice There. To Which Are Added, Some Cases Adjudged in the Time of Chief Justice Vaughan, Never Before Printed. London: Printed by W. Rawlings, S. Roycroft [et al.], 1688. [viii], 243, ,  pp. Folio (12-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules and corner fleurons to boards, raised bands, lettering piece and small early shelf labels to spine, gilt tooling to board edges. Light rubbing and a few minor scuffs and marks to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, small chip to foot of spine, rear joint starting at foot, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield and early marking (shelf location?) to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield stamps to preliminaries, early marking to rear pastedown. Moderate toning and light foxing to interior, light browning in places, offsetting to margins of endleaves. $450. * Only edition. Containing cases from 1664 to 1675, this volume is interesting because it contains a significant case dealing with a deaf-mute plaintiff, Martha Elyot. According to a ruling from July 1626, a person born deaf and mute was considered non compos mentis. Elyot confounded this rule because she was clearly intelligent and able to communicate through gesture. On a broader perspective, this report, which refers to an earlier case reported by Bridgman, offers one of the earliest accounts of the history of the education of deaf-mutes in England. Our copy of this title belonged to the Earls of Macclesfield. Housed in Shirbirn Castle, near Watlington, Oxfordshire, it was one of the finest private libraries in Great Britain. Wallace, The Reporters 329. English Short-Title Catalogue R36273.
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