First Edition of a Highly Respected Reporter Raymond, Sir Thomas [1627-1683]. The Reports Of Divers Special Cases Adjudged In The Courts Of Kings Bench, Common Pleas, & Exchequer, In the Reign of King Charles II. Printed from the Original Manuscript, Written in His Own Hand. With Two Tables, One of the Principal Matters, And the Other of the Names of the Cases. London: Rich. & Edw. Atkins, 1696. [i], 506,  pp. Folio (12" x 8"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, blind fillets along joints, 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 with some wear to spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, armorial bookplate of the Earls of Macclesfield to front pastedown, small embossed Macclesfield stamps to preliminaries, armorial bookplate of Thomas Parker, 1st Earl of Macclesfield to verso of title page, early markings to front free endpaper and rear pastedown. Moderate toning to interior, light foxing in places, offsetting to margins of endleaves. $750. * First edition. A highly respected set of reports, these cover the years 1660 to 1684 and extend back with some interruption to 1653. Sir Thomas Raymond sat as judge of the Courts of Common Pleas and King's Bench only briefly, at the end of his career. But he left superior manuscript accounts of cases heard in these courts in earlier times when he was a barrister of Gray's Inn. His reports were held in high regard by Holdsworth and Wallace. 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. Thomas Parker [1666-1732], the first Earl of Macclesfield was a hugely successful lawyer and Whig MP. He became Lord Chief Justice of England in 1710 and, in 1718, Lord Chancellor. Unfortunately, his meteoric rise was countered by an equally rapid fall in 1725 when he was impeached and found guilty of financial irregularities as Lord Chancellor. Holdsworth, History of English Law VI:560. Wallace, The Reporters 304. English Short-Title Catalogue R9906.
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