First English-Language Edition of A Profitable Booke Perkins, John [d. 1545]. A Profitable Booke of Mr. Iohn Perkins, Sometimes Fellow of the Inner Temple. Treating of the Lawes of England. And Now Translated Out of French into English for the Benefit of Young Students, And Others. London: Printed by R.B. for M. Wallbanke, 1642. [xxxii], 1-272; 271-388 pp. Octavo (5-1/2" x 4"). Later paneled calf, rebacked, gilt rules to board edges, gilt title and date and blind fillets and ornaments to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, "Perkins" in early hand to fore-edges of text block, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and a few minor stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to head of spine and corners, joints just starting at ends, front hinge cracked, recent owner signature (B. Diamond) to front free endpaper. Moderate toning to text, foot of text block affected by trimming with some loss to text of index, faint dampstaining to a few leaves at beginning of text block, edgewear to preliminaries and final leaves, brief early annotations to a few passages, soiling and two illegible early annotations to title page in tiny hand, corners worn away with minor loss to "e' in "Booke." $450. * First edition in English. A popular work during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries that was held in high regard by Coke, Perkins' Profitable Booke was first published in 1528 and went through numerous editions in both English and Law-French. Devoted mostly to the land law as developed in the Year Books, it is divided into the following topics: grants, deeds, feoffments, exchanges, dower, curtesy, wills, devises, surrenders, reservations, and conditions. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:485 (57).
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