"A Book of the Highest Authority" Hale, Sir Matthew [1609-1676]. Emlyn, Sollen [1697-1754], Editor. Wilson, George [, Editor. Historia Placitorum Coronae: The History of the Pleas of the Crown. Published From the Original Manuscripts by Sollom Emlyn, Of Lincoln's-Inn, Esq. A New Edition: Carefully Revised and Corrected; With Additional Notes And References To Modern Cases Concerning The Pleas Of The Crown. Together with an Abridgement of the Statutes Concerning Felonies Which Have Been Enacted Since the First Publication of This Work. By George Wilson, Serjeant at Law. London: Printed for T. Payne, P. Uriel, W. Owen [et al.], 1778. Two volumes. [viii], xix, , 729, ; [viii], 414,  pp. Octavo (9" x 5-1/2"). Contemporary calf, blind fillets to boards, raised bands, lettering pieces and blind-stamped volume numbers to spines, which are varnished, boards and free endpapers detached. Moderate rubbing to boards, corners worn, chipping to spine ends, aromorial bookplate (James Barrow) to front pastedowns, early owner signature (Wm. Sharp) to front pastedown of Volume II. Moderate toning to interiors, light foxing in a few places. $250. * Second edition. First published in 1736, Hale's unfinished Historia was the first attempt at a history of English criminal law. Although Hale had planned to write this work in three books, only the first was completed before his death. The subjects covered in this part are capital offenses, treasons and felonies. As Holdsworth notes, this book "so far as it extends, gives a complete presentment of this branch of the law, both in its development and in its condition at Hale's own time.... Ever since its first publication it has been regarded as a book of the highest authority." Thomas Jefferson owned a copy of this edition. Holdsworth, Sources and Literature of English Law 152-53. Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 1946; English Short-Title Catalogue T109135.
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