Years 12-14 of Henry VIII, Beale R425 [Year Book]. Henry VIII [Reigned 1509-1547]. De Termino Trinitatis Anno Regni Regis Henrici Octavi. XII [-XIV]. [Drop Head Title]. [London: Imprynted...in Fletestrete Within Temple Barre at the Signe of the Hande and Starre, By Rychard Tottell. Anno., 1569]. xvi; xxxi,  ff. Folio (9-1/2" x 6-1/2"). Recent quarter calf over marbled boards, gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards and extremities, light toning to interior, fold lines and light soiling to a few leaves. An attractive volume. $1,600. * It is difficult to overestimate the importance of the Year Books. As a series of notes on debates and points of pleadings in Norman England they are of crucial primary sources for our knowledge of medieval common law. They also provide a richly detailed portrait of contemporary English life, customs and manners. The origin of the Year Books is unknown. Some scholars believe they were notes compiled by law students for study while others maintain they were made by lawyers for use in pleading. Though it is not known when the first manuscript volumes were compiled, extant examples date from the 1270s to 1535. Printed editions of the Year Books were first issued by William de Machlinia between 1481 and 1482. The present volume, which covers regnal years 12-14, belongs to the so-called "Quarto Edition." Not a set or edition in the conventional sense, these volumes were issued separately with various dates and impressions between 1522 and 1619. English Short-Title Catalogue S101239. Beale, Bibliography of Early English Law Books R425.
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