1594 Edition of Rastell's Statutes Rastell, William [1508-1565], Compiler. A Collection in English, Of the Statutes Now in Force, Continued from the Beginning of Magna Charta, Made in the 9. Yeere of the Reigne of King H.3. Untill the Ende of the Parliament Holden in the 35. Yeere of the Reigne of Our Gratious Queene Elizabeth, Under Titles Placed by Order of Alphabet: Wherein is Perfourmed (Touching the Statutes Wherewith Iustices of the Peace Have to Deale) so Much as was Promised in the Booke of Their Office Lately Published.... Hereunto is Added Two Tables: The One...Declaring Under Titles by Order of Alphabet the Substance of Such Referments as Stood at the Ende of Eche Title in the First Collection of Statutes, Set Forth by Master Iustice Rastal. And in this Table, The Title of Iustices of the Peace is Specially Perused and Amended, For Their More Easie Finding of Matters in this Booke, Concerning Their Authoritie. In the Other Table...Are Set Downe by Order of the Kings Reignes, The Severall Times of Their Parliaments, Together with the Sundry Chapters and Intitulings of the Particular Statutes in Every of the Same: Whereby the Reader May Easily Finde Under what Title, And in What Leafe of this Booke, Any of These Statutes be Placed: And May Also...Readily See, What, And How Many Statutes in Eche Kings Reigne, Doe Concerne the Iustices of Peace, And in What Leafe of this Booke to Finde Them. London: Imprinted...by the Deputies of Christopher Barker, 1594. [xxx], 552,  ff. Main text in parallel columns. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"). Later calf incorporating sections of original boards, raised bands, gilt title and gilt publication date to spine, endpapers renewed, lower outside corners of title page and following leaf mended with no loss to text. Moderate toning to interior, faint dampstaining to margins in several places, light soiling to preliminaries and a few other places, inkspots and brief annotations to a few leaves. An impressive volume. $3,000. * Rastell first published his great collection of statutes from Magna Carta to the present in 1557. It was updated periodically, the final edition appearing in 1625. As the title indicates, it had finding aids to facilitate its use by justices of the peace. "It is partly of the nature of an edition of the Statutes at large, as the e.
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