An Authority Second Only to the Year Books Dyer, Sir James [1512-1582]. Cy Ensuont Ascuns Novel Cases, Collectes per le Iades Tresreverend Iudge, Mounsieur Iasques Dyer, Chiefe Iustice del Common Banke. London: In Aedibus Richardi Tottelli, 1592. [iv], 62, 65-377,  ff. Complete. Folio (11" x 7-1/2"). Near-contemporary speckled calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and later blank paper label to spine, gilt rules to board edges, edges rouged, endleaves renewed. Binding slightly cocked, light rubbing and a few minor spots, nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, front joint starting at ends (neatly mended at foot), rear joint starting at head, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges cracked, early ownership signatures to front free endpaper (Edmund Pollexfen) and title page (Nicholas Pollexfen). Title page printed within woodcut border. Light toning to interior, light soiling and faint stains to a few pages, fold lines to corners of several leaves, first three leaves reinforced at gutter, title page and following leaf lightly soiled and edgeworn at lower right corner without loss, light creasing to final leaf. Occasional brief annotations in at least two early hands, a few affected slightly by trimming. An appealing copy. $3,000. * Second edition. First published in 1585, Dyer's Ascuns Novel Cases, generally known as Dyer's Reports, contain cases heard in the Courts of Common Pleas, King's Bench, Exchequer and Chancery from 1513 to 1582. One of the first publications of its kind, it was also the first to be referred to regularly as "Reports." A work of great authority (second only to that of the Year Books), it went through six editions in Law-French, the last one in 1688. The annotations to our copy are case citations. English Short-Title Catalogue S111772. Beale, A Bibliography of Early English Law Books R482.
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