Copy of the Only Abridgment of Doctor and Student with Contemporary Annotations Saint German, Christopher [1460?-1540]. An Exact Abridgement of That Excellent Treatise Called Doctor and Student. London: Printed by [John Haviland for] the Assignes of Iohn More Esquire, And are Sold by Mathew Walbancke, At Grayes Inne Gate, 1630.  pp. Octavo (5-1/4" x 3-1/2"). Recent period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, blind fillets and gilt title to spine, endpapers renewed. Minor worming to upper-inside corner of rear board, rear joint just starting at foot. Moderate toning to interior, early repair to head of title page with some loss to text ("An"). early owner signature (of Ben Basher, dated 1640) to center of title page, brief annotations in similar hand to verso of title page and several leaves. $400. * First edition. Doctor and Student was first published in 1523, and is cast in the form of two dialogues between a doctor of divinity and a law student. It discusses the nature and object of law, the religious and ethical standards of law, the foundations of the common law, equity and the jurisdiction of Parliament. It was an influential work into the eighteenth century. Its only abridgment, An Exact Abridgement was produced by an anonymous editor with the initials, seen at then end of the preface, "I.L." A second edition was published in 1658. The annotations in our copy are brief glosses on the text. English Short-Title Catalogue S116394.
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