Direction for Search of Records Remaining in the Chancerie, Tower...
"For the Clearing of All Such Titles, And Questions" Powell, Thomas [1572?-1635?]. Direction for Search of Records Remaining in the Chancerie. Tower. Exchequer, With the Limnes thereof: Viz. The Kings Remembrancer. Lord Treasurers Remembrancer. Clarke of the Extreats. Pipe. Auditors. The First Fruits. Augmentation of the Revenue. Kings Bench. Common Pleas. Records of Courts Christian. For the Clearing of All Such Titles, And Questions, As the Same May Concerne. With the Accustomed Fees of Search: And Diverse Necessarie Observations. London: Printed by B.A. for Paul Man, 1622. [xiv], 78,  pp. Lacking first and final leaves, both blanks. Quarto (7-3/4" x 5-1/2"). Later speckled calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked and recornered in period style retaining original lettering piece, gilt tooling to board edges, blind tooling to inner board edges, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and a few minor nicks, scratches and stains to boards, a few chips to edges of lettering piece, moderate rubbing to board edges. Woodcut head-pieces, tail-pieces and decorated initials. Light toning to interior, occasional faint dampstaining to top-edge, light foxing and soiling in a few places, minor tears and chips to edges of a few leaves, text not affected, early manicules to a few pages and ink mark to title page. $650. * Only edition. Powell was a notable poet, a man of letters and an industrious legal antiquarian. In this work, the Attourney's Academy and the Attornies' Almanack Powell offered guidance to lawyers concerning the location and use of records, mostly to settle title claims. All are mentioned favorably by Holdsworth, who notes that the study of early records was an important aspect of legal education. In a sense, these books helped students to locate material for study. They are also important sources for students of Shakespeare. (All are listed in Lee's Catalogue of Shakespeareana). OCLC locates 4 copies in North American law libraries (Harvard, Library of Congress, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania). Holdsworth, History of English Law V:381. English Short-Title Catalogue S115034.
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