Davies's Reports Davies, Sir John [1569-1626]. Le Primer Report des Cases et Matters en Ley Resolues & Adiudges en les Courts del Roy en Ireland. Collect & Digest per Sr. Iohn Dauys Chivaler, Atturney Generall del Roy en Cest Realme. London: Printed [by Adam Islip] for the Company of Stationers, 1628. , 84, 84-99 ff. Complete. No other volumes issued. Folio (10-1/2" x 6-3/4"). Contemporary speckled calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands, blind fillets and later handwritten label to spine, gilt rules to board edges. Light rubbing and a few scuffs, nicks and scratches to boards, which are bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities, spine ends crudely (but neatly) mended, corners bumped and somewhat worn, hinges starting at head, later armorial bookplate (of William Hopkinson), presentation bookplate from Hopkinson to the County Magistrates, Lincoln, and another plate listing previous owners of the book to front pastedown. Light toning to interior, somewhat heavier in a few places, very light foxing, light soiling and faint dampstaining to margins in a few places, a few partial cracks to text block, all leaves secure, occasional ink annotations in a later hand. $1,000. * Second edition (and the first published in England). Davies, or Davys, was a highly respected lawyer, judge, statesman and man of letters. First issued in Dublin in 1615, Davies's Reports covers cases from 1604 to 1612. Selected "principally for the use and benefit of our practisers here in Ireland," it soon became an oft-cited authority in England; it was praised by Willes, Lee and Lords Kenyon and Tindal. The first edition was published in Dublin in 1615. The annotations to our copy are mostly brief glosses with a few references to later cases, with the latest of these dated 1896. A bookplate on the front pastedown traces part of this book's ownership history to 1636, when it belonged to George Viscount Chaworth of Armagh, Chief Justice of Common Pleas in Ireland. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:299 (42). English Short-Title Catalogue S123364.
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