Lex Londinensis; Or, The City Law. Shewing the Powers, Customs and...
The City Law [City of London]. [Court of Common Council]. Lex Londinensis; Or, The City Law. Shewing the Powers, Customs and Practice of All the Several Courts Belonging to the Famous City of London: viz. The Lord Majors Court. The Orphans Court. The Court of Hustings. The Court of Common Councel. The Court of Aldermen. The Wardmotes. The Courts of Conservacy for the River of Thames. The Court of Conscience. The Sheriffs Court. The Chamberlains Court. Together with Several Acts of Common Councel, Very Useful and Necessary to be Known by All Merchants, Citizens, And Freemen of the Said City. And also, A Method for the Ministers Within the Said City to Recover Their Tithes. With a Table to the Whole Book. London: Printed by S. Roycroft for Henry Twyford, 1680. [viii], 260,  pp. Octavo (6-3/4" x 4-1/4"). Contemporary or near-contemporary calf, blind panels and corner fleurons to boards, raised bands, blind fillets, later lettering piece and gilt publication date to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, edges of text block rouged. Very light gatoring in a few places, light rubbing and a few nicks and scratches to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, somewhat heavier to joints, two small nicks to spine, spine ends chipped, corners bumped and worn, pastedowns loosening, small ink annotation (shelfmark?) to front pastedown, minor worming to lower gutter of front pastedown and front endleaves. Light toning to interior, very light foxing and soiling in a few places, minor edgewear to a few leaves. A nice copy. $700. * Only edition. This book was the first digest of London's laws and guide to its courts after the revisions of the city laws from 1647 and 1658. A useful work that gathered a great deal of disparate information, it is a valuable resource today for students of seventeenth-century London and its legal system. English Short-Title Catalogue R2792.
Book number 75218