An Early Account of The English Close Rolls Hardy, Sir Thomas Duffus [1804-1878]. A Description of the Close Rolls in the Tower of London; With an Account of the Early Courts of Law and Equity. [London]: Printed for Private Circulation, 1833. xii, 191 pp. Octavo (8-1/2" x 5-1/4"). Later cloth, gilt title and institution name (Duchy of Lancaster) to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing to boards, slightly heavier rubbing to extremities, corners and spine ends bumped. Moderate toning to interior, underlining in pencil to a few leaves, "John Thomas Esq-/ with the Author's/ Compliments" in small hand to head of title page. $350. * Only edition. The close rolls record rights granted to individuals and groups by the English Crown during the early 13th century. Hardy trained as an archivist when he was a clerk at the Record Office at the Tower of London and ended his career as the deputy keeper of the Public Record Office. A prolific scholar and a talented paleographer, he edited several volumes for the Record Commission. British Museum Catalogue (Compact Edition) 11:716.
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