An Updated Edition of Dugdale's Origines Juridicialia Cooke, Edward, Compiler. [Dugdale, Sir William (1605-1686)]. Chronica Juridicialia: Or, A General Calendar of the Years of Our Lord God, and Those of the Several Kings of England, From the First Year of William the Conqueror, Successively Down to this First Year of the Reign of our Most Dread Sovereign K. James II. Together with a Chronological Table of the Names of all the Lord Chancellors, And Lord Keepers of the Great Seal of England, Justices of the Kings-Bench and Common-Pleas, Barons of the Exchequer, And Serjeants at Law. With a Table of All Their Names, Alphabetically Disposed, For the Greater Ease of the Peruser, And the Years Both of Our Lord and the King Joyned with Them. To Which is Added a Catalogue of All Those Arch-Bishops and Bishops, Who Have Been Intrusted with the Most Eminent and Honorary Places in the Civil State of this Kingdom. London: Printed for H. Sawbridge, At the Bible on Ludgate Hill, And T. Simmons, 1685. [xiv], , 209,  pp. Octavo (7-1/4" x 4-1/2"). Contemporary calf with later rebacking, raised bands and hand-lettered paper title label to spine, hinges mended. Light rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities with wear to corners, later owner signature (Stephen Woulfe) to front pastedown, brief early annotations to front and rear free endpapers. Moderate toning to interior, light soiling and early owner name (Holmes) in tiny hand to title page. $250. * First edition, one of two issues from 1685. This is an updated version of Dugdale's Origines Juridiciales. First published in 1666, it is a rich mine of information concerning the sources of English law and the history of the early English legal profession, and provides a wealth of interesting information about the procedures, customs, ceremonies and administration of the Inns of Court and Chancery. "[This] book was the chief authority for the history of the Inns; and it is by no means superseded even at the present day." (Holdsworth). Cooke's updated version was reissued in 1739 and c. 1740. The ESTC says both 1685 issues have a portrait frontispiece, but we have examined several copies that do not have one. Holdsworth, The Historians of Anglo-American Law 41. English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC) R229396.
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