The Only Published Volume of Reports of the Court of Wards and Liveries Ley, Sir James [1550-1629]. Reports of Divers Resolutions in Law, Arising Upon Cases in the Court of Wards, And Other Courts at Westminster, In the Reign of the Late Kings, King James and King Charles. Collected by the Right Honorable, Sir James Ley, Knight and Baronet, Earl of Marlborough, &c. Whilst He was Attorney of the Courts of Wards and Liveries and Now Published for the Common Good, According to His Lordships Manuscript. With Two Exact Tables, the One of the Cases, And the Other of the Principal Matters Therein Contained. London: Printed by Tho. Roycroft for H. Twyford [et al.], 1659. [iv], 83, ; 27,  pp. Two parts in one volume. Folio (10-3/4" x 7"). Contemporary sheep, blind rules to boards, raised bands to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, "Ley" in early hand to fore-edge of text block. Light rubbing to boards, which are slightly bowed, moderate rubbing to extremities, two small chips to spine, rear joint starting at ends, corners bumped and lightly worn, pastedowns loose with small sections removed from edges. Moderate toning to interior, somewhat heavier in places, soiling and early owner signature (W. Coyton) and initials (W.C.) to title page. $550. * First edition of the only published volume of reports of the Court of Wards and Liveries, which dealt with difficult issues relating to the property of minors and the insane. The Court of Wards and Liveries, in which the majority of cases are here reported, was abolished before the book appeared. "The other courts at Westminster" mentioned in the title are The Court of Star Chamber and King's Bench. Ley's 27-page Instructions for Our Master of Our Wards and Liveries, for the Better Authorizing and Directing of Him in the Execution of His Office, And Performance of Our Service is appended to the main text. English Short-Title Catalogue R13805.
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