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Item #79281 An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of this Nation, Now in. William Sheppard.
An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of this Nation, Now in...
An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of this Nation, Now in...
An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of this Nation, Now in...
An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of this Nation, Now in...
An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of this Nation, Now in...

An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of this Nation, Now in...

A New Departure for the Abridgment Sheppard, William [fl. 1660]. An Epitome of All the Common & Statute Laws of This Nation Now in Force. Wherein More than Fifteen Hundred of the Hardest Words or Terms of the Law are Explained; And All of the Most Useful and Profitable Heads or Titles of the Law by Way of Common Place, Largely, Plainly, and Methodically Handled. With an Alphabetical Table. London: Printed for W. Lee, D. Pakeman [et al.], 1656. [xxiv], 1131, [1] pp. Leaves 6G2 and 6G3 bound out of order; text complete. Folio (11-1/2" x 7"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, raised bands and blind fillets to spine, gilt tooling to board edges, hand-lettered title to spine and fore-edge of text block. Light rubbing and a few shallow scratches and small stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, a few small (worm?) holes to spine, front joint starting at foot, corners bumped and worn, hinges cracked, pastedowns loosening slightly but secure, later bookplate (of Dr. and Mrs. H.R. Knohl) to front pastedown, early annotations in a neat hand to verso of front free endpaper. Light toning to interior, minor worming to lower inside corner of approximately first third of text block (text not affected), light soiling, tiny spark burns and very faint marginal stains to several leaves, later owner signature (of Thomas Hewthwaite) and early owner signature (of R[ober]t Colthirst) to title page, brief annotations, corrections and manicules in Colthirst's elegant hand to a few leaves. An appealing copy. $3,500. * First edition. Sheppard's Epitome marked a significant change in the nature of abridgments. Unlike other examples, which are collections of notes of cases and statutes arranged loosely under headings and sub-headings, Sheppard's is comprised of entries on all branches of the law. The Epitome is divided into 170 chapters and arranged alphabetically from "Acceptance" to "Words." Dedicated to Oliver Cromwell, it was inspired, at least in part, by the reforming spirit of the Commonwealth. Notable works that followed Sheppard's example, and went on to inspire the modern legal encyclopedia, are Bacon's Abridgement and Comyn's Digest. English Short-Title Catalogue R10939.

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