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by Bracton, Henry de; Printing and the Mind of Man 89

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1569. London, 1569. First edition. London, 1569. First edition. Printing and the Mind of Man 89: The "Crown and Flower of Medieval Jurisprudence" Bracton, Henry de, [d. 1268]. De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae, Libri Quinq; In Varios Tractatus Distincti, ad Diversorum et Vetustissimorum Codicum Collationem, Ingenti Cura, Nunc Primu Typis Vulgati; Quorum Quid Cuiq; Insit, Proxima Pagina Demonstrabit. London: Apud Richardum Tottellum, 1569. [xvi], 444 [i.e. 442] ff. Folio (11-1/4" x 7-3/4"). Seventeenth century-style calf, blind rules, gilt rules and large central arabesques to boards, raised bands, blind fillets, gilt ornaments and lettering piece to spine, endpapers renewed (but not affixed to pastedowns to simulate period style), gilt rules to board edges, early hand-lettered title to fore-edge of text block. Moderate toning to text, occasional light browning to outer edges of margins, fold lines and some soiling to upper corners of 16 leaves near rear of text block, spark burns to a few leaves, lower corner lacking from leaf GGGggiii (Fol. 393) with no loss to text, light soiling, edgewear and later owner signature (A. Hacker) to title page. A landmark work in a notably handsome binding. $12,500. * First edition. Written between 1250 and 1256, De Legibus et Consuetudinibus Angliae [The Laws and Customs of England] is the first treatise on English law. A systematic work, it emphasizes the separation of procedural and substantive matters and also cites cases as sources of at least intellectual, if not formal, authority. The principles formulated in this work and its use of precedents determined the development of English law and established the method adopted by Littleton and Coke. In Maitland's words, it is "the crown and flower of English medieval jurisprudence" and "by far the greatest of our medieval law books.": Maitland, Collected Papers II:43. Beale, Bibliography of Early English Law Books T323. Printing and the Mind of Man 89. English Short-Title Catalogue S122159.


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