STATHAM (NICHOLAS) Abridgment of cases, first edition, [Rouen], Guillaume Le Talleur, for Richard Pynson, [c.1488-90]
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STATHAM (NICHOLAS)
Abridgment of cases, first edition, [Rouen], Guillaume Le Talleur, for Richard Pynson, [c.1488-90]
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STATHAM (NICHOLAS) Abridgment of cases, first edition, [Rouen], Guillaume Le Talleur, for Richard Pynson, [c.1488-90]
[STATHAM (NICHOLAS)]
Abridgment of cases, FIRST EDITION, 184 leaves (of 190, lacking first leaf of table ¶1, supplied in early manuscript facsimile, and final 5 leaves), 50 lines, secretary type, a1 rubricated and with large initial E supplied, marginalia and occasional addenda throughout in an early cursive hand (trimmed at fore-edge), a few light dampstains, final third with scattered pink bloom, ¶2 remargined at gutter, h2, k3, t6, and final 2 leaves with edge repairs, modern half morocco [ISTC is00689000; BMC VIII 390; Goff S689; GW M43245; HC(Add) 15092], folio (310 x 215mm.), [Rouen], Guillaume Le Talleur, for Richard Pynson, [c.1488-90]

Footnotes

  • THE FIRST BOOK ON ENGLISH LAW, with abridgements of cases decided in the English courts between the reigns of Edward I and Henry VI. "This book, the first example of a printed abridgement, and the first major enterprise by Pynson, bears no title; but it has been known since early Tudor times as Statham and there is no other candidate for the attribution.... It could have been a book merely owned by Statham; and yet a legal joke from Derbyshire (concerning the miller of Matlock), under the heading 'Toll', might be taken to afford some confirmation of Statham's involvement in its compilation" (ODNB). The table may have been printed later; bearing the words "Per me. R. pynson" at the end, it may have been compiled, rather than printed, by Pynson.

    Provenance: Daines Barrington (1727-1800), judge and author of Observations on the Statutes, who gave many books to the Inner Temple Library, ownership inscription on a1; Albert May Todd (1850–1931), peppermint tycoon, bookplate by Tiffany & Co.; purchased from Dawson, 24 March 1942, pencil note.

Saleroom notices

  • Not the first printed book on English law, but the first to have abridgements of cases.
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