LAW [Abridgement of Laws of Norman-French]

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Lot 197
[STATHAM (NICHOLAS)]
Abridgement of Laws of Norman-French

Sold for £ 21,510 (US$ 28,694) inc. premium
LAW AND INCUNABULA
[Abridgement of Laws of Norman-French], 190 leaves, 50 lines and headline, lettre bâtarde, device of Le Talleur at end [Davies 184], early annotations on the blanks at beginning, end and a few leaves of text including that under the name of Pynson, first leaf of text with ownership inscriptions of John Halloway, Oxford 10 July 1615, and Francis Hobler Walbrook, 23 February 1826, one or two leaves very slightly dust-soiled, contemporary French calf, panelled with roll-tool borders, rebacked, repairs at edges, new endpapers, Birmingham Law Society copy gilt lettered on upper cover with gilt stamp on lower cover, an excellent copy with wide margins [BMC VIII, 390; HC(Add) 15092; Duff 374; STC 23238; Goff S-689], folio (312 by 230mm.), [Rouen, Guillaume Le Talleur for Richard Pynson, c.1488-90]

Footnotes

  • The first edition of the first printing of an abridgement of English case-law, and the first book commissioned by Richard Pynson as he made the transition from glover and bookbinder to publisher and printer. Pynson commissioned Le Talleur to print this and Littleton's Tenores novelli, using a type apparently developed specifically for the purpose. The work digests case-law from Edward I up to the end of the reign of Henry VI. The attribution to Statham, governor and reader at Lincoln's Inn between 1456 and 1472 is traditional. The work may have compiled by students under his tutelage. The only other perfect copy recorded at auction in the last 25 years was the rebound example in the Broxbourne sale (1978). John Halloway (Holloway), was a reader and fellow of New College, as well as public notary and registrar for Berkshire (died 1632).
LAW [Abridgement of Laws of Norman-French]
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