The English Lawyer, Describing A Method for the Managing of the Lawes.
by Dodderidge, Sir John; Doddridge, Sir John
1631. Copy of Doddridge's English Lawyer with Two Interesting Associations: Theron Metcalf and John Poulett Doddridge, Sir John [1555-1628]. The English Lawyer. Describing a Method for the Managing of the Lawes of this Land. And Expressing the Best Qualities Requisite in the Student, Practizer, Judges and Fathers of the Same. London: Printed by the Assignes of I. More Esq, 1631. [viii], 271,  pp. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-1/4"). Handsome period-style quarter calf over marbled boards, endleaves retained. Minor wear to head of spine, corners lightly bumped, hinges partially cracked, original spine lettering piece and gilt-stamped device of John Poulett, originally part of front board, affixed to front pastedown, signature of Theron Metcalf dated 1834 to front free endpaper. Light browning to text, light soiling to title page. Occasional check marks, brackets and underlining in pencil, "0-1-0" in ink to head to title page in tiny hand, interior otherwise clean. A nice copy with two interesting associations. * Only edition. Doddridge wrote this book to advise aspiring lawyers. Among other points, such as suggested readings and advice concerning personal demeanor, he urges the student to acquire a solid liberal-arts education that emphasizes subjects with practical application, such as logic and etymology. Regarding the specifics of legal education, he discusses the best methods of study and information on the sources and principles of English law. Holdsworth said it was the "most notable" book of its kind. As distinguished a jurist as Coke and Bacon, Doddridge was a counselor of the King's Bench, a Serjeant for Prince Henry, Solicitor-General, a Member of Parliament and the author of five important works, all published posthumously. Poulett [1663-1743], 1st Earl Poulett, a Knight of the Garter, was First Lord of the Treasury. Metcalf [1784-1875], a distinguished New England jurist and legal writer, was an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Holdsworth, A History of English Law V:397-398. English Short-Title Catalogue S109764. (Inventory #: 65078)
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