An Exact Abridgment in English of All the Reports of that Learned...
by Dyer, Sir James; Ireland, Sir Thomas, Compiler
1651. First English Translation of Dyer's Abridged Reports Dyer, Sir James [1512-1582]. Ireland, Sir Thomas, Compiler. An Exact Abridgment in English of All the Reports of that Learned and Reverend Judge Sir James Dyer Knight, And Sometimes Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. Composed by Sir Thomas Ireland Knight, Late of Grayes-Inne, And Heretofore Reader of That Honorable Society. Wherein is Contained the Very Substance of All Those Reports at Large. With a Perfect Table to the Same, Being a Perfect Abstract of Every Particular Case. London: Printed for Matthew Walbancke, And John Place, 1651. [iv], [viii], 128, 145-295,  pp. 8-page" Table of Cases" misbound before main text. Signature K (pp. 129-144) lacking. Octavo (5-3/4" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, rebacked in calf, blind rules to boards, lettering piece and gilt-edges raised bands to spine, endpapers renewed. Light rubbing and a few faint stains to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with wear to corners. Moderate toning to text, somewhat heavier in places, faint dampstaining to margins in places, minor worming to some leaves with negligible loss to text. Brief annotations and tiny inkstains to a few leaves, interior otherwise clean. * First edition of the first English translation of Un Abridgment des Reports de les Tres-Reverend Judge, Segnior Dyer (1602). Dyer was one of the first reporters to make a lasting contribution to the development of the common law. Reporting cases in Common Pleas and Exchequer, his Reports is esteemed for its consistent high quality and inclusion of material, such as quotations from manuscript documents, that does not appear in any other source. The first printed edition of Dyer appeared in 1585 with the title Ascuns Novel Cases. It went through numerous editions. The abridgments in Law-French and English were equally popular. English Short-Title Catalogue R13415. (Inventory #: 65440)
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