A Treatise of the Lawes of the Forest Wherein is Declared Not Onely...
by Manwood, John
1615. The First Work on the Law of the King's Forest Manwood, John [d.1610]. A Treatise of the Lawes of the Forest: Wherein is Declared Not Onely Those Lawes, As They Are Now In Force, But Also the Originall and Beginning of Forests: And What a Forest is In His Owne Proper Nature, And Wherein the Same Doth Differ From a Chase, A Parke, A Warren, With All Such Things As Are Incident or Belonging Thereunto, With Their Severall Proper Termes of Art. Also a Treatise of the Pourallee, Declaring What Pourallee Is, How the Same First Began, What a Pourallee Man May Do, How He May Hunt and Use His Owne Pourallee, How Farre He May Pursue and Follow After His Chase, Together With the Limits and Bounds, As Well of the Forest, As the Pourallee. Collected, As Well Out of the Common Lawes and Statutes of This Land, As Also out of Sundrie Learned Ancient Authors, And Out of the Assises of Pickering and Lancaster. Whereunto Are Added that Statutes of the Forest, A Treatise of the Severall Offices of Verderors, Regardors, and Forests, & the Courts of Attachments, Swanimote, & Justice Seat of the Forest, And Certaine Principal Cases, Iudgements, and Entries of the Assises of Pickering and Lancaster: Never Heretofore Printed for the Publique. London: Printed for the Societie of Stationers, 1615. [xv], 258 [i.e. 259],  ff. Quarto (7-1/4" x 5-3/4"). Contemporary calf, blind rules to boards, rebacked in period style, gilt-edged raised bands and lettering piece to spine, early hand-lettered title (and a few ink spatters) to fore-edge, hinges mended, free endpapers renewed, blank endleaf before rear free endpaper lacking. Moderate rubbing to boards, heavier rubbing to extremities, corners worn, recent owner bookplate to front pastedown. Moderate toning, puncture to outside margins of ff. 212-226, minor worming to fore-edges of final 16 leaves. Later signature (Henry Mathews) to front pastedown, early signature (Nic: Starkie) and initials (ES) to head of title page, occasional brief early annotations, later annotations in pencil to a few other leaves. An appealing copy. * First expanded edition. First published in 1598, it remained a standard text well into the twentieth century. This enlarged edition, which is the third chronologically, includes a great deal of information that does not appear in the first and second editions. Forests were (Inventory #: 65687)
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