The Grandeur of the Law, Or, An Exact Collection of the Nobility...
by H.P.; Phillipps, Henry
1684. A Blend of Martindale-Hubbell and Burke's Peerage H.P., Gent. [Henry Philipps]. The Grandeur of the Law, or, An Exact Collection of the Nobility and Gentry of this Kingdom: Whose Honors and Estates Have by Some of Their Ancestors Been Acquired or Considerably Augmented by the Practice of the Law or Offices and Dignities Relating Thereunto: the Name of Such Ancestor, Together with the Time in Which he Flourished, the Society in Which he was a Member, and to What Degree in the Law he Arrived, Being Perticularly Expressed. London: Printed for Arthur Jones, 1684. [viii], 276,  pp. Last leaf blank. Copperplate portrait frontispiece (of Francis, Lord Guilford, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, to whom the work is dedicated). Octavo (6-1/4" x 3-1/2"). Contemporary sheep, gilt spine with raised bands and later lettering piece and label at foot reading "Lon: 1684." Some rubbing to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities with some wear to joints and spine ends, corners bumped and somewhat worn, front board partially detached, some offsetting to margins of endleaves. Light toning to text. Early owner signature to head of title page, pen doodle to verso, "B" in small early hand to front free endpaper. An appealing copy. * First edition. A work that combines elements of the Martindale-Hubbell directory and Burke's Peerage, this is a biographical dictionary of eminent lawyers who became members of the nobility, or achieved higher ranks as nobles, due to their legal careers. A second edition was published in 1685. Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 413. English Short-Title Catalogue R30532. (Inventory #: 65337)
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