De Laudibus Legum Angliae. Written Originally in Latin…Translated into English, Illustrated with the Notes of Mr. Selden, and Great Variety of Remarks with Respect to the Antiquities, History, and Laws of England. To which are prefix’d Mr. Selde
Fortescue, Sir John.

London: Printed by Henry Lintot, 1741. The second edition of Gregor’s translation, with Selden’s notes in Latin. Edges foxed, occasional light foxing otherwise. Old ink signature on title-page. A good, clean copy, though lacking the frontisportrait. Rebound in modern cloth with gilt black leather spine label, new endpapers. Folio. [4], lxiv, 130, [14], [2 (Item ID: 7553)

$300.00

“He explains the difference between the absolute and a limited monarchy…He then goes on to compare the English common law with the civil law.. He gives us our earliest account of the Inns of Court, legal education, and the ranks of the legal profession.. He explains certain elementary doctrines of the common law, and gives an account of some of its most salient features. It is just because it was written to instruct one who was not a lawyer, that it contains information which, being well known to all contemporary lawyers, we get from no other legal writer” (Holdsworth).

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