3 June 2009
STATHAM, Nicholas (d.1472). Abridgement of cases, in Anglo-French of the law courts. [Rouen]: Guillaume Le Talleur, for Richard Pynson, [c. 1488-90].
Chancery 2° (299 x 215mm). Collation: \Kp\k2 a-y8 z \\i6 (\Kp\k1r blank, \Kp\k1v index, a1r text, \\i6v Le Talleur device). 188 leaves (of 190, lacking \Kp\k2, quires r and s bound in reverse order). 50 lines and headline, shoulder notes. Type: 2:111G, 6:85G, 7:81B. 11-line initial space. (A few headlines shaved, occasional light dampstain, short wormtrack affecting a few letters in quires r and s.) 17th-century calf ruled in blind, author's name written on fore-edge (rebacked). Provenance: annotated and with an extensive index written in a contemporary hand -- 18th-century bibliographical notes on front flyleaf.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST PRINTED ABRIDGEMENT OF CASE-LAW, printed by the first printer at Rouen, Le Talleur, for Pynson at London. The abridgement contains cases decided in the Courts between the reigns of Edward I and Henry VI. Duff speculates that the 2-leaf index may have been printed later and added only to some copies. The present copy supports Duff's suggestion, since its two-leaf manuscript index written in a strictly contemporary hand makes clear that the copy never contained a printed index. HC(Add) 15092; BMC VIII, 390 (IB. 43928; C.11.c.12); CIBN S-375; Duff 374; STC 23238; Goff S-689.
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