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FRAUNCE, Abraham (fl. 1587-1633). The Lawiers Logike, exemplifying the praecepts of logike by the practice of the common lawe. London: William How, for Thomas Gubbin, and T. Newman, 1588.
4° (197 x 148mm). Black and roman letter. Title within typographical border, woodcut initials, folding letterpress table between 2i2 and 2i3. (Title rather soiled, creased and with short tears at outer margin, a few other leaves creased, a few margins ragged at edges.) Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, leaves from an Act of Henry VIII used as pastedowns (without front free endpaper), contained in brown morocco-backed cloth box. Provenance: Latin annotations in an early hand and paragraph markings; Ambrose Holbech of Mollington in the County of Warwick (armorial bookplate dated 1702); Bernard Quaritch (collation note by J.S. Ferguson at end).
FIRST EDITION, one of three variants, partly derived from Pierre de la Ramée's Dialectica. Fraunce was called to the bar at Gray's Inn, and practised in the court of the marches of Wales. But he was also a poet, and his dedication to the Earl of Pembroke in this work is in rhymed hexameters, quotations from Latin and English poets appear in the text, and Virgil's second eclogue is included both in the original and in his own English hexameters (2K1v-2K3v). Sweet & Maxwell I p. 167 no. 12: 'From this work Shakespeare is supposed to have acquired some of his legal knowledge'; STC 11344.
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