The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes [Laws] of England or a Commentary upon Littleton, not the name of the Author only, but of the Law it selfe [itself]. [With “A Table to the First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England – Alphabetically composed”].
The Fourth Edition, corrected [Text in English – French – Latin]. London, Printed by M.F.I.H. and R.T. Assignes of I. More Esquire, 1639. 20 cm x 28.7 cm. Woodcut – Titlepage of Sir Edward Coke by John Payne, , 395 leaves numbered consecutively on the rectos only, resulting in 790 pages plus 30 unnumbered pages of Index (collation complete). Hardcover / Wonderfully restored reverse leather on five raised bands with new spine-label. Original endpapers (restored) with ink annotations and name of preowner “John Daynes”. Several annotations throughout the book. Manuscript ownership inscription of John Daynes and Alice [Ryvette] and later owners include John Rix stud. (dated 1729) to endpaper and halftitle. Signs of old (now restored) dampstains to endpaper and pastedowns. Some faded dampstains to the outer margins of some of the pages. Paper margins professionally restored. Rare ! After the fantastic restoration this is now a very good condition of this rare version of Coke’s masterpiece on English Law !
Provenance Research regarding the preowners John Daynes and Alice Ryvette: “Aboard the Concord, in 1602, Capt. Bartholemew Gosnold discovered Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, which he named after his infant daughter, and Elizabeth Island, named after Queen Elizabeth. Captains Anthony Gosnold and his son, Bartholemew Gosnold were first cousins, by marriage, to John Daynes husband of Alice Ryvette, whose mother was Christian (Gosnold) Ryvette, aunt to Capt. Anthony Gosnold, and great aunt to Anthony’s son, Bartholemew Gosnold”.