London, England: A. Crooke, W. Leake, A. Roper, F. Tyton, T. Dring, T. Collins, F. Place, W. Place, F. Starkey, T. Bassett, R. Pawlett, S. Heyricke, and G. Dawes, Booksellers in FleetStreet and Holborne. 1669. Fourth Edition. Leather-bound ESTC R35651. Quarto. 11 1/2" x 7 1/4". Recent rebinding in polished calf, with a faint scratch (each) to front and rear boards. Five raised bands, six compartments, bright gilt lettering (author's name, and title). Black letter edition. A very few pages browned. 1" x 2.25" chip from top corner of titlepage. Fourth Edition includes an alphabetical table, "not heretofore printed". The fourth part of Coke's exhaustive legal history. ESTC R35651. Very Good Plus. Item #76762
"Coke was considered to be the greatest jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras..." (Baker, An Introduction to English Legal History, 2002). Topics considered include (but not limited to) Councell Board or Table; Court of the High Steward of England; Court of Star-Chamber; Court for Redresse of Delays of Judgements in the King's great Courts; Court of King's Bench; Court of Request; Court of Common Pleas; Court of Exchequer; Court of Augmentations; Court of General Surveyors of the King's Lands; Court of Chivalry; Court of the Marshallsea; Court of Peculiars; etc. etc. Among other well-known cases, Coke's challenge to the Ecclesiastical Courts is said to constitute the foundation of the right to silence (the right to remain so). But Coke as a law writer was as far superior in importance and merit to his predecessors, at least if we except Bracton, as the Elizabethan writers in general were superior to those whom they succeeded, and, as the great Elizabethans fixed the standard of our English tongue, so Coke established the common law on its firm foundation..." (John Marshall Gest, in The Writings of Sir Edward Coke, in the Yale Law Journal Volume 18, No. 7. Lovely book.