Christopher Saint Germain. The Dialoges in English, Betwene a Docter of Divinity, and a Student in the Lawes of England. Newly Corrected and Imprinted, With New Additions. London: Richard Tottell, 1580.

    Small octavo. 176, [4] leaves.

    Contemporary full brown calf, blind-ruled and with central blind-stamped device within an oval, expertly rebacked retaining the original spine. Marginal annotations in a contemporary hand. Overall, a very good copy with generous margins.

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    A very important work in the development of equity laws frequently cited and of great influence to generations of legal scholars down to Blackstone and later. Written originally in Latin in 1523, this work contains two dialogues between a doctor of divinity and a student of English law, and is known for putting into popular form canonist learning regarding the nature and object of law, the religious and moral standards of law, the foundations of the common law and other discussions regarding the jurisdiction of Parliament. Doctor and Student appeared in numerous editions.


    "As it happened, the appearance of Doctor and Student was extremely opportune, published as it was at the very time when the administration of equity had passed from ecclesiastical hands to those of Sir Thomas More and professional lawyers upon the fall of Cardinal Wolsey. Doctor and Student- showing the connection between canon law and the principles of equity- was thus in the nature of a bridge which enabled English equity to preserve a continuity, in spite of the change in its administration. It is interesting to note that until the appearance, in the sixties of the eighteenth century, of Blackstone's famous Commentaries on the Laws of England, St. Germain's Doctor and Student was the recognized text for students of English law in England" (James Scott Brown, Law, the State, and the International Community, 2002). Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:25(34). STC 21574.5.

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