Edward Coke. Institutes of the Laws of England - Second, Third and Fourth Parts.

    The Second Part.
    London: Printed by W. Rawlins, for Thomas Basset, 1681. Sixth edition. Quarto. x, 744 pages, [xxxviii]. Rebound in library buckram with red and black spine labels gilt. Outer corner of title page repaired and re-margined with tape; all else clean and tight. Very good. [and:] The Third Part. London: Printed by W. Rawlins, for Thomas Basset, 1680. Sixth edition. Quarto. [vi], 243 pages, [xviii]. Rebound in library buckram with red and black spine labels gilt. First three pages, including title page, soiled and chipped; title page and first page of table of contents tape-repaired; all else clean and tight. Very good.[and:] The Fourth Part. London: Printed by John Streater, Henry Twyford, Elizabeth Flesher, Assigns of Richard Atkyns, and Edward Atkyns, 1671. Fifth edition. Quarto. [xii], 364 pages, [xxxv]. Rebound in quarter leather with cloth sides, red and black spine labels gilt. Edges rubbed. Spine ends chipped. Front board detached but present. Contents clean and tight. Very good.

    Sir Edward Coke is most remembered for his forceful championship of the supremacy of the common law. He defended the common law against the prerogative power of the crown and the encroachments of ecclesiastical jurisdiction. In 1628 he published the first of four volumes of Institutes, which delineated some of the basic rights of an individual in a stable legal order. The last three volumes, which included an analysis of the Magna Carta, were so incendiary that they were suppressed by King Charles I for almost a decade after Coke's death. These books, as well as his case reports, were accepted as first principles of law.

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