An Epitome Of All The Common & Statute Laws Of This Nation Now In Force

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by William Sheppard

Sheppard's Epitome marked a significant change in the nature of abridgements. Unlike other examples, which are collections of notes of cases and statutes arranged loosely under headings and sub-headings, Sheppard's is comprised on entries on all branches of the law. Dedicated to Oliver Cromwell, the Epitome is divided into 170 chapters and arranged alphabetically from "Acceptance" to "Words." [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: William Sheppard

Title: An Epitome Of All The Common & Statute Laws Of This Nation Now In Force: Wherein More Than Fifteen Hundred Of The Hardest Words Or Terms Of The Law Are Explained And All Of The Most Useful And Profitable Heads Or Titles Of The Law By Way Of Common Place, Largely, Plainly, And Methodically Handled

Published: London: Printed for W. Lee, D. Pakemann, F. Wright, H. Twyford, G. Bedell, Tho. Brewster, Ed. Dod, and F. PLace, 1656.


Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in contemporary calf with blind rules to boards. Rebacked in period style with raised bands and lettering pieces and renewed endleaves. Contains woodcut decorated initials. Purchased from The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.


  1. Sweet & Maxwell, A Legal Bibliography of the British Commonwealth 1:19 (19).