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

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by William Sheppard

Over a thirty-three-year writing career Sheppard produced forty-nine editions of his twenty-three books on the law and there is a fundamental consistency in the considerable contributions to legal literature of this formidably industrious and productive author. He broke new ground in the literature of actions on the case, the law of corporations, and standardized precedents for land records [1]
In May 1656 Sheppard's second legal encyclopaedia, An Epitome of All the Common and Statute Laws of the Nation now in Force (1656), was printed ‘by his highness's special command’ (title page). [2]

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.

Edition:

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.

References

  1. Nancy L. Matthews, ‘Sheppard, William (bap. 1595, d. 1674)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 6 June 2013
  2. Nancy L. Matthews, ‘Sheppard, William (bap. 1595, d. 1674)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 6 June 2013