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{{DISPLAYTITLE:''The First Part of the Institutes of the Lawes of England, or, A Commentary upon Littleton, not the Name of the Author Only, but of the Law It Selfe''}}
 
===by Sir. Edward Coke===
 
===by Sir. Edward Coke===
 
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4th ed, corrected. London: Printed by M.F. I.H. and R.Y., assignes of I. More Esquire, 1639.
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Born on February 1, 1552 at Mileham, Norfolk, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Coke Sir Edward Coke] (1552-1634) was arguably the most prominent lawyer, legal writer, and politician during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and a defender of the common law over the use of the Stuarts' royal prerogative.<ref>''Encyclopaedia Britannica Online'', s.v. "[http://www.britannica.com/biography/Edward-Coke Sir Edward Coke]," accessed October 3, 2013.</ref><br/>  
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}}[[File:CokeFirstPartOfTheInstitutes1684Frontispiece.jpg|left|thumb|250px|<center>Frontispiece.</center>]]Born on February 1, 1552 at Mileham, Norfolk, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Coke Sir Edward Coke] (1552-1634) was arguably the most prominent lawyer, legal writer, and politician during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and a defender of the common law over the use of the Stuarts' royal prerogative.<ref>''Encyclopaedia Britannica Online'', s.v. "[http://www.britannica.com/biography/Edward-Coke Sir Edward Coke]," accessed October 3, 2013.</ref><br/>  
 
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Coke began his studies in 1567 at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_College,_Cambridge Trinity College, Cambridge] during the years of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestiarian_controversy Vestiarian controversy]—puritan protests against the Church of England. In 1572 he moved on to study at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_Temple Inner Temple], where he was admitted to the bar on April 20, 1578. Coke quickly rose to prominence through his successful execution of several noteworthy cases, such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_in_Shelley%27s_Case ''Shelley’s'' case]. Coke's analytical efforts helped to refine the legal doctrines of English law, and his reputation won him a seat in Parliament. He would later become the Speaker of the House of Commons and eventually attorney general.<ref>Allen D. Boyer, "[http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/5826 Coke, Sir Edward (1552-1634)]" in ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', accessed September 18, 2013.</ref> In 1606, after being created [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serjeant-at-law serjeant-at-law], Coke was appointed chief justice of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_of_Common_Pleas_%28England%29 Court of Common Pleas]. He was transferred, against his will, to chief justice of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_of_King%27s_Bench_%28England%29 Court of King's Bench] in 1613; he also became a member of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privy_Council_of_the_United_Kingdom privy council].<ref>Boyer, "Coke, Sir Edward."</ref><br/>   
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Coke began his studies in 1567 at [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_College,_Cambridge Trinity College, Cambridge] during the years of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestiarian_controversy Vestiarian controversy]—puritan protests against the Church of England. In 1572 he moved on to study at the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_Temple Inner Temple], where he was admitted to the bar on April 20, 1578. Coke quickly rose to prominence through his successful execution of several noteworthy cases, such as [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_in_Shelley%27s_Case ''Shelley’s'' case]. Coke's analytical efforts helped to refine the legal doctrines of English law, and his reputation won him a seat in Parliament. He would later become the Speaker of the House of Commons and eventually attorney general.<ref>Allen D. Boyer, "[http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/5826 Coke, Sir Edward (1552-1634)]" in ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'' (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed September 18, 2013.</ref> In 1606, after being created [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serjeant-at-law serjeant-at-law], Coke was appointed chief justice of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_of_Common_Pleas_%28England%29 Court of Common Pleas]. He was transferred, against his will, to chief justice of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Court_of_King%27s_Bench_%28England%29 Court of King's Bench] in 1613; he also became a member of the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privy_Council_of_the_United_Kingdom privy council].<ref>Boyer, "Coke, Sir Edward."</ref><br/>   
 
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After several political and judicial skirmishes with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_VI_and_I James I] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon Francis Bacon], Coke was suspended from the privy council and removed from the bench in 1616.<ref>Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, s.v. "Sir Edward Coke."</ref> Although he never returned to the bench, Coke did return to Parliament and was elected to that body four times from 1620 to 1629. During this time he took a lead in creating and composing the  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petition_of_Right Petition of Right]. "This document cited the Magna Carta and reminded Charles I that the law gave Englishmen their rights, not the king ... Coke’s petition focused on ... due process, protection from unjust seizure of property or imprisonment, the right to trial by jury of fellow Englishmen, and protection from unjust punishments or excessive fines."<ref>''Bill of Rights Institute'' website, s.v. "[http://29866.bbnc.bbcust.com/page.aspx?pid=920 Petition of Right (1628)]," accessed October 3, 2013.</ref> After this triumph, Coke spent his remaining years at his home, Stoke Poges, working on The Institutes of the Laws of England, another endeavor for which he is rightly famous.<ref>Boyer, "Coke, Sir Edward."</ref><br/>   
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After several political and judicial skirmishes with [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_VI_and_I James I] and [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon Francis Bacon], Coke was suspended from the privy council and removed from the bench in 1616.<ref>Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, s.v. "Sir Edward Coke."</ref> Although he never returned to the bench, Coke did return to Parliament and was elected to that body four times from 1620 to 1629. During this time he took a lead in creating and composing the  [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petition_of_Right Petition of Right]. "This document cited the Magna Carta and reminded Charles I that the law gave Englishmen their rights, not the king ... Coke’s petition focused on ... due process, protection from unjust seizure of property or imprisonment, the right to trial by jury of fellow Englishmen, and protection from unjust punishments or excessive fines."<ref>''Bill of Rights Institute'' website, s.v. "[http://29866.bbnc.bbcust.com/page.aspx?pid=920 Petition of Right (1628)]," accessed October 3, 2013.</ref> After this triumph, Coke spent his remaining years at his home, Stoke Poges, working on The Institutes of the Laws of England, another endeavor for which he is rightly famous.<ref>Boyer, "Coke, Sir Edward."</ref>[[File:CokeFirstPartOfTheInstitutes1684Illustration.jpg|left|thumb|250px|<center>Portrait of Sir Thomas Littleton.</center>]]<br/>   
 
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''The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England'', published in 1628, was the only part of the four volume Institutes to be appear in print during Coke’s lifetime.<ref>William Holdsworth, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=A0c4AAAAIAAJ Some Makers of English Law: The Tagore Lectures 1937-38]'' (Cambridge: University Press, 1966), 123.</ref> Unlike the other three volumes of wholly original writing, it took the form of a commentary on an earlier work, Sir Thomas Littleton’s ''Tenures''. Littleton’s ''Tenures'' was “a brief treatise on the Laws of England in relation to land”  first published in 1481.<ref>J.H. Baker, "[http://oxforddnb.com/view/article/16787 Littleton, Sir Thomas (d. 1481)]" in ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', accessed June 10, 2015.</ref> Coke’s ''Commentary upon Littleton'' greatly expanded the original. It was organized into three columns of text: Littleton’s original Law French; Coke’s English translation; and Coke’s commentary.<ref>Hicks, 94.</ref> Coke’s additions to the original text were extensive, and included observations on issues not touched upon by Littleton at all.<ref>Holdsworth, 123.</ref> ''The First Part of the Institutes'' was “in fact a legal encyclopaedia arranged on no plan except that suggested by the words and sentences of Littleton.”<ref>Ibid.</ref>  
 
''The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England'', published in 1628, was the only part of the four volume Institutes to be appear in print during Coke’s lifetime.<ref>William Holdsworth, ''[https://books.google.com/books?id=A0c4AAAAIAAJ Some Makers of English Law: The Tagore Lectures 1937-38]'' (Cambridge: University Press, 1966), 123.</ref> Unlike the other three volumes of wholly original writing, it took the form of a commentary on an earlier work, Sir Thomas Littleton’s ''Tenures''. Littleton’s ''Tenures'' was “a brief treatise on the Laws of England in relation to land”  first published in 1481.<ref>J.H. Baker, "[http://oxforddnb.com/view/article/16787 Littleton, Sir Thomas (d. 1481)]" in ''Oxford Dictionary of National Biography'', accessed June 10, 2015.</ref> Coke’s ''Commentary upon Littleton'' greatly expanded the original. It was organized into three columns of text: Littleton’s original Law French; Coke’s English translation; and Coke’s commentary.<ref>Hicks, 94.</ref> Coke’s additions to the original text were extensive, and included observations on issues not touched upon by Littleton at all.<ref>Holdsworth, 123.</ref> ''The First Part of the Institutes'' was “in fact a legal encyclopaedia arranged on no plan except that suggested by the words and sentences of Littleton.”<ref>Ibid.</ref>  
  
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Bound in contemporary calf; hand-labeled on spine. Copy imperfect, lacks leaf 230. Includes the bookplate of "Domville Poole, Aul:trin:cant." and autographed "John L. Abbot, 1957-" in blue ballpoint on the front pastedown.  Flyleaf has numerous annotations in brown/black ink. Volume annotated throughtout in brown/black ink.
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by Sir. Edward Coke

The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England
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Title page from The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Sir Edward Coke
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Published London: Printed by William Rawlins, Samuel Roycroft, and H. Sawbridge, assigns of Richard Atkins and Edward Atkins, esquires. And are to be sold by Christopher Wilkinson, Richard Tonson, and Jacob Tonson
Date 1684
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Language French and English
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Pages 14, 28 pages, 395 numbered leaves, [62] pages
Desc. Folio (32 cm.)
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Frontispiece.
Born on February 1, 1552 at Mileham, Norfolk, Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634) was arguably the most prominent lawyer, legal writer, and politician during the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, and a defender of the common law over the use of the Stuarts' royal prerogative.[1]


Coke began his studies in 1567 at Trinity College, Cambridge during the years of the Vestiarian controversy—puritan protests against the Church of England. In 1572 he moved on to study at the Inner Temple, where he was admitted to the bar on April 20, 1578. Coke quickly rose to prominence through his successful execution of several noteworthy cases, such as Shelley’s case. Coke's analytical efforts helped to refine the legal doctrines of English law, and his reputation won him a seat in Parliament. He would later become the Speaker of the House of Commons and eventually attorney general.[2] In 1606, after being created serjeant-at-law, Coke was appointed chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas. He was transferred, against his will, to chief justice of the Court of King's Bench in 1613; he also became a member of the privy council.[3]

After several political and judicial skirmishes with James I and Francis Bacon, Coke was suspended from the privy council and removed from the bench in 1616.[4] Although he never returned to the bench, Coke did return to Parliament and was elected to that body four times from 1620 to 1629. During this time he took a lead in creating and composing the Petition of Right. "This document cited the Magna Carta and reminded Charles I that the law gave Englishmen their rights, not the king ... Coke’s petition focused on ... due process, protection from unjust seizure of property or imprisonment, the right to trial by jury of fellow Englishmen, and protection from unjust punishments or excessive fines."[5] After this triumph, Coke spent his remaining years at his home, Stoke Poges, working on The Institutes of the Laws of England, another endeavor for which he is rightly famous.[6]
Portrait of Sir Thomas Littleton.


The First Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England, published in 1628, was the only part of the four volume Institutes to be appear in print during Coke’s lifetime.[7] Unlike the other three volumes of wholly original writing, it took the form of a commentary on an earlier work, Sir Thomas Littleton’s Tenures. Littleton’s Tenures was “a brief treatise on the Laws of England in relation to land” first published in 1481.[8] Coke’s Commentary upon Littleton greatly expanded the original. It was organized into three columns of text: Littleton’s original Law French; Coke’s English translation; and Coke’s commentary.[9] Coke’s additions to the original text were extensive, and included observations on issues not touched upon by Littleton at all.[10] The First Part of the Institutes was “in fact a legal encyclopaedia arranged on no plan except that suggested by the words and sentences of Littleton.”[11]

Bookplate of Domville Poole, front pastedownn

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Description of Wolf Law Library Copy

Bound in contemporary calf; hand-labeled on spine. Copy imperfect, lacks leaf 230. Includes the bookplate of "Domville Poole, Aul:trin:cant." and autographed "John L. Abbot, 1957-" in blue ballpoint on the front pastedown. Flyleaf has numerous annotations in brown/black ink. Volume annotated throughtout in brown/black ink.

View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

References

  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, s.v. "Sir Edward Coke," accessed October 3, 2013.
  2. Allen D. Boyer, "Coke, Sir Edward (1552-1634)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004- ), accessed September 18, 2013.
  3. Boyer, "Coke, Sir Edward."
  4. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, s.v. "Sir Edward Coke."
  5. Bill of Rights Institute website, s.v. "Petition of Right (1628)," accessed October 3, 2013.
  6. Boyer, "Coke, Sir Edward."
  7. William Holdsworth, Some Makers of English Law: The Tagore Lectures 1937-38 (Cambridge: University Press, 1966), 123.
  8. J.H. Baker, "Littleton, Sir Thomas (d. 1481)" in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, accessed June 10, 2015.
  9. Hicks, 94.
  10. Holdsworth, 123.
  11. Ibid.