London: W. Rawlins, S. Roycroft and H. Sawbridge, assigns of Richard and Edward Atkins, 1683. Hardcover. The third impression, carefully corrected, with the addition of many thousand of references never before printed. George Croke (1560-1642) began reporting law cases in 1581, and is mentioned as an advocate in his own reports in 1588. He established a lucrative practice and built up estates in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Croke’s law reports, published after his death in a translation from the law French by Harbottle Grimston his son-in-law, soon occupied a considerable place in the authoritative literature of the common law. The 12 active years which he spent on the King’s bench coincided with some of the great constitutional cases of the century. This is the last of three volumes that covered the reigns of Elizabeth I, James VI, and Charles I. Bound in contemporary brown leather with red title label to spine. Leather is rubbed, chipped, and bumped. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers. Early ownership signatures on front pastedown. Title page is torn along the right margin and all pages have aging to margins. Still very good. Quarto volume. 610 pages plus two tables of cases and of abstracts of matters and points of law. LAW/041412. Very Good.
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