Philadelphia: Robert H. Small, 1853. Hardcover. First American Edition from the Nineteenth London Edition, Corrected of 1832. Edward Coke (1552-1634) is considered the most important jurist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. the Institutes of the Laws of England is one of the most influential English books on common law. Its importance is evident from the number of editions published well into the 19th century. This first part, published in 1628, took the form of a commentary on Sir Thomas Littleton's Tenures. But Coke's commentary greatly expanded on the original and covered many other topics. The first volume includes 216 pages of notes, tables of cases, and analysis and commentary on Littleton. The remainder of the volume comprises chapters divided into sections on various topics. The second volume continues the chapters and sections on legal subjects. Tan leather with red title label and black label with Butler and Hargrave's Notes to spines. Both volumes are scuffed, bumped and soiled. The joints are cracked along spines. A previous owner, William C. Holland, wrote his signature in ink on title page of first volume, and stamped the page edges and spines of both volumes with his name. Someone else wrote the word "Ready" on the front cover of volume one. Offsetting to pastedowns and free endpapers, with a few pencil notes and an earlier ownership signature in each volume. Some spotting and offsetting to text pages but they are still quite legible. Includes fold-out chart showing lines of parentage and consanguinity in volume one. An almost very good set of this legal classic. Unpaginated but each volume has several hundred pages. Very Good -.